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
2/12/19, 2 p.m.: Marine Products Board. At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1208 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).
2/20/19, 8:30 a.m.: State Board of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee. At Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.
2/20/19, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive 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.
Started 1/9/19: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond. Current status is available online at this link; session calendars available at this link. The 2019 General Assembly convenes on January 9 and is scheduled to adjourn on February 23; this is a so-called “short session” (30 days), which is held in all odd-numbered years. The reconvened (“veto”) session will be held on April 3. In some years, sessions are extended beyond the scheduled length, particularly for budget discussions (any session may be extended for up to 30 days). 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. Live video streams of floor sessions are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 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. As of 2018, live streaming of committee meetings is available. Information on live streaming of House committee meetings is online at https://publications.virginiageneralassembly.gov/display_publication/209; for Senate committee meetings, 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, 8:30 a.m., in House Room 3 of the Capitol, 1000 Bank Street; and the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Thursdays, one-half hour after adjournment of the day’s floor session, in Senate Room A of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond. Information about all standing committees as of the 2019 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/191/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.
Relevant Subcommittee Meetings for this Period
2/11/19, 4:30 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee/Subcommittee #1. 400-B Subcommittee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.
Natural Resource-Related Caucus Meetings for this Period
2/11/19, 4 p.m.: Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus. 200-B Subcommittee Room, 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.
None during this period.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Land and Watershed Management
2/14/19, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Water Quality Monitoring and Research Workgroup for Salt Management Strategy Development in the Accotink Creek Watershed. At AlexRenew, 1800 Limerick Street in Alexandria. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “A chloride TMDL has been developed for the Accotink Creek watershed located in Fairfax County. Additionally, water quality patterns throughout the Northern Virginia region show that the chloride pollution issues observed in the Accotink Creek watershed are not isolated to that watershed, but instead widespread throughout the region. Therefore, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in partnership with a broad coalition of stakeholders that make up the SaMS Stakeholder Advisory Committee have begun the development of a comprehensive strategy that aims to provide recommendations for more efficient and effective use of salts during winter weather management. The purpose of this meeting is to report on follow-up items from the last workgroup meeting, begin to finalize workgroup recommendations, and prepare for the workgroup update at the upcoming 3rd Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting.” Materials related to this project are posted online at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/SaMS/MeetingMaterials.aspx.
2/21/19, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board. At Richmond City Hall, 900 East Broad Street in Richmond.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
2/13/19, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public webinar on the draft 2018 Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report. Registration information for the webinar can be found at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3542169463391934466. According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this Webinar, the Virginia DEQ released the Draft 2018 Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report (Integrated Report) on January 22, 2019, for public comment. The Integrated Report combines both the 305(b) Water Quality Assessment and the 303(d) Report on Impaired Waters. Both are required by the Federal Clean Water Act and the Virginia Water Quality Monitoring Information and Restoration Act. The report will be available for download at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityAssessments.aspx throughout the public comment period, ends February 21, 2019.