Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for November 15 – November 29, 2019

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

11/15/19, 10 a.m.: Aquaculture Advisory Board.  At Newport News Marriott Center, 740 Town Center Drive in Melfa (Accomack County).

11/19/19, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

11/19/19, 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.

11/22/19, 10 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.

11/26/19, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 380 Fenwick Road in Ft. Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).

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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/. 

11/18/19, 12 p.m.: General Assembly reconvenes 2019 Special Session I.  At the Capitol, 1000 Bank 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)

Agriculture and Forestry

11/20/19, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee.  At the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona.

Air-Water Connections

11/21/19, 10:00 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board subcommittee on public engagement.  At the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Room LL1, 1201 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg.

Chesapeake Bay

11/19/19, 10 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee.  At the Pocahontas Builidng, 300-A Subcommittee Room, 900 East Main 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.

Energy – Solar

11/15/19, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel Meeting on the Small Renewable Energy (Solar) Permit by Rule.  At the Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for the August 15 meeting, this panel “will assist the Department of Environmental Quality in development of amendments to the regulation to address issues such as but not limited to permit fees, compliance and enforcement, and public participation procedures.”  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 15-60.

Environmental Justice

11/20/19, 2 p.m.: Council on Environmental Justice’s Outdoor Access Subcommittee.  At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.  The Council was established by Gov. Ralph Northam on January 22, 2019.   That action followed the establishment of an advisory council to the Secretary of Natural Resources by then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe in October 2017.  More information on the Council is available online at https://www.naturalresources.virginia.gov/initiatives/environmental-justice/.

Fort Monroe

11/21/19, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees.  At Paradise Cove Club, 490 Fenwick Road in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).  In 2011, the Virginia General Assembly (Senate Bill 1400) established the Fort Monroe Authority to manage the historic areas of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort—at the confluence of Hampton Roads with the Chesapeake Bay—after the federal government closed its military facilities there.  Fort Monroe had been a U.S. military base since 1836.  In 2011, the area was designated as Fort Monroe National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm).  More information about Fort Monroe and the Authority is available online at http://www.fmauthority.com/.

Groundwater

11/15/19, 9 a.m.: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) 3rd Annual Groundwater Stakeholder Forum for the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area and Eastern Shore Groundwater Management Area.  At the James Room, Fountain Plaza III, 700 Town Center Drive in Newport News.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[p]resentations and discussion topics are expected to include [the following]: (i) an overview of the annual model simulations of the current use and total permitted use status of the aquifers of the Coastal Plain Aquifer systems in both Groundwater Management Areas; (ii) presentations on model improvements over the last year and anticipated future model maintenance; (iii) an update on the status of collaborative work with the United States Geological Survey on an updated hydrogeologic framework for the [Eastern Shore Groundwater Management Area]; and, (iv) an opportunity for discussion of alternative water sources and development projects, and the activities of the groundwater banking and trading workgroup.”

Land and Watershed Management

11/21/19, 9:30 a.m.: Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) – Water Quality Monitoring and Research Workgroup.  At Fairfax Water, 8570 Executive Park Avenue in Fairfax.  According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[a] chloride TMDL has been developed for the Accotink Creek watershed located in Fairfax County.  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 have begun the development of a comprehensive strategy that aims to provide recommendations for more efficient and effective use of salts during winter weather management.” 

Ports

11/19/19, 9 a.m.: Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners.  At 101 West Main Street, Suite 600, in Norfolk.  On 11/18/19 at the same location, the board’s Growth and Operations Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, and Executive Committee meet at 2 p.m., 3:45 p.m., and 5 p.m., respectively.

Scenic Rivers

11/19/19, 12 p.m.: Goose Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg.

Stormwater

11/20/19, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel on Consolidation of Erosion/Sediment Control Regulations and Stormwater Management Regulations.  At the DEQ’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949 Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the panel is to “assist the Department of Environmental Quality in the development of regulations to consolidate the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program and the Virginia Stormwater Management Program and create the Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Program.  Chapters 758 and 68 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly (House Bill 1250 and Senate Bill 673) combine the existing Virginia Stormwater Management Act and Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law to create the Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Act.  The Department is required to initiate a regulatory action in order for this legislation to become effective.”

Virginia Outdoors Plan

10/10/19 through 12/5/19 – In October, November, and December 2019, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is holding a series of public meetings on the Virginia Outdoors Plan.  The DCR is working with Virginia’s planning district commissions and regional councils to review outdoor recreation and land conservation initiatives related to the Outdoors Plan, which is a comprehensive blueprint for acquisition, development, and management of outdoor recreation and open space resources.  The first plan was developed in 1966; the most recent update was done in 2018.  More information on the Outdoors Plan is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/vop.shtml.

The DCR intends to hold public meetings in every planning district or region.  The 2019 meeting schedule is as follows (meeting dates are hyperlinked to Virginia Regulatory Town Hall information):

10/10/19, 12 p.m., at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, 400-E Kendrick Lane in Front Royal (Warren County).

10/14/19, 12 p.m., at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 407 East Water Street in Charlottesville.

10/15/19, 10 a.m., at the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, 224 Clydesway Drive, Lebanon (Russell County).

10/16/19, 10 a.m., at the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, 125 Bowden Street in Saluda (Middlesex County).

10/21/19, 3 p.m., for the Commonwealth Regional Council, at Prince Edward Community Library, 1303 West 3rd Street in Farmville.

10/22/19, 10 a.m., at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 3040 Williams Drive in Fairfax.

10/29/19, 10 a.m., at the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, 457 Main Street in Warsaw (Richmond County).

10/30/19, 2 p.m., at the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, 313 Luck Avenue, SW, in Roanoke.

10/31/19, 10 a.m., for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, at 1 Franklin Street in Hampton.

11/4/19, 10 a.m., at the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, 1100 Madison Street in Martinsville.

11/5/19, 1 p.m., at the Lenowisco Planning District Commission, 372 Technology Trail Lane, Duffield (Scott County).

11/5/19, 2 p.m., at the Central Virginia Planning District Commission, 828 Main Street in Lynchburg.

11/6/19, 10 a.m., at New River Valley Regional Commission, 6580 Valley Center Drive in Fairlawn (Pulaski County).

11/7/19, 10 a.m., for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, at the BRITE Transit Facility, 51 Ivy Ridge Lane in Fishersville (Augusta County).

11/12/19, 11 a.m., at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond.

11/13/19, 12 p.m., at the Crater Planning District Commission, 1964 Wakefield Street in Petersburg.

11/14/19, 10 a.m., for the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Seaside Hall, 39 Atlantic Avenue in Wachapreague (Accomack County).

11/14/19, 10 a.m., at the George Washington Regional Commission, 406 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.

11/20/19, 10 a.m., at the Southside Planning District Commission, 200 South Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill (Mecklenburg County).

11/21/19, 2 p.m., at the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, 1021 Terrace Drive in Marion (Smyth County).

12/5/19, 10 a.m., at the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, 420 Southridge Parkway, #106, in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 11-11-19: Music in Honor of Veterans

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of November 11, 2019, is “Music in Honor of Veterans Day and Our Armed Forces’ Connections to Virginia’s Waters.”  The 5 min./4 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/11/episode-498-11-11-19-music-in-honor-of.html, features parts of the anthems of each branch of the U.S. armed services and provides some reflections on the military’s connections to waters in Virginia.

498 image 2November 11, 2019, Veterans Day service at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee in Virginia. Photo by Stephen Baker, provided online by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), at https://www.dvidshub.net/; the specific URL for the image was https://www.dvidshub.net/search/?filter%5Btype%5D=image&filter%5Bbranch%5D=Army&filter%5Bstate%5D=Virginia&view=grid&filter[date]=20191111-undefinedundefined, as of 11/12/19. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. (Information on use of these public domain images is available online at https://www.dvidshub.net/about/copyright.)

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 November 8 – November 22, 2019

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

11/12/19, 10 a.m.: Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority.  At Virginia Commonwealth University, East Engineering Hall, Room E3218, 401 West Main Street in Richmond.

11/12/19, 1 p.m.: Marine Products Board.  At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1208 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).

11/13/19, 10 a.m.: Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security’s Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel.  At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.  The panel was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly in 2019 (House Bill 2133) as an advisory board under the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.  According to the Commonwealth Calendar notice for this meeting, “the Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel is established as an advisory board in the executive branch of state government.  The Panel shall have as its primary focus emergency management and homeland security within the Commonwealth to ensure that prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery programs, initiatives, and activities, both at the state and local levels, are fully integrated, suitable, and effective in addressing risks from man-made and natural disasters.”  More information about the panel is available online at https://www.pshs.virginia.gov/initiatives/secure-and-resilient-commonwealth-panel/.

11/14/19, 6 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Fisheries Management Advisory Committee.  At 380 Fenwick Road, Building 96, in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).

11/15/19, 10 a.m.: Aquaculture Advisory Board.  At Newport News Marriott Center, 740 Town Center Drive in Melfa (Accomack County).

11/19/19, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

11/19/19, 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.

11/22/19, 10 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street 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/.

11/18/19, 12 p.m.: General Assembly reconvenes 2019 Special Session I.  At the Capitol, 1000 Bank 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)

Agriculture and Forestry 

11/20/19, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee.  At the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona.

Chesapeake Bay

11/7/19, 12:30 p.m., and 11/8/19, 9:15 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Commission.  The meeting on November 7 is at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies, 701 East Pratt Street in Baltimore, Md.; the meeting on November 8 is at Fairfield Inn and Suites, 101 South President Street in Baltimore.  Agenda available online (as a PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/191/oth/Agenda.CBC.1107-0819.pdf.  The next regular meeting will be January 2-3, 2020, in Annapolis, Md.

11/19/19, 10 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee.  At the Pocahontas Builidng, 300-A Subcommittee Room, 900 East Main 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.

Environmental Justice

11/13/19, 10 a.m.: Council on Environmental Justice.  At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.  On 11/20/19, 2 p.m., the Council’s Outdoor Access Subcommittee meets at the same location.  The Council was established by Gov. Ralph Northam on January 22, 2019.   That action followed the establishment of an advisory council to the Secretary of Natural Resources by then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe in October 2017.  More information on the Council is available online at https://www.naturalresources.virginia.gov/initiatives/environmental-justice/.

Groundwater

11/15/19, 9 a.m.: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) 3rd Annual Groundwater Stakeholder Forum for the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area and Eastern Shore Groundwater Management Area.  At the James Room, Fountain Plaza III, 700 Town Center Drive in Newport News.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[p]resentations and discussion topics are expected to include [the following]: (i) an overview of the annual model simulations of the current use and total permitted use status of the aquifers of the Coastal Plain Aquifer systems in both Groundwater Management Areas; (ii) presentations on model improvements over the last year and anticipated future model maintenance; (iii) an update on the status of collaborative work with the United States Geological Survey on an updated hydrogeologic framework for the [Eastern Shore Groundwater Management Area]; and, (iv) an opportunity for discussion of alternative water sources and development projects, and the activities of the groundwater banking and trading workgroup.”

Land and Watershed Management

11/21/19, 9:30 a.m.: Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) – Water Quality Monitoring and Research Workgroup.  At Fairfax Water, 8570 Executive Park Avenue in Fairfax.  According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[a] chloride TMDL has been developed for the Accotink Creek watershed located in Fairfax County.  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 have begun the development of a comprehensive strategy that aims to provide recommendations for more efficient and effective use of salts during winter weather management.”

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation

11/12/19, 7 p.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) public hearing on a permit application by Luck Stone Corporation (headquartered in Richmond, Va.).  The permit site is adjacent to Hudson Way, approximately one mile south of Crewe (Nottoway County).  At the Nottoway County District Court Building, 344 West Courthouse Road in Nottoway.

11/13/19, 9 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearing on Cessation Order #GWS0012752 for Apex Energy, Inc. (headquartered in Pikeville, Ky.)  At the DMME office, 135 Highland Drive in Lebanon (Russell County).  The mine site or sites is not identified in the Regulatory Town Hall notice.

Ports

11/19/19, 9 a.m.: Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners.  At 101 West Main Street, Suite 600, in Norfolk.  On 11/18/19 at the same location, the board’s Growth and Operations Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, and Executive Committee meet at 2 p.m., 3:45 p.m., and 5 p.m., respectively.

Resource Management Mapping and Planning

11/13/19, 10 a.m.: Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Board.  At 101 North 14th Street, 16th floor, Richmond.  The VGIN was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1997 to help support the creation, development, and use of geographic information and related technology for state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, and other Commonwealth users of maps and geographic information.  It’s coordinated by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).  More information is available online at https://www.vita.virginia.gov/integrated-services/vgin-geospatial-services/.

Virginia Outdoors Plan

10/10/19 through 12/5/19 – In October, November, and December 2019, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is holding a series of public meetings on the Virginia Outdoors Plan.  The DCR is working with Virginia’s planning district commissions and regional councils to review outdoor recreation and land conservation initiatives related to the Outdoors Plan, which is a comprehensive blueprint for acquisition, development, and management of outdoor recreation and open space resources.  The first plan was developed in 1966; the most recent update was done in 2018.  More information on the Outdoors Plan is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/vop.shtml.

The DCR intends to hold public meetings in every planning district or region.  The 2019 meeting schedule is as follows (meeting dates are hyperlinked to Virginia Regulatory Town Hall information):

10/10/19, 12 p.m., at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, 400-E Kendrick Lane in Front Royal (Warren County).

10/14/19, 12 p.m., at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 407 East Water Street in Charlottesville.

10/15/19, 10 a.m., at the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, 224 Clydesway Drive, Lebanon (Russell County).

10/16/19, 10 a.m., at the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, 125 Bowden Street in Saluda (Middlesex County).

10/21/19, 3 p.m., for the Commonwealth Regional Council, at Prince Edward Community Library, 1303 West 3rd Street in Farmville.

10/22/19, 10 a.m., at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 3040 Williams Drive in Fairfax.

10/29/19, 10 a.m., at the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, 457 Main Street in Warsaw (Richmond County).

10/30/19, 2 p.m., at the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, 313 Luck Avenue, SW, in Roanoke.

10/31/19, 10 a.m., for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, at 1 Franklin Street in Hampton.

11/4/19, 10 a.m., at the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, 1100 Madison Street in Martinsville.

11/5/19, 1 p.m., at the Lenowisco Planning District Commission, 372 Technology Trail Lane, Duffield (Scott County).

11/5/19, 2 p.m., at the Central Virginia Planning District Commission, 828 Main Street in Lynchburg.

11/6/19, 10 a.m., at New River Valley Regional Commission, 6580 Valley Center Drive in Fairlawn (Pulaski County).

11/7/19, 10 a.m., for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, at the BRITE Transit Facility, 51 Ivy Ridge Lane in Fishersville (Augusta County).

11/12/19, 11 a.m., at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond.

11/13/19, 12 p.m., at the Crater Planning District Commission, 1964 Wakefield Street in Petersburg.

11/14/19, 10 a.m., for the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Seaside Hall, 39 Atlantic Avenue in Wachapreague (Accomack County).

11/14/19, 10 a.m., at the George Washington Regional Commission, 406 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.

11/20/19, 10 a.m., at the Southside Planning District Commission, 200 South Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill (Mecklenburg County).

11/21/19, 2 p.m., at the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, 1021 Terrace Drive in Marion (Smyth County).

12/5/19, 10 a.m., at the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, 420 Southridge Parkway, #106, in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

Virginia Water Status Report as of the end of October 2019, 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, as of end of October 2019.  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 October 2019 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 October

2019 Observed

Monthly Normal Nov. 2018-

Oct. 2019 Observed

Annual Normal
Blacksburg 7.81 2.78 46.29 40.89
Bluefield1 6.27 RH 2.50 42.90 39.63
Bristol2 6.60 2.10 59.10 41.01
Charlottesville3 7.51 3.11 49.50 42.71
Danville 6.76 3.53 50.82 44.41
Lynchburg 6.73 3.11 48.71 41.57
Norfolk 3.73 3.42 50.00 46.53
Reagan National Airport4 6.66 3.40 51.08 39.74
Richmond 4.66 2.98 46.91 43.60
Roanoke 6.33 2.89 49.41 41.25
Wallops Island5 7.37 3.17 51.25 40.84
Washington-Dulles Airport6 5.97 3.25 49.67 41.54

RH = record monthly high for the location and month of the year.

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 October 31, 2019.

Precipperc30SoutheastPrecipperc60SoutheastPrecipperc90SoutheastPrecipperc30VA 

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 October 2019 at 157 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 89% of gages;
below normal – about 5% of gages;
much below normal – 2 gages, or about 1% of gages;
above normal – about 4% of gages;
much above normal – 1 gage.

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 October stream codes

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 November 2, 2019, accessed on November 5 at https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?id=pa01d&sid=w__plot&r=va.

Streams Plot Nov3

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 9:15 a.m. EDT on November 1, 2019.  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 Nov1

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 Wills

DROUGHT IN VIRGINIA

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/) for October 29, 2019, categorized Virginia as follows:

About 79.8% abnormally dry or worse;
About 20.5% moderate drought.

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 one month, two months, three months, and one year ago:
10/1/19 – 96.5% abnormally dry or worse; 59.2% moderate drought or worse; 11.3% severe drought;
8/27/19 – 17.4% abnormally dry;
7/30/19 – drought-free.
10/30/18 – drought-free.

In mid-October 2019, the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force (DMTF), a collaboration of state and federal agencies, issued its most recent report (as of 11-1-19).  A link to the most recent DMTF 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.

Following is the summary from the October 11, 2019, report, and a map identifying the Drought Evaluation Regions used by the DMTF.

“The Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force (DMTF) met on Thursday, October 10,2019to discuss the status of drought monitoring and hydrologic conditions in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Minimal rainfall combined with record-breaking high temperatures during September and early October have resulted in very dry soil moisture conditions across the Commonwealth, with subsequent agricultural impacts.  Rainfall amounts received since mid-July vary from 6 to 12 inches below normal across much of the state.   Stream flow across central and eastern Virginia, as well as parts of the western portions of the state, are below normal.  Groundwater levels in some of the climate response network observation wells are below normal to much-below normal.  Levels and storage at major water-supply reservoirs remain within normal ranges.  However, dry conditions are expected to predominate through October, with the longer term forecast uncertain with respect to increased precipitation.”
Drought Evaluation Regions

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 October 31, 2019.  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.”  Note the yellow over the whole state indicating a statewide drought watch, which was issued on October 11 and lifted on November 1.  For more on the statewide watch, please see Statewide Drought Advisory Watch Lifted, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality News Release, 11/1/19.

Drought Status VA Oct31DROUGHT ELSEWHERE

The October 29, 2019, U.S. Drought Monitor categorized about 29.9% of the United States (including parts of 40 states plus Puerto Rico) as being abnormally dry or worse.  The Drought Monitor categorized about 6.5% of the country (including parts of 15 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:

10/1/19 – 34.9% abnormally dry or worse; 5.3% severe drought or worse;
8/27/19 – 28.8% abnormally dry or worse; 2.3% severe drought or worse;
7/30/19 – 22.8% abnormally dry or worse; 1.3% severe drought or worse;
10/30/18 – 31.5% abnormally dry or worse; 10.8% severe drought or worse.

Following is the nationwide summary by October 29, 2019, Drought Monitor:

“This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw widespread improvements in drought-stricken areas across portions of the South, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic, as moderate-to-heavy rainfall accumulations were observed associated with storm systems fueled by residual moisture from Tropical Storm Olga.  Across these areas, precipitation accumulations ranged from 2-to-10 inches leading to improvements on the map in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.  In California, numerous wildfires are burning across northern and southern portions of the state, including the Kincaide Fire (the state’s largest active fire) in Sonoma County that has burned approximately 76,000 acres. In southern California, firefighting efforts have been hampered by strong Santa Ana winds that are causing extreme fire behavior.”

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 November 1, 2019.

Drought Outlook US Nov 1

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 11-4-19: Water Information and Perspectives from the Centennial State of Colorado

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of November 4, 2019, is “‘Connecting the Drops’ Delivers Water Information to Colorado Communities.”  The 5 min./26 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/11/episode-497-11-4-19-connecting-drops.html, is one of a series of occasional episodes on water-related radio programs outside of Virginia.

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!

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 10-28-19: The Chesapeake Bay Commission

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of October 28, 2019, is “The Chesapeake Bay Commission Turns 40 in 2020.”  The 4 min./40 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/10/episode-496-10-28-19-chesapeake-bay.html, focuses on the Commission’s involvement since 1980 in efforts to restore the Bay.  The episode features music by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg, Va., and Andrew VanNorstrand of New York.

496 Image 1 Bay looking north from Cape Charles Oct6 2007Chesapeake Bay looking north from Cape Charles, Va. (Northampton County), October 6, 2007.

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!

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 10-21-19: The Virginia Outdoors Plan

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of October 21, 2019, is “Exploring the Virginia Outdoors Plan.”  The 5 min./16 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/10/episode-495-10-21-19-exploring-virginia.html, focuses on Virginia’s comprehensive plan for outdoor recreation and land conservation, published every five years; the most recent edition was released in February 2019.  The episode features music by No Strings Attached, a long-time Blacksburg- and Roanoke-based band.


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!