Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for February 21 – March 6, 2020, Including Information on the 2020 Virginia General Assembly

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.”

Waste 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.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 2-17-20: Exploring Fog’s Mysterious Mists

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of February 17, 2020, is “Fog’s Low Visibility Brings Mystery and Advisories.”  The 4 min./31 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/02/episode-512-2-17-20-fogs-low-visibility.html,  focuses on a weather phenomenon that can be both mysterious and dangerous.  The episode includes music from Blacksburg, Va., singer/songwriter Kat Mills.

Fog below Brush Mountain Dec26 2015 8am from SLV entrance road USED GROUPER 2-18-20Fog below Brush Mountain in Blacksburg, Va., at about 8 a.m. EST on December 26, 2015.

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 February 14 – February 28, 2020, Including Information on the 2020 Virginia General Assembly

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

2/19/20, 8:30 a.m.: Department of Health (VDH) Waterworks Advisory Committee.  At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

2/19/20, 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.

2/19/20, 4 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Crab Management Advisory Committee.  At 380 Fenwick Road, Building 96 in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).

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).

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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

2/17/20, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Chesapeake Subcommittee.  300-A Subcommittee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/19/20, 7:30 a.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Natural Resources Subcommittee.  In House Room 3, The Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

2/19/20, 3 p.m.: House Appropriations Committee/Commerce, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  Shared Committee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/19/20, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Agriculture Subcommittee.  400-B Subcommittee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

Natural Resource-Related Caucus Meetings for This Period

2/18/20, 8 a.m.: Animal Welfare Caucus.  200-B Subcommittee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/18/20, 5 p.m.: Virginia Environmental and Renewable Energy Caucus.  300-B Subcommittee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/20/20, 8 a.m.: Outdoor Recreation Caucus.  Outdoor Recreation 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.

2/20/20, 6 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial and sediment impairments in the Buffalo River, Long Branch, Mill Creek, Rutledge Creek, and Turner Creek watersheds, all in the James River watershed, in Amherst County.  At the Amherst County Administration Building, 153 Washington Street in Amherst.

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) 

Groundwater

2/20/20, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulatory advisory panel on the Eastern Shore Surficial Aquifer General Permit Regulation.  At Cape Charles Civic Center, 500 Tazewell Avenue in Cape Charles (Northampton County).  The panel is assisting the DEQ in developing proposed amendments to provisions of the Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations (Virginia Administrative Code section 9 VAC 25-610) and the development of a general permit regulation (Virginia Administrative Code section 9 VAC 25-910) for the use of the surficial aquifer on the Eastern Shore.  More information on the general permit regulation is online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2963.

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.” 

Waste 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.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 2-10-20: Saltmarsh Sparrow and Sea-level Rise

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of February 10, 2020, is “The Saltmarsh Sparrow and Its Connection to Sea-level Rise.”  The 4 min./2 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/02/episode-511-2-10-20-saltmarsh-sparrow.html, focuses on a bird species that’s found exclusively in Atlantic Coast salt marshes and is considered an indicator species for sea-level rise.  The episode includes excerpts of “Sparrow,” by Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand.

511 Image 1Saltmarsh Sparrow, location unidentified, June 11, 2005.  Photo by Dominic Sherony, made available for use under Creative Commons, “Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0),” accessed online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/9765210@N03/7749644414/, 2/10/20.

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 February 7 – February 21, 2020, Including Information on the 2020 Virginia General Assembly

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

2/10/20, 1 p.m.: Department of Transportation (VDOT), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors section of the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

2/12/20, 9 a.m.: Board of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1A, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

2/19/20, 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.

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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 

2/10/20, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Chesapeake Subcommittee.  300-A Subcommittee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/11/20, 7:30 a.m.: Senate Finance and Appropriations/Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  Subcommittee Room #1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

Natural Resource-Related Caucus Meetings for This Period

2/11/20, 5 p.m.: Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus.  300-B Subcommittee Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/20/20, 8 a.m.: Outdoor Recreation Caucus.  Outdoor Recreation 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.

None during this period.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Energy – Solar

2/12/20, 1 p.m.: Clean Energy Advisory Board.  At the Virginia Housing Center, 4224 Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The board was established by House Bill 2741 in the 2019 Virginia General Assembly for the purpose of establishing a pilot program for disbursing loans or rebates for the installation of solar energy infrastructure in low-income and moderate-income households.  The bill establishing the Board set its expiration date at July 1, 2022.

Waste 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.

Virginia Water Status Report for January 2020, Plus a Look at Flooding and Drought Nationally

Here is the Virginia Water Central News Grouper’s monthly water-status report on precipitation, stream flow, flooding, and drought, for the previous month as of early February 2020.  The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing the data and maps used in this post.  Icons for precipitation, stream flow, groundwater, and drought are by George Wills of Blacksburg, Va. (https://www.etsy.com/people/BlacksburgArt).  For previous monthly water status reports, please see this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Water+Status.

Water status icon precipitation by George Wills

Here are National Weather Service (NWS) preliminary (still needing verification) precipitation totals for January 2020 at 12 Virginia or near-Virginia locations, along with the “normal” (three-decade average) for this month of the year at each location.  Also shown are the precipitation totals at each location for the previous 12 months and the annual precipitation normals for each location.  The values are in inches.

Location January 2020 Observed Monthly Normal Feb. 2019–Jan. 2020 Observed Annual Normal
Blacksburg 3.12 3.08 42.96 40.89
Bluefield1 2.42 2.90 39.25 39.63
Bristol2 4.36 3.37 56.64 41.01
Charlottesville3 3.57 2.77 40.37 42.71
Danville 3.82 3.42 42.35 44.41
Lynchburg 3.98 3.14 40.17 41.57
Norfolk 3.58 3.40 45.95 46.53
Reagan National Airport4 2.79 2.81 41.83 39.74
Richmond 3.59 3.04 43.85 43.60
Roanoke 3.26 2.92 43.47 41.25
Wallops Island5 3.58 3.04 46.16 40.84
Washington-Dulles Airport6 3.33 2.68 40.18 41.54

Location notes
1 – The Bluefield location is the Mercer County, W. Va., airport, near the Va.-W.Va. state line.
2- The Bristol location is the Tri-Cities Airport in Tenn., about 20 miles from Bristol, Va./Tenn.
3 – The Charlottesville location is the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.
4 – Reagan National Airport is in Arlington County.
5 – Wallops Island is in Accomack County.
6 – Washington-Dulles Airport is in Loudoun County.

Precipitation sources:  Climate pages of the following National Weather Service Forecast Offices:
Blacksburg, Va. (https://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=rnk);
Morristown, Tenn. (https://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=mrx);
Baltimore-Washington (https://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=lwx); and
Wakefield, Va. (https://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=akq).

The normal values used by the National Weather Service (NWS) in these provisional reports are based on the period from 1981 to 2010.  The National Climatic Data Center released these normal values in July 2011.  For information on the normal values, see the National Climatic Data Center Web page at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/land-based-station-data/land-based-datasets/climate-normals.

For graphs of precipitation, visit the High Plains Regional Climate Center at https://hprcc.unl.edu/maps.php?map=ACISClimateMaps), where you can find maps of total precipitation and percent of normal precipitation for the past 7, 30, 60, or 90 days for all U.S. regions; or the NWS’ Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service at http://water.weather.gov/precip/ for a map of precipitation nationwide or by state, with capability to show county boundaries, and archives available for specific days, months, or years.  Shown below are the preliminary maps of the percent-of-normal precipitation for the southeastern United States for the previous 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days, and for Virginia for the previous 30 days, all through February 3, 2020.  [Please note that the scale is different for the 90-day regional map.]

PrecippercSE30PrecippercSE60PrecippercSE90PrecippercVA30
Water status icon stream flow by George Wills
According to the U.S. Geological Survey WaterWatch for Virginia (online at https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?m=mv01d&r=va&w=map, monthly average stream flow values for January 2020 at 160 stream gages in Virginia and just beyond the state border were as follows, compared to the historical range for each given gage:

within the normal historical range – about 87% of gages;
below normal – about 5% of gages;
above normal – about 8% of gages, with three of these gages much above normal.

Shown below is the color-coded, flow-percentile map for this period, accessed at the online site given in the paragraph above.  The chart below the map shows the color codes/percentile classes used by USGS to compared flows to historical records for the month.

Streams Map Jan20 KEEP on deskto - Stream flow code graph

An overall look at Virginia streamflow conditions is provided in the USGS WaterWatch summary plot of daily average streamflow conditions, compared to historical records for any given date.  Below is the summary plot for 88 Virginia sites during the 45-day period ending February 3, 2020, accessed on February 5 at https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?id=pa01d&sid=w__plot&r=va.

Streams Plot Feb3

NATIONWIDE FLOODING OVERVIEW

Following is the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s (AHPS) map of stream and river levels relative to flood stage (color-coded) for the continental United States, as of about 10:15 a.m. EST on February 5, 2020.  The current map is available online at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/forecasts.php; at that site, one can select Virginia or any other state of interest.

Flooding US Feb5
Water status icons groundwater by George Wills
Information on current groundwater levels in Virginia monitoring wells is available from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Information System, online at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/current/?type=gw.

Water status icon drought watch by George WillsDROUGHT IN VIRGINIA

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/) for January 28, 2020, categorized 1.8% of Virginia as abnormally dry.

Drought Monitor categories are as follows:
D0 = abnormally dry;
D1 = moderate drought;
D2 = severe drought;
D3 = extreme drought;
D4 = exceptional drought.

The Drought Monitor notes that it “focuses on broad-scale conditions [and] local conditions may vary.”

For comparison, here are Virginia ratings from previous Drought Monitors from about on month, two months, three months, and one year ago:

12/31/19 – 1.5% abnormally dry;|
11/26/19 – 30.6% abnormally dry;
10/28/19 – 79.8% abnormally dry or worse, 20.5% in moderate drought;
1/29/19 – drought-free.

Here are the comments from the January 28 Drought Monitor on conditions in Virginia:

“According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA NASS) statistics, 38% of pasture and rangeland was in poor to very poor condition in Virginia, and there were reports that “hay supplies are tight due to poor hay production in the fall.”  The poor conditions in the Southeast were due to autumn drought, followed by insufficient time for re-growth before winter.  For this reason, and because substantial rain occurred this week, no new D0 was added to central Virginia where 6-month precipitation deficits were evident.”

On November 1, 2019, the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force (DMTF), a collaboration of state and federal agencies, issued its most recent report (as of 2-5-20).  A link to that report, along with other current drought-status information, is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought.aspx.  The DMTF’s reports typically include information from some or all of the following agencies: University of Virginia Climatology Office, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Virginia departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Health, and Environmental Quality.

The DMTF also produces a map rating drought-status indicators, also online at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought/CurrentDroughtConditionsMap.aspx.  Shown below is the map for February 4, 2020.  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.”

Drought VA Feb5

DROUGHT ELSEWHERE

The January 28, 2020, U.S. Drought Monitor categorized about 23.9% of the United States (including parts of 28 states plus Puerto Rico) as being abnormally dry or worse.  The Drought Monitor categorized about 2.0% of the country (including parts of 8 states), as being in severe drought or worse (categories D2, D3, and D4).  (The highest percentage in the severe-or-worse categories reported by the Drought Monitor since it began in 2000 was 38.5% of the country for the week of August 7, 2012.)

The nationwide percentages for abnormally dry or worse (categories D0-D4) and severe or worse (categories D2-D4) in the previous three months and one year ago were as follows:

12/31/19 – 21.5% abnormally dry or worse, 3.2% severe drought or worse;
11/26/19 – 29.1% abnormally dry or worse, 4.8% severe drought or worse;
10/29/19 – 29.9% abnormally dry or worse, 6.5% severe drought or worse;
1/29/19 – 26.1% abnormally dry or worse, 5.8% severe drought or worse.

90-DAY DROUGHT OUTLOOK

For a look ahead, the National Weather Service/Climate Prediction Center’s “U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook” is available at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdo_summary.php.  Shown below is the outlook map available on February 5, 2020.

Drought Outlook US

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 2-3-20: Voting on Virginia Water Bills

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of February 3, 2020, is “Voting on Water in the 2020 Virginia General Assembly.”  The 4 min./59 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/02/episode-510-2-3-20-voting-on-water-in.html, is Water Radio’s annual look at some water-related bills and resolutions in Virginia’s legislature.

510 image 2 House membersMembers of the Virginia House of Delegates, January 8, 2020.  Image taken from House of Delegates livestream video archives, online at https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/chamber/chamberstream.php.

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!