On Virginia Water Radio for Independence Day 2015: Virginia’s Peninsula and Historic Triangle, featuring “The Great Road” by Timothy Seaman

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, Episode 273, 7-6-15, is “Taking ‘The Great Road’ by Timothy Seaman on an Independence Day Journey to the Virginia Peninsula and Historic Triangle.”  The 3 min./42 sec. episode features music by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg about the “Great Road” in the Jamestown colony and its commemoration in today’s Colonial Parkway between Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.  The episode discusses their location within the Virginia Peninsula between the James and York rivers, and the historical and present day significance of the Peninsula.

Happy July 4th!

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen!

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for July 3–July 20, 2015

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.

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

7/9/15, 9 a.m.: Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. At 7870 Villa Park Drive in Henrico.

7/9/15, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists’ Wetland Delineator Exam Committee. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

7/9/15, 1 p.m.: Stormwater Committee of the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

7/14/15, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board’s State Advisory Board on Air Pollution. At the Department of Environmental Quality’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen. This meeting will include a presentation on the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (regulation of carbon emissions by existing power plants).

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MEETINGS OF LEGISLATIVE BODIES

For meetings of legislative committees and commissions, see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+oth+MTG. Links to information about General Assembly commissions, councils, and special interim committees coordinated by the Division of Legislative Services are available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions.html.

7/8/15, 1 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. In the 3rd Floor East Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

7/13/15, 8 a.m.: Commission on Electric Utility Regulation. In Senate Room B, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street 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.

7/6/15, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road in Burke.

7/10/15, 10 a.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacteria impairments in the Rapidan River and several tributaries (Beautiful Run, Blue Run, Marsh Run, Poplar Run, Rippin Run, and unnamed tributaries), in the Rappahannock River watershed in Albemarle, Greene, Madison, and Orange counties. At the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office, 2 South Main Street in Madison.

7/16/15, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study (stressor analysis) of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Kits Creek (Meherrin River/Chowan River watershed) in Lunenburg County. At the Lunenburg Courts Building, 160 Courthouse Square in Lunenburg.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Mining

7/8/15, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearing on Fact of Violation for Cessation Order LJJ0001787 for VA Coal, LLC. At the mine site, 5 miles west of Norton on Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

State Parks
7/7/15, 6 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation public meeting on the York River State Park Master Plan.   At the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road in Williamsburg.

Stormwater
7/13/15, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stormwater Stakeholder Advisory Committee.  At the DEQ’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen.  According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice about these meetings, the Stormwater Stakeholder Advisory Committee was “formed by the Department of Environmental Quality, at the request of the chairs of the Senate and House natural resources committees, to consider ways to streamline and clarify the Stormwater Management Act, Erosion and Sediment Control Law, and Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, while continuing to ensure the protection of the Commonwealth’s water quality. T he Group [includes] representatives of local government, agriculture, the development and engineering communities, environmental organizations, and other necessary participants.”    The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Lawsuit Filed by Chesapeake Bay Foundation over Cattle Fencing in Virginia — Arguments to be Heard July 2, 2015, in Circuit Court in Richmond

Arguments are scheduled for July 2, 2015, in circuit court in Richmond in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Virginia over regulation of cattle access to streams.  CBF’s suit argues that a 10-year permit approved by the Commonwealth in 2014 should have required cattle operations of over 200 head to keep livestock from streams.  Currently Virginia requires stream exclusion for cattle in confined feeding operations (of CAFOs) but not for pastured cattle.

The regulation at issue is “Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) General Permit Regulation for Animal Feeding Operations,” Sec. 9 VAC 25-192 in the Virginia Administrative Code; available online at http://register.dls.virginia.gov/details.aspx?id=4388.

Sources:
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Sues Va. Over Livestock Rules, Associated Press, as published by Baltimore Sun, 6/29/15.
CBF sues Virginia for not making livestock stream exclusion mandatory, Bay Journal, 6/29/15.
Is livestock dung in streams threatening the Chesapeake?, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/29/15.

Virginia Solid Waste Report for 2014 Issued on June 29, 2015, by Va. DEQ

On June 29, 2015, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its 18th annual report on solid waste management in Virginia, covering municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, vegetative and yard waste, and other types of waste collected in 2014 at 211 permitted facilities (as of May 1, 2015).

The total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities during 2014 was about 20.16 million tons, a decrease of about 15,000 tons from 2013’s total.   About 3.6 million tons originated from outside of Virginia, a decrease of about 0.6 percent) from 2013.

Out-of-state waste came primarily from Maryland (~45 percent), New York (~27 percent), Washington, D.C. (~21 percent), North Carolina (~4 percent), and New Jersey (~1 percent).

Municipal solid waste comprised about 12.4 million tons of Virginia’s total waste in 2014 (about 8.8 million tons from Virginia and about 3.6 million tons from out of state).

Of the 2014 total waste, about 12.2 million tons (~71 percent) were disposed of in landfills and about 2.2 million tons (about 13 percent) were incinerated; the rest was managed by mulching, recycling, or other means.

The report for 2014 (34 pages) and reports for previous years are available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/ReportsPublications/AnnualSolidWasteReports.aspx.  See also Virginia issues solid waste report for 2014, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality News Release, 6/30/15.

For News Grouper posts on previous year’s solid-waste reports, please see this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Solid+Waste+Report.

“State of the the Trout” Report Released by Trout Unlimited in June 2015

On June 23, 2015, Trout Unlimited, Inc., released “The State of the Trout,” a 80-page report on the status of 28 native trout species and their habitats in 38 states within 10 large “ecoregions”; those species’ and habitats’ outlook in response to impacts from land uses and development, water use, water pollution, invasive species, fishing, and climate change; and the results of various protection and restoration efforts. In Virginia, the native species is the Brook Trout; that species status in Virginia is discussed in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast ecoregion sections. The organization’s June 23 news release on the report is available online at http://www.tu.org/press-releases/tu-unveils-state-of-the-trout-report, and the report is available online at http://www.tu.org/stateofthetrout; ; or contact Trout Unlimited at 1777 N. Kent Street
Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22209; phone (800) 834-2419.

On Virginia Water Radio for 6-29-15: A 20-year Look-back at the June 27, 1995, Madison County Flood

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, Episode 272, 6-29-15, is “Remembering the 1995 Day that Madison County, Virginia, was the Center of Too Much Atmospheric Attention”  The 4 min./44 sec. episode looks back on the historic rainfall along Virginia’s Blue Ridge on June 27, 2015, and the resulting flash floods, mudslides, and debris flows.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen!

Virginia State Water Commission Meets July 22, 2015, in Richmond

Virginia’s State Water Commission will meet July 22, 2015, at 10 a.m., in House Room D of the General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

According to the Division of Legislative Service’s Web page on the Commission, at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm, the Virginia General Assembly created the Commission to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; and coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues.”  The Commission includes mostly members of the General Assembly plus two citizens.

The current members of the Commission are as follows:
Del. David L. Bulova
Del. Barry D. Knight
Del. T. Scott Garrett
Del. John M. O’Bannon, III
Del. Edward T. Scott
Del. Luke E. Torian
Del. Thomas C. Wright, Jr.
Del. R. Lee Ware
Sen. R. Creigh Deeds
Sen. Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.
Sen. John C. Miller
Sen. Frank M. Ruff, Jr.
Sen. Richard H. Stuart
Lamont W. Curtis
Richard A. Street

More information on the July 22 meeting is available online at http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/meetings/223, or from Martin G. Farber, Division of Legislative Services (804) 786-3591, ext. 230.