Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Jan. 18–Jan. 31, 2017; Including 2018 Virginia General Assembly Information

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

1/18/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee.  At Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.

1/22/18, 10:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Section meeting with the Virginia Department of Transportation.  At Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

1/23/18, 9 a.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  The Board’s Education and Training Committee meets at the 1/22/18 at 3 p.m. at the same location.

1/23/18, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

1/23/18, 1 p.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation Energy and Infrastructure Committee; and 1/23/18, 2:15 p.m., Audit and Compliance Committee.  Both meetings at Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg Center for Advanced Technology, 1325 Central Park Boulevard in Fredericksburg.

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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?171+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.

Jan. 10-Mar. 2018: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  The 2018 General Assembly convenes on January 10 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 Web site, 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. Two committees that receive many (but by no means all!) of the water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. (2018 location to be determined, as of 1/10/18); 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 the Senate Committee Room on the ground floor of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.  Information about all standing committees as of the 2018 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/181/com/COM.HTM.

1/18/17, 10 a.m.: Press conference on energy policy.  At the House Briefing Room, Room E009, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

Relevant subcommittee meetings for this period:

1/23/18, 7:30 a.m.: Senate Finance Committee/Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  Subcommittee Room 1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

1/30/18, 7:30 a.m.: Senate Finance Committee/Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  Subcommittee Room 1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

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.

1/18/18, 2 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Cunningham Creek and its tributaries plus bacterial impairment in Middle Ford Cunningham Creek, all located in the James River basin in Fluvanna County.  At the Fluvanna County Public Library, 214 Commons Boulevard in Palmyra.  According to a Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for a meeting on 8/1/17, these waterways were the subject of a TMDL study that began in February 2016, but in May 2017 the TMDL study was suspended and a watershed plan will be developed instead.

1/25/18, 1:30 p.m. and 1/25/18, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) impairment in the New River (including parts of Claytor Lake) and tributaries Reed Creek, Stony Creek and Walker Creek, located in the Ohio River basin in Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Wythe counties and the City of Radford.  At the Radford Public Library, 30 West Main Street in Radford.  The 1:30 p.m. event is a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee; the 6 p.m. event is a public information meeting to present the final draft TMDL report.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture/Forestry
1/18/18, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
1/18/18, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 740 acres in King William County.  At the County Administration Building, 180 Horse Landing Road in King William.

Ports
1/22/18 and 1/23/18: Virginia Port Authority meetings.  1/22/18, 1 p.m.: Investment Committee; 1/22/18, 2 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee; 1/22/18, 3:45 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee; 1/22/18, 5 p.m.: Executive Committee; 1/23/178, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners.  All meetings at 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Scenic Rivers
1/18/18, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board and State Scenic River Advisory Committee Joint Meeting.  At James River Park Headquarters in Richmond.

Water Quality Permits
1/30/18, 6:30 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on three applications for new Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Storm Water Permits for existing confined animal feeding operations in Accomack County.  At Nandua High School Auditorium, 26350 Lankford Highway in  Onley.  The requests are as follows: 1) By FPNA Farms, Inc., for an operation in Withams, with discharge into an unnamed tributary of Bullbegger Creek in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; 2) By Brady Farm for an operation in Atlantic, with discharge into an unnamed tributary of Assawoman Creek; 3) By Horsey Poultry Farm LLC, for an operation in New Church, with discharge into an unnamed tributary of Pitts Creek.  All the waterways are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The public comment period runs 12/20/17 through 2/14/18.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
1/19/18, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) technical advisory committee on proposed amendments to the general Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit for discharges of stormwater from construction activities.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-880.

Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending January 15, 2018, Plus an Overview of Flooding Nationwide and a Mid-Month Drought Assessment

Below are several items summarizing recent precipitation and stream flow:

  1. Images showing precipitation in Virginia and other areas of the United States, and stream flow in Virginia, over the seven-day period ending January 15, 2018 (information available as of January 16).
  2. An excerpt from the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force’s latest statewide assessment on January 4 and a map showing the status of several drought indicators in different Virginia regions, as of January 15.
  3. Flooding overview maps for Virginia and nationwide, as of January 16.

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing precipitation and stream-flow information and images. For the current month’s other weekly reports on stream flow and precipitation, please see the News Grouper posts available at this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Virginia+Precipitation.

For monthly reviews of precipitation, stream flow, and drought, please see the posts available at this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Monthly+Water+Status.

For more information on current and historical surface-water and groundwater conditions in Virginia, please see the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Virginia and West Virginia Science Center’s Web site, https://www.usgs.gov/centers/va-wv-water.

Jan2018 Gage Reed Creek at Grahams Forge Wythe County Jan6 2018

January 2018 Gaging Station of the Month: Reed Creek at Grahams Forge in Wythe County, January  6, 2018.  U.S. Geological Survey information from this gage is online at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/uv?site_no=03167000.  For the Virginia map of gaging sites, see https://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/rt.

Precipitation

The following two color-coded maps show southeastern U.S. precipitation amounts (top map) and the percent of normal precipitation compared to normal for this period of the year (bottom map) over the seven-day period ending January 15, 2018.  As of that date, these data were provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).  The maps were accessed from the High Plains Regional Climate Center, located at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, online at https://hprcc.unl.edu/maps.php?map=ACISClimateMaps.

Precip Jan15PrecippercJan15 

Another source of precipitation data is the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, online at http://water.weather.gov/precip/.  The site provides maps showing precipitation nationwide or by state for specific days, months, or years.  The site also has the capability to show county boundaries, and other map layers available include river flood forecasts and current flood/severe weather warnings.  Shown below is the continental U.S. 7-day precipitation map as of 7 a.m. EST on January 16, 2018.  Please note that UTC, the time shown on the maps at the site, is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

Precip US

Stream Flow

Seven-day-average Virginia stream flows at gaging stations as of January 15, 2018, are indicated in the map below, from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) WaterWatch for Virginia, accessed online at http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?m=pa07d&r=va&w=map.  The map’s color-coded dots compare the previous week’s average stream flows to the normal flow levels for that week over the historical record for each gaging station.  The color codes/percentile classes used by USGS are as shown in the chart following the map.  Note: Additional gaging stations (such as for reservoirs or for inactive sites) are shown on maps available at the USGS’ National Water Information System Mapper, online at https://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/index.html.

Streams Jan15

KEEP on deskto - Stream flow code graph

Flooding Overview

As of about 3 p.m. EST on January 16, 2018, no stream-gaging stations in or adjacent to Virginia were either experiencing flooding or near flood stage, according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s (AHPS) map of stream and river levels relative to flood stage (color-coded) for Virginia and nearby areas.  The AHPS map for Virginia is shown below, along with the nationwide map as of the same time.  The maps are available online at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/forecasts.php; at that site, one can select Virginia or any other state of interest.

Flooding 01 Jan16Flooding 02 Jan16

Mid-month Drought Status Update

The Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force (DMTF), a collaboration of state and federal agencies, issued its latest Virginia drought-status report as of January 4, 2018.  The report is available at the DMTF Web site, http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought.aspx.  The Task Force was scheduled to meet again on February 1, 2018.

Following is an excerpt from the January 2018 report:

“During December [2017], recorded precipitation was significantly less than normal across all of Virginia, averaging 34% of normal statewide.  The majority of stream flow gaging stations are reporting much-below-normal flows (less than the 10th percentile).  Wells in the Virginia Climate Response network of groundwater level observation wells located in central Virginia continued to report below normal to much-below-normal levels.  The most recent weekly U.S. Drought Monitor web page map for Virginia (released January 4, 2018) shows moderate drought (D1) conditions across more than half of Virginia and abnormally dry (D0) conditions across nearly all of the Commonwealth (approximately 99.5%).  The National Weather Service Monthly Drought Outlook released on December 31, 2017, indicated a likelihood of continuing (and even expanding) drought across central Virginia  through January.  However, the most recent (December 21, 2017) U. S. Seasonal Drought Outlook for the period through March 31, 2018, indicated that the drought conditions in south-central Virginia may persist throughout that period, but drought removal may be likely in northern portions of the state.  The Task Force member from the State Climatology Office reminded the group that the longer-term winter forecast for Virginia is based on the ENSO—La Nina forecast.  La Nina conditions generally produce drier than normal conditions in the southeastern U.S., but there is significant uncertainty regarding how that will affect Virginia.  The DMTF discussed the continuing dry conditions across most of the state, particularly the areas of moderate drought extending north to south throughout the middle of Virginia.  The group agreed that the existing Drought Watch Advisories in six regions (Chowan, Middle James, Northern Piedmont, Northern Virginia, Roanoke River and Shenandoah) should continue.  [A map of Virginia’s Drought Evaluation Regions follows this excerpt.]  If the state continues to receive below-normal precipitation during the winter “leaf-off” period with low evapotranspiration, it would be the second consecutive winter season with low recharge to the groundwater system. These conditions may have serious impacts upon water availability during the next growing season due to low water table levels and subsequent low base flow in streams.”

VA Drought Evaluation Regions map

The Task Force also produces a map rating drought-status indicators.  Shown below is the map for December 18, 2017.  The status-indicator abbreviations on that map are as follows: GW = groundwater levels, Prcp = precipitation deficits, Res = reservoir storage, and Flow = stream flow conditions.  For each region of Virginia, the indicators are color coded for “normal,” “watch,” “warning,” or “emergency conditions.”  Any given day’s current map and more information on drought status in Virginia are available the Task Force Web site, http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought.aspx.

Drought VA Jan15

On Virginia Water Radio for 1-15-18: As the Water Freezes (for Virginia’s K-3 Science Students)

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of January 15, 2018, is “At the Freezing Point.”  The 3 min./50 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/01/episode-403-1-15-18-at-freezing-point.html, is designed especially for Virginia’s kindergarten through Grade 3 students learning about water’s physical states.  This week’s version revises an episode originally done in January 2015.

Ice on Claytor Lake in Pulaski County, Va., January 6, 2018.

 

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Jan. 11–Jan. 24, 2018, Including 2018 Virginia General Assembly Information

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

1/16/18, 10 a.m.: Board of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Wildlife, Boat, and Law Enforcement Committee; 1/16/18, 1 p.m.: Finance, Audit, and Compliance Committee; 1/16/18, 3 p.m.: Education, Planning, and Outreach Committee; 1/17/18, 9 a.m.: full Board.  All four meetings at 7870 Villa Park Drive in Henrico.

1/18/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee.  At Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.

1/23/18, 9 a.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  The Board’s Education and Training Committee meets 1/22/18 at 3 p.m. at the same location.

1/23/18, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

1/23/18, 1 p.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation Energy and Infrastructure Committee; and 1/23/18, 2:15 p.m., Audit and Compliance Committee.  Both meetings at Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg Center for Advanced Technology, 1325 Central Park Boulevard ni Fredericksburg.

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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?171+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.

Jan. 10-Mar. 2018: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  The 2018 General Assembly convenes on January 10 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 Web site, 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. Two committees that receive many (but by no means all!) of the water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. (2018 location to be determined, as of 1/10/18); 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 the Senate Committee Room on the ground floor of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.  Information about all standing committees as of the 2018 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/181/com/COM.HTM.

Relevant subcommittee meetings for this period:

1/16/18, 7:30 a.m.: Senate Finance Committee/Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  Subcommittee Room 1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

1/23/18, 7:30 a.m.: Senate Finance Committee/Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  Subcommittee Room 1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building, 90 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; 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.

1/17/18, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.  At the Arlington County Central Library, 1015 North Quincy Street in Arlington.  This meeting will focus on salt management in the watershed but also in the broader northern Virginia area; see the additional notice below under Meetings on Other Specific Topics/Land and Watershed Management.

1/18/18, 2 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Cunningham Creek and its tributaries plus bacterial impairment in Middle Ford Cunningham Creek, all located in the James River basin in Fluvanna County.  At the Fluvanna County Public Library, 214 Commons Boulevard in Palmyra.  According to a Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for a meeting on 8/1/17, these waterways were the subject of a TMDL study that began in February 2016, but in May 2017 the TMDL study was suspended and a watershed plan will be developed instead.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture/Forestry
1/18/18, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
1/18/18, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 740 acres in King William County.  At the County Administration Building, 180 Horse Landing Road in King William.

Land and Watershed Management
1/17/18, 6:30 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) meeting on the development of a Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) for the Northern Virginia region.  At the Arlington County Central Library, 1015 North Quincy Street in Arlington.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting: “In July 2017, DEQ completed a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study for the Accotink Creek watershed that identified chloride (salt) from snow and ice management as a contributing cause of a water quality impairment.  To bring chloride loads down to acceptable levels that were identified in the TMDL report, DEQ is initiating the development of a SaMS that will among many things prescribe best management practices for more efficient and effective salt application.  While the Accotink Creek watershed is located in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, snow and ice management practices are not confined to watershed boundaries.  Therefore, the project area will include all of Northern Virginia as defined by Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, Falls Church, and Fairfax. For more information on the SaMS, visit http://www.deq.virginia.gov/SaMS.aspx.

Ports
1/22/18 and 1/23/18: Virginia Port Authority meetings.  1/22/18, 1 p.m.: Investment Committee; 1/22/18, 2 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee; 1/22/18, 3:45 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee; 1/22/18, 5 p.m.: Executive Committee; 1/23/178, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners.  All meetings at 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Scenic Rivers
1/18/18, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board and State Scenic River Advisory Committee Joint Meeting.  At James River Park Headquarters in Richmond.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
1/19/18, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) technical advisory committee on proposed amendments to the general Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit for discharges of stormwater from construction activities.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-880.

Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending January 9, 2018, Plus an Overview of Flooding Nationwide

Below are several items summarizing recent precipitation and stream flow:

  1. Images showing precipitation in Virginia and other areas of the United States, and stream flow in Virginia, over the seven-day period ending January 9, 2018 (information available as of January 10).
  2. Flooding overview maps for Virginia and nationwide, as of January 10.

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing precipitation and stream-flow information and images. For the current month’s other weekly reports on stream flow and precipitation, please see the News Grouper posts available at this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Virginia+Precipitation.

For monthly reviews of precipitation, stream flow, and drought, please see the posts available at this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Monthly+Water+Status.

For more information on current and historical surface-water and groundwater conditions in Virginia, please see the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Virginia and West Virginia Science Center’s Web site, https://www.usgs.gov/centers/va-wv-water.

Jan2018 Gage Reed Creek at Grahams Forge Wythe County Jan6 2018

January 2018 Gaging Station of the Month: Reed Creek at Grahams Forge in Wythe County, January  6, 2018.  U.S. Geological Survey information from this gage is online at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/uv?site_no=03167000.  For the Virginia map of gaging sites, see https://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/rt.

Precipitation

The following two color-coded maps show southeastern U.S. precipitation amounts (top map) and the percent of normal precipitation compared to normal for this period of the year (bottom map) over the seven-day period ending January 9, 2018.  As of that date, these data were provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).  The maps were accessed from the High Plains Regional Climate Center, located at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, online at https://hprcc.unl.edu/maps.php?map=ACISClimateMaps.

Precip VAPrecip perc VA 

Another source of precipitation data is the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, online at http://water.weather.gov/precip/.  The site provides maps showing precipitation nationwide or by state for specific days, months, or years.  The site also has the capability to show county boundaries, and other map layers available include river flood forecasts and current flood/severe weather warnings.  Shown below is the continental U.S. 7-day precipitation map as of 7 a.m. EST on January 10, 2018.  Please note that UTC, the time shown on the maps at the site, is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

Precip US Jan10

Stream Flow

Seven-day-average Virginia stream flows at gaging stations as of January 9, 2018, are indicated in the map below, from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) WaterWatch for Virginia, accessed online at http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?m=pa07d&r=va&w=map.  The map’s color-coded dots compare the previous week’s average stream flows to the normal flow levels for that week over the historical record for each gaging station.  The color codes/percentile classes used by USGS are as shown in the chart following the map.  Note: Additional gaging stations (such as for reservoirs or for inactive sites) are shown on maps available at the USGS’ National Water Information System Mapper, online at https://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/index.html.

streams Jan9

KEEP on deskto - Stream flow code graph

Flooding Overview

As of about 11:30 a.m. EST on January 10, 2018, no stream-gaging stations in or adjacent to Virginia were either experiencing flooding or near flood stage, according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s (AHPS) map of stream and river levels relative to flood stage (color-coded) for Virginia and nearby areas.  The AHPS map for Virginia is shown below, along with the nationwide map as of the same time.  The maps are available online at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/forecasts.php; at that site, one can select Virginia or any other state of interest.

Flooding 01 VAFlooding 02 US

Disaster Recovery Information Resource for College Students Available as of January 2018

Recovering From a Natural Disaster in College: A Student’s Guide for What to do on Campus,” produced by Affordable College Online, is available online at https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/natural-disasters/.

Affordable College Online states that its mission is to create “in-depth resources that address topics, questions and concerns related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation.  Our resources include comprehensive guidebooks, student interviews, user-friendly search tools, federal datasets and other materials created and vetted by experts in their fields.”  The organization’s main Web page is https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/.

On Virginia Water Radio for 1-8-18: Previewing the 2018 Virginia General Assembly

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of January 8, 2018, is “The Virginia Legislature Begins its 400th Year in 2018.”  The 4 min./54 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/01/episode-402-1-8-18-virginia-legislature.html, is the podcast’s annual preview of the Virginia General Assembly session, which this year begins January 10.  The show notes include information to help citizens follow the General Assembly and voice their opinions to legislators.

General Assembly House ACNR Nat Res Subcomm Jan18 2017 USED Radio 359 NEWSL Aug2017
The Virginia General Assembly at work: meeting of a subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, January 18, 2017.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!