Click on underlined meeting dates or times for more information. 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, https://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/announcements/.
REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE AUTHORITIES, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES
2/23/21, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. Electronic meeting; access information online at https://mrc.virginia.gov/calendar.shtm on the day of the meeting.
2/26/21, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board. Electronic meeting; access information online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6660221729320481296.
3/1/21, 1 p.m.: Outdoors Foundation/Special Forestry Committee. Electronic meeting; access information online at https://zoom.us/j/96135235171.
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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS
For meetings of the General Assembly, legislative committees, and legislative commissions, see https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+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. The Virginia General Assembly Web site is https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/.
January 13 – late February, 2020: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond. Current status is available online at this link. The 2021 General Assembly convened on January 13 and was initially scheduled for 30 days, a so-called “short session,” which is held in all odd-numbered years. Often, short sessions are extended by the Assembly to 46 days; any session may be extended for up to 30 days. “Long sessions” of 60 days are held in even-numbered years. On February 4, Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session of the Assembly to begin on February 10 and extend the overall session to 46 days (earlier in 2021, the Assembly failed to approve a session extension). A reconvened (“veto”) session is held on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment of each regular or special session. During long sessions, the Commonwealth’s budget for the upcoming two years is set; amendments to the current biennial budget may be considered both in short and long sessions. More information about the Assembly’s normal schedule and duration is available in “About the General Assembly,” online at this link.
The General Assembly’s main Web page, http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php, offers several useful features, including member lists, session calendars, live video of floor sessions, and information on legislative processes. The Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site, http://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm, provides lists and summaries of all bills, searchable by topic, member, committee, etc. Streaming of floor sessions is available at https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/chamber/chamberstream.php for the House and http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the Senate.
Committees are key parts of the General Assembly process. Legislation about water or about activities that can affect water may be assigned to any of several standing committees, most of which meet weekly during the General Assembly session. Streaming of House committee meetings is available online at https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/committees/commstream.html; streaming of Senate committee meetings is available online at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3. Two committees that receive many (but not all) of the water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., electronically in 2021 (livestream online at https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/committees/commstream.html)l and the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Tuesdays, one-half hour after adjournment of the day’s floor session, in the East Committee Room of the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond (during the 2021 session). Information about all standing committees as of the 2021 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at https://lis.virginia.gov/211/com/COM.HTM.
To express an opinion on legislation, citizens are requested to contact their respective delegate of senator. If you do not know your representatives or their contact information, you can use the online “Who’s My Legislator” service, available at http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.
You can find members’ contact information at these links:
House of Delegates, at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php;
State Senate, at https://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/.
The Lobbyist-In-A-Box subscriber service also offers free tracking for up to five bills, and it offers tracking of more than five bills for a fee; visit http://lis.virginia.gov/h015.htm. For assistance, phone Legislative Automated Systems at (804) 786-9631.
The organization Open Virginia’s Richmond Sunlight Web site, at https://www.richmondsunlight.com/, also offers tools for following the General Assembly and for learning about Virginia law.
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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.
2/23/21, 3 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in the South Fork Rivanna River and tributaries, located in the James River basin in Albemarle County. Electronic meeting; access information online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/403771421, or dial in to (408) 650-3123, access code 403-771-421.
2/23/21, 5:30 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in the McClure River and tributaries Big Spraddle Branch, Buffalo Creek, and Roaring Fork, all in the Pound River/Russell Fork/Big Sandy River watershed in Dickenson County. Electronic meeting; access information online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2540641930495498000.
2/24/21, 3 p.m., on the TMDL study of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) impairments in the James River, Maury River, and Jackson River watersheds. Thelocalities affected include the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Chesterfield, Craig, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Giles, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Highland, Montgomery, Nelson, Powhatan, and Roanoke; and the cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Covington, Lexington, Lynchburg, and Richmond. Electronic meeting; access information online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/997151765.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
2/23/21, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Nutriblend, Inc., of Richmond, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 3120 additional acres in Amelia County. Electronic meeting; access information online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4642752032551885327. People wishing to attend the meeting by telephone, without internet access, should contact Stephanie Bowman at (540) 598-0453 prior to the meeting date.
Chesapeake Bay/Coastal Flooding and Resilience
2/24/21, 10:30 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act – Resilience Guidance Document Project Modeling, Research and Analysis Workgroup. Electronic meeting; access information online at https://cwm.zoom.us/j/98697347226?pwd=N0hSbUVQOW43cnRwWnJHZDR2aGM1QT09, meeting ID: 986 9734 7226, passcode: 245427. According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting: “As part of a grant from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program the Virginia Institute for Marine Science (VIMS) Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) and the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) at William and Mary Law School are collaborating with the Virginia Department of Environment Quality to develop guidance for implementation of climate adaptation activities and measures under the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (CBPA). To support this work, VIMS will provide scientific research, compile studies on the effects on water quality of different remedial approaches to flooding, and assess the sustainability of proposed adaptation actions, natural resource mitigation options and innovative new approaches that may be considered. Stakeholder input on this portion of the project will be provided through a Modeling, Research and Analysis Workgroup.”
2/19/21 to 2/26/21: meetings of the Secretary of Natural Resources’ Technical Advisory Committee on the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework.
2/19/21, 9 a.m.: Federal Installation Partnerships Subcommittee. Electronic meeting; access online at https://tinyurl.com/4cfraflr, or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code: 185 508 7006.
2/19/21, 4 p.m.: Community Outreach Subcommittee; Electronic meeting; access online at https://tinyurl.com/29hpmxlj, or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code: 185 080 5393.
2/22/21, 10 a.m.: Finance Subcommittee. Electronic meeting; access online at https://tinyurl.com/wrjdmks8; or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code: 185 492 3192.
2/22/21, 11 a.m.: Studies, Research, and Best Practices Subcommittee. Electronic meeting; access online at https://tinyurl.com/ezsnp3u6; or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code: 185 285 9627.
2/22/21, 12 p.m.: Evaluation Subcommittee. Electronic meeting; access online at https://tinyurl.com/42ltrcj5; or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code: 185 780 5371.
2/22/21, 3 p.m.: Economic Development Subcommittee. Electronic meeting; access online at https://tinyurl.com/yptqzrrj; or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code 185 197 1819.
2/23/21, 11 a.m.: Project Identification Subcommittee. Electronic meeting; access online at https://tinyurl.com/1vmol2az; or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code: 185 406 5906.
2/26/21, 8 a.m.: full Committee. Electronic meeting; access online at https://tinyurl.com/4zsm2aq3; or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code: 185 449 7772.
More information on the Coastal Resilience Master Plan is available online at https://www.naturalresources.virginia.gov/initiatives/resilience/masterplan/.
Waterworks/Drinking Water or Wastewater Works Regulations
2/22/21, 10 a.m.: Department of Health workgroup on PFAS contamination in drinking water/policy and regulation subgroup. Electronic meeting; citizens who wish to attend virtually should contact Kris Latino at (804) 864-7372 or email@example.com for login information. The 2020 Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 586, which called for a work group to develop a course of action to determine current levels of PFAS contamination in public drinking water in the Commonwealth, identify possible sources of such contamination, and evaluate approaches to regulate PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water. Following is the Virginia Legislative Information System summary of HB 586: “Direct the Commissioner of Health to convene a work group to study the occurrence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorobutyrate (PFBA), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and other perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as deemed necessary, in the Commonwealth’s public drinking water and to develop recommendations for specific maximum contaminant levels for PFOA, PFOS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFNA, and other PFAS, as deemed necessary, for inclusion in regulations of the Board of Health applicable to waterworks.”