Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Nov. 16-Nov. 30, 2018

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 events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

11/20/18, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

11/29/18, 10 a.m.: Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority.  At Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Engineering East Hall, Room E3218, 401 West Main Street in Richmond.

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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS

For meetings of legislative committees and commissions, see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+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.

11/19/18, 1 p.m.: Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee/Subcommittee #1.  In Senate Committee Room A of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

11/28/18, 10 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee.  At the Pocahontas Building, Room 300A, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.  The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee advises the General Assembly on use of money received in the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund from special Bay license plates.  More information on the Committee is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.htm.

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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.   TMDL reports are available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/TMDL/TMDLDevelopment/ApprovedTMDLReports.aspx. 

11/26/18, 1 p.m.: Joint meeting of planning district commissions (PDCs) and soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) in State Area 1 on the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), published in December 2010.  At Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Center, 1 College Lane in Weyers Cave (Augusta County).  Other upcoming joint meetings are as follows:11/28/18, 1 p.m., for Area 3; at Germanna Community College, Sealy Auditorium/Room 134, 10000 Germanna Point Drive in Fredericksburg.11/29/18, 1 p.m., for Area 6; at Eastern Shore Community College, Great Hall, 29300 Lankford Highway in Melfa (Accomack County).

11/28/18, 1:30 p.m. on the TMDL modification process for aquatic life (benthic) and bacterial impairments in Blacks Run and Cooks Creek, located in the Shenandoah River/Potomac River wateshed in Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Valley Regional Office, 3000 Early Road in Harrisonburg.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture/Forestry
11/29/18, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee/Stream Protection Subcommittee.  At the DCR Regional Office, 12 Sunset Boulevard in Staunton.  On 11/29/18, 10:00 a.m., the Animal Waste Subcommittee meets at the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, #B, in Harrisonburg.

Air-Water Connections
11/26/18, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a request for a permit amendment by Volvo Group North America, LLC’s New River Valley Plant, 4881 Cougar Trail Road in Dublin (Pulaski County).  At the Pulaski County Public Library, 60 West Third Street in Pulaski.  The applicant has applied for a significant permit amendment to modify the facility’s existing integrated cab and plastics paint line.  The permit addresses air pollutants that can eventually affect water resources, including particulates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  The public comment period on the draft permit modification run 10/25/18 through 12/11/18.

Stormwater
11/29/18, 10 a.m.: Stormwater Best Management Practices Clearinghouse Committee.  At Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Clearinghouse is a Web site on design standards and specifications of stormwater BMPs in Virginia.  The Clearinghouse Committee advises the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the State Water Control Board.  More information about the Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Committee is available at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/swc/.  The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
11/27/18, 9 a.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on proposed amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit Regulation for Nonmetallic Mineral Mining.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-190.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action appeared in the Virginia Register of Regulations on March 23, 2018.  The proposed changes appeared in the Virginia Register of Regulations on October 29, 2018.  More information on the proposed regulation is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1887.

11/27/18, 11 a.m.; and 11/28/18, 11 a.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearings on proposed amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit Regulation for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity.  On 11/27/18, at the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  On 11/28/18, at the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke.  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-151.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action on this rulemaking was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on February 19, 2018.  The proposed changes appeared in the Virginia Register of Regulations on October 29, 2018. More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1809.

11/27/18, 1:30 p.m.; and 11/28/18, 1:30 p.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearings on proposed amendments to the general Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities.  On 11/27/18, at the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  On 11/28/18, at the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke.  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-880.  The notice of intended regulatory action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on October 16, 2017.  The proposed changes appeared in the Virginia Register of Regulations on October 29, 2018.  More information on this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2869.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Veterans Day Holiday 2018: The U.S. Marine Corps

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of November 12, 2018, is “For Veterans Day 2018 – The U.S. Marine Corps’ 243 Years on Seas, on Lands, and in the Air.”  The 4 min./35 sec. episode, available online at this link, is Water Radio’s latest annual Veterans Day episode examining one of the military service branches.

446 image 2A U.S. Marine during Water Survival Training on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, November 7, 2018.  Public domain photo by Marine Lance Cpl. Krysten Gomez, accessed online at https://www.marines.mil/Photos/igphoto/2002060951/, 11/12/18.

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 or two!

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Nov. 9-Nov. 23, 2018 — Including Nov. 13 Groundwater Stakeholders Forum for Eastern Virginia

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 events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

Of special note this week, see the November 13 Groundwater Stakeholders Forum, listed below under Other  Specific Topics/Groundwater.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

11/8/18, 9:30 a.m., and 11/9/18, 9:30 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board.  At the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Building, Level 2, Room E21-AB, 301 North 3rd Street in Richmond.

11/20/18, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS

For meetings of legislative committees and commissions, see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+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.

11/19/18, 1 p.m.: Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee/Subcommittee #1.  In Senate Committee Room A of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main 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.   TMDL reports are available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/TMDL/TMDLDevelopment/ApprovedTMDLReports.aspx. 

11/9/18, 10 a.m.: Stakeholder meeting for the George Washington Regional Commission on Phase III of the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (which was published in December 2010).  At the George Washington Regional Commission office, 406 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.  The George Washington Regional Commission covers the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, and the city of Fredericksburg.

11/14/18, 1:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in the North Fork Rivanna River, located in the James River basin in Albemarle and Greene counties.  At the Greene County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, 10013 Spotswood Trail in Stanardsville.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
 

Agriculture and Forestry
11/15/18, 9:30 a.m., the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

11/15/18, 11 a.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation Special Forestry Committee meeting on Forest CORE Fund projects submitted in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP).

Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
11/13/18, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Synagro Central, LLC, of Champlain, Va., to land-apply biosolids to an additional 2447 acres in Albemarle County.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

Chesapeake Bay
11/8/18, 12 p.m., and 11/9/18, 8 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Commission.  At Westin Washington National Harbor, 171 Waterfront Street in Oxon Hill, Md.  Agenda available online (as PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/181/oth/Agenda.CBC.1108-0918.pdf.  The next regular meeting will be January 3-4, 2019, in Annapolis, Md.  According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/about.htm), the Commission “is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.  The Commission serves as the legislative arm of the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/), and acts in an advisory capacity to [the states’] General Assemblies.”

Groundwater
11/13/18, 9 a.m.: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) 2nd Annual Groundwater Stakeholder Forum for the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area and Eastern Shore Groundwater Management Area.  At the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[p]resentations and discussion topics are expected to include [the following]: (i) an overview of the annual model simulations of the current use and total permitted use status of the aquifers of the Coastal Plain Aquifer systems in both Ground Water Management Areas; (ii) presentations on model improvements over the last year and anticipated future model maintenance; (iii) an update on the status of collaborative work with the United States Geological Survey on an updated hydrogeologic framework for the ESGMA; (iv) an update on the progress of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow; and (v) an opportunity for discussion of alternative water sources and development projects, and the activities of the groundwater banking and trading workgroup.

Ports
11/13/18 and 11/14/18: Virginia Port Authority meetings.  11/13/18, 2 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee; 11/13/18, 3:45 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee; 11/13/18, 5 p.m.: Executive Committee; 11/14/18, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners.  All meetings at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Resource Management Mapping and Planning
11/13/18, 9:30 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Resource Management Plan Implementation Stakeholder Advisory Group.  At the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Piedmont Regional Office 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “In 2017, this group was established pursuant to Item 364 Q of the 2017 Appropriations Act [of the Virginia General Assembly] to examine the funding, training, and resource needs, as well as explore new incentives, for additional implementation.”  DCR information on resource management planning is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/rmp.

Scenic Rivers
11/12/18, 4:30 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).

Virginia Uranium Mining Moratorium Challenge in Federal Court; Oral Arguments Heard by U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 5, 2018

Listed below are links to some information sources on the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing of oral arguments (on Nov. 5, 2018), other developments, and issues in the case of Virginia Uranium v. Warren, in which Virginia Uranium, Inc., is challenging the 1982 Virginia General Assembly moratorium on uranium mining in the Commonwealth.

For some additional historical background on uranium mining in Virginia and Virginia Uranium’s efforts to open a  mine in Pittsylvania County, please see the Virginia Water Central News Grouper link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/category/mining-uranium/.

Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren, Cornell University Legal Information Institute, online at https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/16-1275.

Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren, SCOTUS Blog, online at http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/virginia-uranium-inc-v-warren/.

Supreme Court questions how to discern Virginia’s intent in uranium mining ban, Washington Post, 11/5/18.

Supreme Court to consider Virginia uranium case that divides a rural county, Washington Post, 11/4/18.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 11-5-18: Fall Brings “Looner” Landings in the Chesapeake Region

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of November 5, 2018, is “Loons Find Winter Harbor in the Chesapeake Region.”  The 4 min./1 sec. episode, available online at this link, focuses on bird species that are well-known for their summertime calls from northern lakes and that spend their fall and winter to the Chesapeake Bay region.

445 Image 3 USFWS Loon on nest

Common Loon on nest.  Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library, online at https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/6145/rec/6.

Common Loon non-breeding

Common Loon in non-breeding plumage. Image from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library, online at https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/28845/rec/19.

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 or two!

Virginia Water Status Report as of the end of October 2018, Plus a Look at Drought Nationally

Here is the Virginia Water Central News Grouper’s monthly water-status report on precipitation, stream flow, and drought, as of end of October 2018.  The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing the data and maps used in this post.  Icons for precipitation, stream flow, and drought are by George Wills of Blacksburg, Va. (https://www.etsy.com/people/BlacksburgArt).  For previous monthly water status reports, please see this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Water+Status.

Water status icon precipitation by George Wills

Here are National Weather Service (NWS) preliminary (still needing verification) precipitation totals for October 2018 at 12 Virginia or near-Virginia locations, along with the “normal” (three-decade average) for this month of the year at each location.  Also shown are the precipitation totals at each location for the previous 12 months and the annual precipitation normals for each location.  The values are in inches.

Location October 2018 Observed Monthly Normal November 2017-

October 2018 Observed

Annual Normal
Blacksburg 4.83 2.78 45.17 40.89
Bluefield1 2.70 2.50 44.09 39.63
Bristol2 3.22 2.10 45.81 41.01
Charlottesville3 3.35 3.11 50.29 42.71
Danville* 8.29 3.53 56.17 44.41
Lynchburg 4.76 3.11 53.18 41.57
Norfolk 2.27 3.42 52.23 46.53
Reagan National Airport4 3.06 3.40 55.39 39.74
Richmond 6.04 2.98 57.02 43.60
Roanoke 5.21 2.89 52.49 41.25
Wallops Island5 2.98 3.17 41.00 40.84
Washington-Dulles Airport6 2.68 3.25 56.06 41.54

*NWS reported nine days of data missing at Danville in January 2018.

Location notes
1 – The Bluefield location is the Mercer County, W. Va., airport, near the Va.-W.Va. state line.
2- The Bristol location Tri-Cities Airport in Tenn., about 20 miles from Bristol, Va./Tenn.
3 – The Charlottesville location is the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.
4 – Reagan National Airport is in Arlington County.
5 – Wallops Island is in Accomack County.
6 – Washington-Dulles Airport is in Loudoun County.

Precipitation sources:  Climate pages of the following National Weather Service Forecast Offices:
Blacksburg, Va. (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=rnk);
Morristown, Tenn. (http://www.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=mrx;
Baltimore-Washington (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=lwx); and
Wakefield, Va. (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=akq).

The normal values used by the National Weather Service (NWS) in these provisional reports are based on the period from 1981 to 2010.  The National Climatic Data Center released these normal values in July 2011.  For information on the normal values, see the National Climatic Data Center Web page at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/land-based-station-data/land-based-datasets/climate-normals.

For graphs of precipitation, visit the High Plains Regional Climate Center at https://hprcc.unl.edu/maps.php?map=ACISClimateMaps), where you can find maps of total precipitation and percent of normal precipitation for the past 7, 30, 60, or 90 days for all U.S. regions; or the NWS’ Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service at http://water.weather.gov/precip/ for a map of precipitation nationwide or by state, with capability to show county boundaries, and archives available for specific days, months, or years.  Shown below are the preliminary maps of the percent-of-normal precipitation for the southeastern United States for the previous 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days, through October 31, 2018.

Precip 30 VAPrecip 60 VAPrecip 90 VA
Water status icon stream flow by George Wills

According to the U.S. Geological Survey WaterWatch for Virginia (online at https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?m=mv01d&r=va&w=map), monthly average stream flow values for October 2018 at 159 stream gages in Virginia and just beyond the state border were as follows, compared to the historical range for each given gage:
within the normal historical range – about 6% of gages;
above normal – about 30%;
much above normal (or higher) – about 64%.

Shown below is the color-coded, flow-percentile map for this period, accessed at the Web site given in the paragraph above.  The chart below the map shows the color codes/percentile classes used by USGS to compared flows to historical records for the month.
KEEP on deskto - Stream flow code graph

 An overall look at Virginia streamflow conditions is provided in the USGS WaterWatch summary plot of daily average streamflow conditions, compared to historical records for any given date.  Below is the summary plot for 88 Virginia sites during the 45-day period ending October 31, 2018, accessed on November 2, 2018, at https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?id=pa01d&sid=w__plot&r=va.

Streams plot October

 Water status icons groundwater by George Wills

Information on current groundwater levels in Virginia monitoring wells is available from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Information System, online at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/current/?type=gw; and from the USGS Climate Response Network, online at http://groundwaterwatch.usgs.gov/net/ogwnetwork.asp?ncd=crn (at that page, you can find a national map showing the status of groundwater monitoring wells compared to historical values).

Water status icon drought watch by George WillsDROUGHT IN VIRGINIA

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/) for October 30, 2018, categorized Virginia as drought-free.  The Commonwealth has been essentially drought-free since the June 5, 2018, Drought Monitor report, except for a 0.57% abnormally dry rating in the July 17 report and a 0.01% abnormally dry rating in the June 26 report.

Drought Monitor categories are as follows:
D0 = abnormally dry;
D1 = moderate drought;
D2 = severe drought;
D3 = extreme drought;
D4 = exceptional drought.

The Drought Monitor notes that it “focuses on broad-scale conditions [and] local conditions may vary.”

For comparison, here are Virginia ratings from previous Drought Monitors from about one month, two months, three months, and one year ago:
9/25/18 – drought-free;
8/28/18 – drought-free;
7/31/18 – drought-free;
10/31/17 – 41.5% abnormally dry or worse; 3.8% moderate drought.

In early June 2018, the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force (DMTF), a collaboration of state and federal agencies, issued its most recent report.  At that time, the DMTF stated that is would monitor conditions and meet again when conditions warranted another report.  A link to the June 2018 report, along with other current drought-status information, is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought.aspx.  The DMTF’s reports typically include information from some or all of the following agencies: University of Virginia Climatology Office, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Virginia departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Health, and Environmental Quality.  Shown below is a map identifying the Drought Evaluation Regions used by the DMTF.

Drought Evaluation RegionsDROUGHT ELSEWHERE 

The October 30, 2018, U.S. Drought Monitor categorized about 31.5% of the United States (including all or parts of 32 states plus Puerto Rico) as being abnormally dry or worse.  The Drought Monitor categorized about 10.8% of the country (including parts of 15 states), as being in severe drought or worse (categories D2, D3, and D4.  (The highest percentage in the severe-or-worse categories reported by the Drought Monitor since it began in 2000 was 38.5% of the country for the week of August 7, 2012.)

The nationwide percentages for abnormally dry or worse (categories D0-D4) and severe or worse (categories D2-D4) in the previous three months and one year ago were as follows:
9/25/18 – 41.4% abnormally dry or worse; 14.9% severe drought or worse;
8/28/18 – 47.5% abnormally dry or worse; 16.2% severe drought or worse;
7/31/18 – 46.5% abnormally dry or worse; 16.2% severe drought or worse;
10/31/17 – 28.1% abnormally dry or worse; 2.3% severe drought or worse.

The following states had 50% or more of their land area categorized by the October 30, 2018, Drought Monitor in severe-or-worse drought:
Colorado – 57%;
Oregon – 86%;
Utah – 76%.

90-DAY DROUGHT OUTLOOK

For a look ahead, the National Weather Service/Climate Prediction Center’s “U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook” is available at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdo_summary.php.  Shown below is the outlook map available on November 1, 2018.

Drought outlook Nov1

 

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 10-29-18: A Musically Inspired Take on Barns and Water

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of October 298, 2018, is “Water in the Barn.”  The 3 min./59 sec. episode, available online at this link, focuses on barns in the rural landscape, the economics of agriculture in Virginia, and some connections between barns and water.  The episode features part of “The Barns” by Bob Gramann of Fredericksburg.

Barn along State Route 18 in Alleghany County, Va., south of Covington, October 27, 2018.

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 or two!