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, https://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/announcements/.
REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE AUTHORITIES, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES
2/25/20, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 380 Fenwick Road, Building 96 in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).
2/25/20, 10 a.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Finance, Audit, and Compliance Committee. At 39 Garrett Street, Suite 200, in Warrenton (Fauquier County).
3/2/20, 1 p.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation’s Scenic Resources Subcommittee. At the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 600 East Main Street in Richmond.
3/3/20, 1 p.m.: Marine Products Board. At Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1375 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).
3/4/20, 10 a.m.: Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority. At Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), East Engineering Hall, Room E3218, 401 West Main Street in Richmond. Dial-in Option: Phone (866) 845-1266, code 41103432.
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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?191+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 8 – March 7, 2020: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond. Current status is available online at this link. The 2020 General Assembly convened on January 8 and is scheduled for 60 days; this is a so-called “long session,” which is held in all even-numbered years. The reconvened (“veto”) session will be held in April. 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 long and short sessions. 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 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. As of 2018, live streaming of committee meetings is available. Information on live streaming of House committee meetings is available online (as a PDF) 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, 9 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 Tuesdays, 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 2020 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/201/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
2/24/20, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Chesapeake Subcommittee. 300-A Subcommittee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.
2/26/20, 7:30 a.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Natural Resources Subcommittee. In House Room 3, The Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.
Natural Resource-Related Caucus Meetings for This Period
2/25/20, 5 p.m.: Virginia Environmental and Renewable Energy Caucus. 300-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.
2/25/20, 1:30 p.m., on the TDML study of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) impairment in Lewis Creek, located in the South River/South Fork Shenandoah River watershed in Augusta County and the City of Staunton. At Staunton City Hall (Caucus Room), 116 West Beverly Street in Staunton.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Land and Watershed Management
2/25/20, 1 p.m.: Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) – Education and Outreach Workgroup. At the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, in Fairfax. According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[a] chloride TMDL [Total Maximum Daily Load] has been developed for the Accotink Creek watershed located in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. 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 (SAC), [has been developing SaMS], a comprehensive strategy that aims to provide recommendations for more efficient and effective use of salts during winter weather management.”
2/21/20, 10:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel on Voluntary Remediation Regulations. At the Bank of America Building, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond. This panel is assisting the DEQ in considering possible amendments to the regulations, 9 VAC 20-160 in the Virginia Administrative Code. More information about this regulatory process is available online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1821; according to that site, the goals of these regulations include “to facilitate voluntary clean-up of contaminated sites where remediation is not clearly mandated” by federal or state law.