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
8/25/16, 8:30 a.m.: Virginia Agricultural Council. At the Martha Washington Inn, 150 West Main Street in Abingdon (Washington County).
8/31/16, 10:30 a.m.: Aquaculture Advisory Board. At the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, 12580 West Creek Parkway in Richmond.
9/1/16, 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.
9/1/16, 2 p.m.: Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Fund Advisory Board. At the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).
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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?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.
8/29/16, 10 a.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial and aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Woods Creek, located in the Maury River/James River basin in Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington. At the Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 40 Magnolia Square Way, Suite 5, in Lexington.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
8/29/16, 9:30 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Title V Fee Stakeholder Advisory Group. At the DEQ Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. Under Title V of the federal Clean Air Act, states charge Title V fees for operating permits required for major sources of air emissions. More information on Title V permits is available from the U.S. EPA online at https://www.epa.gov/title-v-operating-permits; and from the Va. DEQ online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/FeesUndertheVAAirPollutionControlLaw.aspx.
Energy – Fossil Fuels
8/29/16, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit amendment requested by Doswell Limited Partnership for the Doswell Energy Center in Ashland (Hanover County). At the Ashland Branch Library, 201 South Railroad Avenue in Ashland. The facility proposes to add two natural-gas-fired combustion turbines, each rated at 170 megawatts. The public comment period is 7/29/16 to 9/13/16.
8/25/16, 9 a.m.: Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee/Work Group #3, on Future Permitting Criteria. Also on 8/25/16, 1 p.m.: Work Group #4, on Funding. Both meetings at the Department of Environmental Quality’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). 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.
8/29/16, 1:30 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public meeting on evaluation of existing design specifications for best management practices in areas with a seasonal high groundwater table. At the DEQ’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting: in response to House Joint Resolution 587 in the 2015 Virginia General Assembly, the DEQ is “evaluating the existing design specifications for best management practices (BMPs) listed on the Virginia Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse to allow the effective use of these BMPs in areas with a seasonal high groundwater table.” More information on DEQ stormwater-management activities is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.
8/24/16, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission. At House Room C of the General Assembly Building in Richmond. Agenda (opens as PDF). The State Water Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1990. Its purpose, according to Virginia Code section 30-187, is to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; [and] coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues….” More information about the Commission is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm.