Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Aug. 24-Sep. 6, 2017

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

8/28/17, 6 pm..: Marine Resources Commission’s Fisheries Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

9/5/17, 1 p.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 600 East Main Street in Richmond.

9/6/17, 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.  The Board’s Wetland Delineator Exam Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. on 9/6/17 at the same location.

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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.

8/25/17, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission.  At House Room 1, The Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  The meeting agenda is available (as a PDF) online at http://lis.virginia.gov/171/oth/Agenda.SWC.082517.pdf.  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.

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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.

8/29/17, 6 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in the Birch Creek and Dan River watersheds (including the following tributaries: Big Toby Creek, Byrds Branch, Cane Creek, Cascade Creek, Double Creek, Fall Creek, Germy Creek, Lawless Creek, Lawsons Creek, Miry Creek, Powells Creek, Pumpkin Creek, Sandy Creek, Sandy River, Stewart Creek, Stokes Creek, Sugartree Creek, Tanyard Creek, and an unnamed tributary to Birch Creek), located in the Roanoke River watershed in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties and the City of Danville.  At Danville Regional Airport, East Conference Room, 424 Airport Drive in Danville.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Air-Water Connections
8/28/17, 10 a.m.: Public Webinar on Allowance Consignment Auctions; register with the Georgetown [University] Climate Center online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1473248109318580738, no later than August 25, 2017.  Conducted by the Georgetown Climate Center for the Virgniia 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.

8/31/17, 9:30 a.m., and 9/6/17, 9:30 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Committee on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Trading Regulation.  Both meetings at the DEQ Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.  This committee was formed to advise the DEQ on the development of proposed regulatory amendments concerning CO2 trading.  Its formation followed 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.  According to the “Action Summary” at that Web site, “[t]he purpose of the proposed action is to develop a regulation, in accordance with Executive Directive 11 (2017), ‘Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Power Facilities and Growing Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy,’ that (i) ensures that Virginia is trading-ready to allow for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide (CO2) allowances through a multi-state trading program, and (ii) establishes abatement mechanisms that provide for a corresponding level of stringency to CO2 limits imposed in other states with such limits.”

Stormwater
8/24/17, 10 a.m.: Stormwater Best Management Practices Clearinghouse Stakeholders Group.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Clearinghouse is a Web site on design standards and specifications of stormwater BMPs in Virginia.  The Clearinghouse Committee advises the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the State Water Control Board.  More information about the Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Committee is available at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/swc/.  The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

8/30/17, 9 a.m.: House Bill 1774 Stormwater Workgroup.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.  According to the Virginia Legislative Information System, House Bill 1774 in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly “directs the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency to convene a work group to consider alternative methods of stormwater management in rural Tidewater localities. …The group is to be facilitated by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary Law School and is to include representatives of institutions of higher education, state agencies, local governments, private industry, and other groups.  The…work group is to review and consider the creation of rural development growth areas, the development of a volume credit program, the payment of fees to support regional best management practices, and the allowance of the use of stormwater in highway ditches to generate volume credits.  …The bill also delays from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, the effective date of new stormwater laws enacted during the 2016 Session of the General Assembly.”  The work group is to report to the governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2018.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
8/24/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public webinar on the draft 2016 Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report.  Registration information for the webinar can be found at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8931096941103573505.  The DEQ released the Draft 2016 Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report (Integrated Report) on August 7, 2017 for public comment.  A public webinar summarizing the Integrated Report is scheduled for August 24, 2017.  The public is invited to submit questions pertaining to the report during this event.  All submitted questions will be addressed in a “FAQ” document that will be subsequently posted on the DEQ webpage.  The Integrated Report combines both the 305(b) Water Quality Assessment and the 303(d) Report on Impaired Waters.  Both are required by the Federal Clean Water Act and the Virginia Water Quality Monitoring Information and Restoration Act.  The report will be available for download on our website at http://www.deq.state.va.us/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityAssessments.aspx, throughout the public comment period, ending September 6, 2017.

Chesapeake Bay Commission Meeting on September 7-8, 2017, on Solomons Island, Md.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission will meet September 7-8, 2017, on Solomons Island in Maryland.  The agenda for the meeting is available online (as a PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/171/oth/Agenda.CBC.0907-0817.pdf.  The next schedule Commission meeting is November 9-10, 2017, in Pennsylvania.  Information on Commission meetings (including agendas, presentations, and minutes) is available online at http://www.chesbay.us/meetings.htm.

According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/about.htm), the Commission “is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.  The Commission serves as the legislative arm of the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/), and acts in an advisory capacity to [the states’] General Assemblies.”  The Commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.

Virginia Well Inventory Maps Released in August 2017 by Virginia Tech

In August 2017, the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) released two maps showing the range of the number of private wells and the percentage of the population served by private wells for each Virginia county.  As of 8/22/17, the maps are available online at the Virginia Department of Health Web site, at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage-water-services/private-well-program/ (scroll down to “How Many Private Wells Are There in Virginia?”); they will eventually be posted on the site of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, online at http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/.  The maps were created by Jessica Slagle, a student intern with BSE, based on data from the Virginia State Water Resources Plan and the U.S. Census.  For more information, contact Erin Ling, the coordinator of the Household Water Quality Program, at (540) 231-9058 or wellwater@vt.edu.

Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending August 21, 2017, Plus an Overview of Flooding Nationwide

Below are several items summarizing recent precipitation and stream flow:

  1. Images showing precipitation in Virginia and other areas of the United States, and stream flow in Virginia, over the seven-day period ending August 21, 2017 (information available as of August 22).
  2. Flooding overview maps for Virginia and nationwide, as of August 22.

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

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

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

GAGE South Fork Shenandoah near Luray Rt 211 Jul22 2012

August 2017 Gaging Station of the Month: South Fork Shenandoah near Luray (U.S. Route 211), July 22, 2012.  U.S. Geological Survey information from this gage is online at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/uv?site_no=01629500.

Precipitation

The following two color-coded maps show southeastern U.S. precipitation amounts (top map) and the percent of normal precipitation compared to normal for this period of the year (bottom map) over the seven-day period ending August 21, 2017.  As of that date, these data were provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).  The maps were accessed from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southeast Regional Climate Center, located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; online at http://www.sercc.com/climateinfo/precip_maps.

Precip Aug21precip perc Aug21

Another source of precipitation data is the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, online at http://water.weather.gov/precip/.  The site provides maps showing precipitation nationwide or by state for specific days, months, or years.  The site also has the capability to show county boundaries, and other map layers available include river flood forecasts and current flood/severe weather warnings.  Shown below is the continental U.S. 7-day precipitation map as of 8 a.m. EDT on 8/22/17.  Please note that UTC, the time shown on the maps at the site, is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Precip US

Stream Flow

Seven-day-average Virginia stream flows at gaging stations as of August 21, 2017 are indicated in the map below, from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) WaterWatch for Virginia, accessed online at http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?m=pa07d&r=va&w=map.  The map’s color-coded dots compare the previous week’s average stream flows to the normal flow levels for that week over the historical record for each gaging station.  The color codes/percentile classes used by USGS are as shown in the chart following the map.  Note: Additional gaging stations (such as for reservoirs or for inactive sites) are shown on maps available at the USGS’ National Water Information System Mapper, online at https://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/index.html.

Streams Aug21

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Flooding Overview

As of about 11 a.m. EDT on August 22, 2017, four stream-gaging stations in or near Virginia were near flood stage, according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s (AHPS) map of stream and river levels relative to flood stage (color-coded) for Virginia and nearby areas.  The AHPS map for Virginia is shown below, along with the nationwide map as of the same time.  The maps are available online at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/forecasts.php; at that site, one can select Virginia or any other state of interest.
Flooding VA
Flooding US

National Hurricane Center’s Graphical Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook for 2 Days and 5 Days, as of August 22, 2017

Here’s a look at the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) Atlantic tropical weather outlook for the next few days.  The Virginia Water Central News Grouper posts these outlooks approximately weekly (depending on the level of weather activity) during the Atlantic tropical storm season (June 1-November 30).

As of August 22, 2017,  a pre-tropical disturbance centered over Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula was being given by the NHC a 70-percent chance of tropical cyclone formation within 48 hours and a 90-percent chance within five days.  At the same time, a second disturbance centered between Florida and the Bahamas was being given a 10-percent chance of tropical cyclone formation within 48 hours and a 30-percent chance within five days.

Shown below are the NHC’s two-day and five-day graphical tropical weather outlooks as of 8 p.m. EDT on August 22, accessed at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

Tropical outlook 2 daytropical outlook 5 day

Virginia Forest Heath Professionals’ Annual Conference Jan. 29-30, 2018, in Staunton

The Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals will hold its 26th annual conference on January 29-30, 2018, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center in Staunton.  The meeting is a chance for representatives of state and local government entities and the commercial sector to exchange information, expertise, and ideas about current issues, emerging pests, and other topics related to forest ecology and forest health.  More information is available online at https://www.vafhp.org/; or contact the organization by e-mail to president@vafhp.org, or Postal Service to P.O. Box 295, Oakton, VA 22124-0295.

On Virginia Water Radio for 8-21-17: Barred Owl

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of August 21, 2017, is “Barred Owl.”  The 3 min./54 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2017/08/episode-382-8-21-17-barred-owl.html, introduces one of Virginia’s night-time birds of prey.  The episode includes part of “Turn Out the Lights,” by Bob Gramann of Fredericksburg.

Photo Barred Owl USFWS USED Radio 382
Barred Owl photo by Mark Musselman, made available for public use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library, online at http://digitalmedia.fws.gov, accessed 8-18-17 (direct link to image is https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/natdiglib/id/14142/rec/1).
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!