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
12/1/15, 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. The Board’s Wetland Delineator Exam Committee meets at 11 a.m. on the same day and at the same location.
12/2/15, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee. In the 5th Floor Main Conference Room of the James Madison Building, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.
12/3/15, 10 a.m.: Board for Waste Management Facility Operators. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
12/4/15, 10 a.m.: Waste Management Board. At the Department of Environmental Quality Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.
12/5/15, 11 a.m.: Cave Board. At Town Hall in Grottoes (Rockingham County).
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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.
12/2/15, 9:30 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee. In Senate Room 2, the Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee advises the General Assembly on use of money received in the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund from special Bay license plates. More information on the Committee is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.htm.
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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.
12/3/15, 6 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in bacterial impairments in the North and South Fork Roanoke River and tributaries, Bradshaw Creek, Goose Creek, and Wilson Creek, in the Roanoke River/Albemarle Sound, N.C., watershed in the counties of Floyd, Montgomery, and Roanoke. At Meadowbrook Community Room, 267 Alleghany Spring Road in Shawsville (Montgomery County).
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Energy – All
12/7/15, 1 p.m.: Virginia Energy Council. In Conference Room 1 of the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond. The Virginia Energy Council was formed in June 2014 by executive order of Gov. Terry McAuliffe to help develop and implement a comprehensive energy strategy for Virginia and deliver recommendations for the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan (which updated the 2010 version of the plan). For more information on the Virginia Energy Council, see the following link to the 6/4/14 news release from the Virginia governor’s office: Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order to Establish the Virginia Energy Council. The 2014 state energy plan is available online at http://commerce.virginia.gov/2014-va-energy-plan/. The 2010 plan is available online at http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/VEP_TitlePage.html.
Energy – Fossil Fuels
12/1/15, 7 p.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a permit-reissuance application by Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) for the coal-fired Dominion-Bremo Power Station in Fluvanna County. At Central Elementary School, 3340 Central Plains Road in Palmyra. The facility proposes to release cooling water, treated industrial wastewater, and stormwater in Fluvanna County in the James River/Bear Garden Creek/South Creek watershed at a combined rate of 172.2 million gallons per day from seven outfalls. 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 public comment period is October 30-December 14, 2015.
Energy – Solar
12/3/15, 1 p.m.: Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority. In House Room 1 of the Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. The 2015 General Assembly (SB 1099) created this Authority to to facilitate, coordinate, and support the development of the solar energy industry and solar-powered electric energy facilities in the Commonwealth.
Energy – Wind
12/2/15, 10 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority. At Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Drive in Henrico. 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….”
12/7/15, 9 a.m.: Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee/Work Group #1, on Alternative Sources of Supply; and 12/7/15, 1 p.m.: Work Group 2A on Alternative Management Structures. Both meetings 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.
Infrastructure Construction Funding
12/7/15, 1 p.m.: Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) Personnel Committee; and 12/7/15, 2 p.m.: VRA Risk Management Committee. At the VRA Offices in the Bank of American Building 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.
River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
12/2/15, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission. In House Room C of the General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond. The Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly (see Va. Code section 62.1-69.27 to “provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin.” More information on the work of the Commission is available online at http://rappriverbasin.org/.