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)
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.
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.
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.