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
10/19/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. At the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries headquarters, 7870 Villa Park Drive in Henrico.
10/24/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
10/26/17, 9:30 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 that day at 9:00 a.m. at the same location.
11/1/17, 10 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees. In the East Reading Room of the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street 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?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.
None during this period.
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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.
None during this period.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
10/26/17, 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.
10/20/17, 10 a.m.: Public Webinar on Modeling Results for Virginia Business-as-Usual and Cap Scenarios. Register with the Georgetown [University] Climate Center online at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4584701090528236289, no later than October 19, 2017. Conducted by the Georgetown Climate Center for the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Committee on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Trading Regulation. The Advisory Committee was formed to advise the DEQ on the development of proposed regulatory amendments concerning CO2 trading. Its formation follows Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Directive 11 (May 2017) that instructed the DEQ to begin a process of developing regulations to reduce carbon emissions from electric power plants. Executive Directive 11 is available online (as a PDF) at http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf. A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on June 26, 2017. The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 5-140. More information on this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=4818.
Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
10/24/17, 6 p.m.: On the permit-modification application by Bio-Nomic Services, Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., to land-apply biosolids to about 1766 additional acres in Bedford County. At Central Virginia Community College-Bedford Campus, 1633 Venture Boulevard in Bedford.
10/30/17, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding. In House Room 1 of the Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. The subcommittee was created by the 2014 Virginia General Assembly (HJR 16 and SJR 3) to make recommendations for a comprehensive planning effort to address recurrent flooding in Virginia’s Tidewater and Eastern Shore, particularly as climate change is expected to increase extreme weather events. Information on the work of this subcommittee is available from the Division of Legislative Services, online at http://dls.virginia.gov/interim_studies_flooding.html; and in a July 23, 2014, news release from the chair of the subcommittee, Del. Chris Stolle (R-83rd) of Virginia Beach, online at http://chrisstolle.com/chris-stolle-elected-as-chair-of-general-assembly-joint-subcommittee-on-recurrent-flooding.
10/25/17, 9:30 a.m.: Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts Dam Owner Workgroup. At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.
Infrastructure Construction Funding
10/26/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public meeting on the Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List for Fiscal Year 2018 grants from the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund. At the DEQ main office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. The public review and comment period will end immediately following the public meeting. The draft list of loan recipients and projects is available from the DEQ online http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance/FY2018AnnualSolicitation.aspx. More information about the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance.aspx.
Land and Watershed Management
10/19/17, 6 p.m.: Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and federal Railroad Administration (FRA) public hearing for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Washington to Richmond Southeast High Speed Rail Project (DC2RVA). At the National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle (Prince William County). Previous public hearings were held 10/10/17, in Richmond, 10/11/17, in Ashland (Hanover County), 10/17/17 in Alexandria, and 10/18/17 in Fredericksburg. The project intends to build infrastructure to improve reliability, add capacity, and add nine stops. The public hearings will take comments on the draft EIS that compares alternatives under consideration and recommended alternatives in each corridor segment. The draft document is available online at http://www.dc2rvarail.com/draft. More information is available online at http://www.dc2rvarail.com/.
10/24/17, 10 a.m. (agenda PDF): State Water Commission. At House Room 1 of the Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. The State Water Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1990. Its purpose, according to Virginia Code section 30-187, is to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; [and] coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues….” More information about the Commission is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm.
10/24/17, 11 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) Formal Hearings to review the issuance of Cessation Orders CEV0010288 and CEV0010345 for A & G Coal Corporation. At the DMME Office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).
10/19/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Port Authority/Growth and Operations Committee; 10/19/17, 2 p.m.: Executive Committee. Both meetings at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.
10/19/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board. At City Hall in Richmond.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
10/24/17, 2 a.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on the triennial review of water-quality standards for bacteria, ammonia, cadmium and human health criteria) (9 VAC 25-260 in the Virginia Administrative Code.) At the DEQ Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. According to DEQ information online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityStandards/LawsMandates.aspx, Virginia Code section 62.1-44.15 (3a), part of Virginia’s State Water Control Law, requires the State Water Control Board to review and update the Commonwealth’s water-quality standards at least every three years. The Board conducted a triennial review in 2015, but the Board deferred to a separate rulemaking updates to freshwater aquatic life criteria for ammonia, amendments to the 94 human health criteria, and new EPA recommendations for recreation waters criteria (bacteria) and aquatic life (potentially for cadmium and selenium) (Board action taken at January 14, 2016, meeting). The proposed amendments on these itmes were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on September 18, 2017. The public comment period runs 9/19/17 to 11/17/17. More information on these proposed amendments is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=3171&display=stages. More information on the triennial review overall is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4017.