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)
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.”
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.