Walking in Leesburg, Va., for Water in Western Africa – 13th Annual Walk on May 7, 2016

“Walking for Water” is an annual walk in Leesburg, Virginia, to raise funds for water wells and other needs in Burkina Faso and other countries in western Africa.  A student at Heritage High School in Leesburg began the event in 2004, which has now expanded to California.  The 2016 walk (the 13th annual) is on May 7.  For more information, visit http://www.wisdomspring.org/programs/walking-for-water/; or contact Wisdom Spring, Inc., Walking for Water, 5960 South Land Park Drive #200; Sacramento, CA 95822; phone to Cheri Faley at (703) 201-9709, or Susan Hough at (703) 505-5152; or e-mail: Walking4h2o@gmail.com.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for May 3-16, 2016

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

5/10/16, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

5/12/16, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

5/13/16, 9 a.m.: Board of Forestry.  At 600 East Laburnum Avenue in Richmond.

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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.

None during this period.

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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.

5/3/16, 9 a.m.; informal conference call on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
5/4/16, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Synagro Central, LLC, of Champlain, Va., to land-apply biosolids to 1933 acres in Loudoun County.  At the Loudoun County Public Library-Gum Spring Branch, 24600 Millstream Drive in Stone Ridge.

Chesapeake Bay
5/12/16, 1 p.m., and 5/13/16, 8 a.m. (click here for PDF with details):  Chesapeake Bay Commission.  At the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center in Bethesda, Md.  According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/index.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.  The commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.

5/3/16, 1 p.m.: Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Group.  At the Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.  This stakeholder group was organized in 2014 to advise the Virginia secretary of natural resources on issues related to Virginia’s participation in the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Program.  Information on that program is available online at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/chesapeakebaywatershedagreement/page.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
5/4/16, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on the draft Virginia Pollutant Elimination Discharge System (VPDES) permit reissuance for industrial discharges and stormwater associated with the closure of the AEP/Appalachian Power Company—Clinch River Power Station coal ash ponds.  At the Russell County Public Library, 248 West Main Street in Lebanon.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the “reissuance addresses additional industrial wastewater and stormwater discharges associated with the closure of the facility’s ash ponds pursuant to a 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Rule that regulates the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR).  The facility proposes to release the treated industrial wastewater, sanitary wastewater, and stormwater into the Clinch River and Dumps Creek in Russell County in the Clinch River watershed.”

Energy – Wind
5/3/16, 10:30 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority.  In House Room 1 of the Capitol Building, 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 by collecting metocean and environmental data; identifying regulatory and administrative barriers; working with local, state, and federal government agencies to upgrade port and logistic facilities and sites; ensuring development is compatible with other ocean uses and avian/marine wildlife; and recommending ways to encourage and expedite offshore wind industry development.”

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
5/13/16, 9 a.m.: Nutrient Credit Certification Regulatory Advisory Panel.  At the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Central Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.  The 2012 Virginia General Assembly passed the Nutrient Trading Act (HB 176 and SB 77), which required regulations related to certification of nutrient credits from  non-point sources, including credits generated from best management practices for agricultural and urban stormwater, incineration or management of manures, land use conversion, stream or wetlands restoration, shellfish aquaculture, algal harvesting, and other methods of nutrient control or removal.  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-900.  The Advisory Panel is meeting to discuss further some of the topics noted during last year’s public comment period for the proposed regulation, which closed in March 2015.  More information on the process for the current regulation proposal is available online at   http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=3760.  More information about Virginia’s nutrient credit trading program generally is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/PermittingCompliance/PollutionDischargeElimination/NutrientTrading.aspx.

On Virginia Water Radio for 5-2-16: Sounds and Music to Call Attention to Drinking Water Week, May 1-7, 2016

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of May 2, 2016, is “Drinking Water Week.”  The 3 min./58 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2016/04/episode-314-5-2-16-drinking-water-week.html, focuses the American Water Works Association’s initiative to draw attention every May to drinking water and public water supplies.

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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!