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
9/30/15, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee. At Sydnor Hydro, 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.
10/1/15, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board. At the General Assembly Building, House Room C, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.
10/3/15, 11 a.m.: Cave Board. At Town Hall in Grottoes (Rockingham County).
10/7/15, 10 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority. At the Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street 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.
10/7/15, 10 a.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in the lower Chickahominy River and several tributaries (Barrows Creek, Beaverdam Creek, Diascund Creek, Gordon Creek, and Mill Creek), located in the James River basin in Charles City, James City, and New Kent counties. At the Charles City County Social Center, 8320 Ruthville Road in Providence Forge.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
10/6/15, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Nutri-Blend, Inc., of Richmond, to land-apply biosolids in Caroline County. At Town Hall, 117 Butler Street in Bowling Green.
10/2/15, 9 a.m.: Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee/Work Group #2A, on Alternative Management Structures; 10/2/15, 1 p.m.: Work Group #2B on Trading; and 10/5/15, 1 p.m.: Work Group #1 on Alternative Sources of Supply. All at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen. The 2015 Virginia General Assembly passed HB 1924 and SB 1341, companion bills that established this Advisory Committee to assist the State Water Commission and the DEQ in developing, revising, and implementing a management strategy for groundwater in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area. The bills state that the Advisory Committee is to examine the following:
(i) options for developing long-term alternative water sources, including water reclamation and reuse, ground water recharge, desalination, and surface water options, including creation of storage reservoirs;
(ii) the interaction between the Department of Environmental Quality’s ground water management programs and local and regional water supply plans within the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area for purposes of determining water demand and possible solutions for meeting that demand;
(iii) potential funding options both for study and for implementation of management options;
(iv) alternative management structures, such as a water resource trading program, formation of a long-term ground water management committee, and formation of a commission;
(v) additional data needed to more fully assess aquifer health and sustainable ground water management strategies;
(vi) potential future ground water permitting criteria; and
(vii) other policies and procedures that the director of the [DEQ] determines may enhance the effectiveness of ground water management in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area.” The Committee is to provide its report by August 2017. More information about the Advisory Committee is available online at http://deq.state.va.us/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity.aspx; more information about groundwater management areas in Virginia is available online at http://www.deq.state.va.us/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/GroundwaterPermitting.aspx.
Energy – Fossil Fuels
9/30/15, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) informal public listening session on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) from existing power plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels. At the Board of Supervisors Board Room, Henrico County Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road in Henrico. This is the fourth of six sessions; the other remaining sessions—all 5 p.m.-8 p.m.—are as follows:
10/1/15, Mountain Empire Community College, Phillips-Taylor Hall, 3441 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Ga (Wise County);
10/6/15, Tidewater Community College, Building A (Room A101), 120 Campus Drive in Portsmouth.
Sessions were also held on Sept. 16 in Harrisonburg, Sept. 22 in Roanoke, and Sept. 28 in Lorton.
According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for these meetings, “[the] DEQ is gathering general input from the public to help inform the Commonwealth’s review and implementation of EPA’s final rules for existing power plants (see EPA’s website at http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards). In addition to receiving general input from the public, the Commonwealth is also interested in identifying and collecting input from vulnerable and overburdened communities. These communities include low-income communities, communities of color, areas where people are most vulnerable to climate change, and communities where economies may be affected by changes in the utility power and related sectors.” The final version of the Clean Power Plan regulation was announced by the EPA on August 3, 2015. EPA’s Web site on the Clean Power Plan and other carbon-emission standards is http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards; Virginia’s Web site is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx.
10/8/15, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees Finance Committee. At Building 83, 20 Ingalls Road in Fort Monroe. In 2011, the Virginia General Assembly (Senate Bill 1400) established the Fort Monroe Authority to manage the historic areas of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort—at the confluence of Hampton Roads with the Chesapeake Bay—after the federal government closed its military facilities there. Fort Monroe had been a U.S. military base since 1836. In 2011, the area was designated as Fort Monroe National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm). More information about Fort Monroe and the Authority is available online at http://www.fmauthority.com/.
Infrastructure Construction Funding—Water Supply
10/8/15, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) public-comment meeting on Fiscal Year 2016 Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program. At the VDH’s East Central Satellite Office, 300 Turner Road in Richmond. For details on drinking water funding in Virginia, visit the VDH Web site at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/odw/financial/dwfundingprogramdetails.htm.
Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
10/7/15, 9:00 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearing to review the issuance of Notice of Violation DLH0010038 to Ambrose Branch Coal Company. At the mine site, 4.5 miles south of Pound in Cavenger Hollow in Wise County, in the Pound River/Russell Fork/Big Sandy River basin.
10/5/15, 9 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stormwater Stakeholder Advisory Group/Enforcement Workgroup. At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road
in Glen Allen (Henrico County). According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice about this meeting, this group 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. The 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.