For more information, click on underlined meeting dates. Click here for the Commonwealth Calendar listing of all government meetings open to the public, and here for the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall listing of all government meetings of a regulatory nature.
For other, non-governmental, events, please see the Water Central News Grouper post, Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events.
REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
9/11/14, 9 a.m.: Board of Forestry. At the Virginia Department of Forestry office, 106 Forestry Lane in Galax.
9/11/14, 10 a.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees. At 5089 Old Tavern Road in The Plains (Fauquier County).
9/16/14, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board. At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.
9/16/14, 9 a.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
9/17/14, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board. At the Perimeter Center, Training Rooms 1A, 1B, & 1C, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
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MEETINGS OF LEGISLATIVE BODIES
For meetings of legislative committees and commissions during General Assembly sessions (regular and special), see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?142+oth+MTG; use the drop-down menu on the left to pick the session of interest (current or past).
9/10/14, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.
9/15/14, 1:30 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Nanosatellites Advisory Committee. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.
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MEETINGS ABOUT TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS (or TMDLs) for IMPAIRED WATERS
For more information about TMDLs in Virginia, click here for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Web site; click on “Public Notices” in the menu to the left to access upcoming meetings and public-comment periods. A search tool to find approved TMDL reports is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/TMDL/TMDLDevelopment/ApprovedTMDLReports.aspx.
9/10/14, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County. At Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road in Burke.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
9/10/14, 3 p.m.: Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. At Senate Room 3, State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. On July 1, 2014, Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe signed Executive Order 19, which re-convened the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. The Commission is to review, update, and prioritize the recommendations of the 2008 Virginia Climate Change Action Plan (available online at http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/state-examples/action-plans.html#va). The group is to issue a report by June 30, 2015. For more information, see Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Convening Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 7/1/14.
Energy – Wind
9/16/14, 10:30 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority. At House Room 3, State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. According to the Authority’s Web site, http://wind.jmu.edu/offshore/vowda/index.html, the 2010 Virginia General Assembly (companion bills HB 389 and SB 577) created this Authority to “facilitate, coordinate, and support development of the offshore wind energy industry, offshore wind energy projects, and supply chain vendors….”
9/16/14, 4:30 p.m.: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Marine Products Board. At Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Watermen’s Hall, 1208 Greate Road in Gloucester Point.
Infrastructure Construction Funding
9/9/14, 9 a.m.: Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) Board of Directors. At the Bank of America Building, 1111 E. Main Street in Richmond.
Land and Watershed Management
9/10/14, 11 a.m.: Department of Taxation’s Land Evaluation Advisory Council. At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources in Charlottesville. According to the Virginia Code, Sec. 58.1-3829, the “Advisory Council shall determine and publish a range of suggested values for each of the several soil conservation service land capability classifications for agricultural, horticultural, forest and open space uses in the various areas of the Commonwealth….” Those values are used in assessing properties that qualify for use-value taxation in those land classifications.
Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
9/10/14, 9:30 a.m.: Abandoned Mine Land Advisory Committee. At the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).
9/12/14, 8:30 a.m.: Six Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearings on violations or cessation orders. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County). Click on the numbers below to go to Regulatory Town Hall information for each particular meeting:
1—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001189 for Airway Resources. The mine site is 2 miles northeast of Appalachia at Kelly View in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.
2—On Fact of Violation for Cessation Order LJJ0001150 for Airway Resources. The mine site is 2 miles northeast of Appalachia at Kelly View in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.
3—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001169 for Meg-Lynn Land Company, Inc. The mine site is 0.3 mile northeast of Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.
4—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001156 for Ambrose Branch Coal Company, Inc. The mine site is 8 miles northwest of Blackwood on Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.
5—On Notices of Violation JRJ0001493, JRJ0001651, LJJ0001185, LJJ0001175, STJ0009114, JKC0001016, JKC0001015, DXB0009268, DXB0009260, RDS0010464, RDS0010442, RDS0010444, CEV0009197 and CEV0009212, plus Cessation Order RDS0010465, for A & G Coal Corporation. Several mine locations are involved, all located in Lee County or Wise County and all in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.
6—On Notices of Violation STJ0009135, STJ0009137, STJ0009144, JRJ0001656, STJ0001659, STJ0009128, STJ0009130, and STJ0009132 for Virginia Fuels Corporation. The Regulatory Town Hall notice did not specify the mine site(s), as of 8/29/14.
9/15/14, 5 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Executive Committee. At 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk. Also on that day at the same location, the Port Authority’s e Growth and Operations Committee will meet at 2 p.m., and the Finance and Audit Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m.
River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
9/17/14, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission. At Graves Mountain Lodge, 3626 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike in Syria (Madison County). The Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly (see Va. Code section 62.1-69.27 to “provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin.” More information on the work of the Commission is available online at http://rappriverbasin.org/.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
9/9/14, 9:30 a.m.: Advisory Group on the Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWP) Regulation and VWP General Permit Regulations. At the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), 2nd Floor Training Room, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. The advisory group is assisting the DEQ and State Water Control Board in development of possible amendments to these regulations, specifically the following Virginia Administrative Code sections and subjects 9 VAC 25-210: Virginia Water Protection Permit Regulation; 9 VAC 25-660: General Permit for Impacts Less Than One-Half Acre; 9 VAC 25-670: General Permit for Facilities and Activities of Utility and Public Service Companies Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the State Corporation Commission and Other Utility Line Activities; 9 VAC 25-680: General Permit for Linear Transportation Projects; 9 VAC 25-690: General Permit for Impacts from Development Activities. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on June 2, 2014. More information about the proposed regulatory actions is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1893.
9/15/14, 10 a.m.: Stakeholder Advisory Group on the James River Chlorophyll Study. At Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences, 3701 John Tyler Memorial Highway in Charles City. The group is assisting the Department of Environmental Quality on a comprehensive review of the existing chlorophyll-a criteria and associated modeling for the tidal James. The pertinent section in the Virginia Administrative Code is VAC 25-260-310 bb.