Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for April 3 – April 17, 2020 – INCLUDING CANCELATIONS AS OF 4-1-20

Click on underlined meeting dates for more information.  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

4/15/20, 8:30 a.m. – Department of Health’s (VDH) Waterworks Advisory Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

4/16/20, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation.  At Kiptopeke State Park, 3540 Kiptopeke Drive in Cape Charles (Northampton County).

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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/.

4/22/20, noon (SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS): Virginia General Assembly’s reconvened (“veto”) session.  At the State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  The reconvened session is held the sixth Wednesday after the adjournment of each regular or special session.  The House of Delegates meeting schedule is available at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/schedule/meetingSchedule.php; live video streams of floor sessions from the House are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.  The Senate meeting schedule and the floor sessions’ live video stream are available at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.

For more information on the General Assembly, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate. 

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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) 

Air-Water Connections

CANCELED – 4/6/20: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit amendment for Virginia Electric and Power Company’s Brunswick County Power Station.

CANCELED – 4/15/20, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel on the Eastern Shore Surficial Aquifer General Permit Regulation.  Was scheduled to be in Cape Charles (Northampton County).

 Mining and Mined Land Reclamation

CANCELED – 4/8/20, 10 a.m.: Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Fund Advisory Board.  Was scheduled to be in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

Professional and Occupational Licensing and Regulation

CANCELED4/17/20: Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation public hearing on study of the continued need for regulation of the following occupations: Soil Scientist, Waste Management Facility Operator, Landscape Arch., Common Interest Community Manager Employee, Interior Designer, Backflow Prevention Device Worker, and Wetland Delineator.  Was scheduled to be at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon.  This study resulted from one of the recommendations in the 2018 Joint Legislative and Audit Commission (JLARD) report, “Operations and Performance of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation,” online at http://jlarc.virginia.gov/2018-dpor.asp.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 3-30-20: Gulls

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of March 30, 2020, is “An April Fools’ Day Introduction to Gulls.”  The 3 min./40 sec. episode, available online at this link, explores a group of birds whose name can mean being fooled and whose sights, sounds, and soaring mean seashores.

518 Image 3 Great Black-backed Gulls VaGreat Black-backed Gulls at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia.  Photo by Donna A. Dewhurst, made available for public use at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library, http://digitalmedia.fws.gov/cdm/; specific URL for the photo is https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/3068/rec/1, as of 3-29-20.

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 March 27 – April 10, 2020 — INCLUDING CANCELATIONS AS OF 3-25-20

Click on underlined meeting dates for more information/.  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

CANCELED – 4/2/20, 10 a.m., and 4/2/20, 11 a.m. – Virginia Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees and Special Forestry Committee meetings.  Were scheduled to be in Petersburg.

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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/.

4/22/20, noon: Virginia General Assembly’s reconvened (“veto”) session.  At the State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  The reconvened session is held the sixth Wednesday after the adjournment of each regular or special session.  The House of Delegates meeting schedule is available at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/schedule/meetingSchedule.php; live video streams of floor sessions from the House are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.  The Senate meeting schedule and the floor sessions’ live video stream are available at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.

For more information on the General Assembly, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate. 

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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)

Air-Water Connections

CANCELED/TO BE RESCHEDULED – 4/6/20: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit amendment for Virginia Electric and Power Company’s Brunswick County Power Station.

Groundwater

CANCELED – 3/31/20, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulatory advisory panel on the Eastern Shore Surficial Aquifer General Permit Regulation.  Was scheduled to be at Cape Charles Civic Center, 500 Tazewell Avenue in Cape Charles (Northampton County).  The panel is assisting the DEQ in developing proposed amendments to provisions of the Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations (Virginia Administrative Code section 9 VAC 25-610) and the development of a general permit regulation (Virginia Administrative Code section 9 VAC 25-910) for the use of the surficial aquifer on the Eastern Shore.  More information on the general permit regulation is online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2963.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation

4/8/20, 10 a.m.: Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Fund Advisory Board.  At the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 3-23-20: Considering Water and the Coronavirus

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of March 23, 2020, is “Exploring Water Connections to the COVID-19 Virus.”  The 5 min./2 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/03/episode-517-3-23-20-exploring-water.html, is a brief look at some water aspects of the current pandemic.  The episode includes music by Torrin Hallett (who composed a selection especially for this episode) and by Kat Mills.

517 image 2 tissue isolateTransmission electron microscopic image of a tissue isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. The spherical viral particles are colorized in blue.  Public domain image by Hannah A. Bullock and Azaibi Tamin; accessed at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Image Library, online at https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=23354, 3-23-20.

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 March 20 – April 3, 2020 – MOST CANCELED

Click on underlined meeting dates for more information, including any instructions for online or phone-conference meetings during the COVID-19 emergency.  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

CANCELED – 3/20/20, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1A, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

CANCELED – 3/23/20, 9 a.m.: Virginia Agricultural Council.  At Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 South Market Street in Staunton.

CANCELED – 3/24/20, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 380 Fenwick Road in Ft. Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).

CANCELED – 3/26/20, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board Committee on Public Engagement.  At the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, 201 East Market Street in Charlottesville.

CANCELED – 3/26/20, 10 a.m.: Litter Control and Recycling Fund Advisory Board.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  Electronic option available: (571) 317-3122, access Code = 292-757-085; in the event of technical difficulties call (804) 527-5020.

CANCELED – 3/26/20, 10 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.  At 9 a.m. that day, the Board’s Audit Subcommittee meets 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?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/.

4/22/20, noon: Virginia General Assembly’s reconvened (“veto”) session.  At the State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  The reconvened session is held the sixth Wednesday after the adjournment of each regular or special session.  The House of Delegates meeting schedule is available at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/schedule/meetingSchedule.php; live video streams of floor sessions from the House are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.  The Senate meeting schedule and the floor sessions’ live video stream are available at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3. 

For more information on the General Assembly, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate.

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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.

CANCELED – 3/26/20, 5 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in the McClure River and tributaries Big Spraddle Branch, Buffalo Creek, and Roaring Fork, all in the Pound River/Russell Fork/Big Sandy River watershed in Dickenson County.  At the McClure Kiwanis Building, at the intersection of State Route 63 (Dante Mountain Road) and State Route 773 (Herndon Road) in Dickenson County.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Groundwater

3/31/20, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulatory advisory panel on the Eastern Shore Surficial Aquifer General Permit Regulation.  At Cape Charles Civic Center, 500 Tazewell Avenue in Cape Charles (Northampton County).  The panel is assisting the DEQ in developing proposed amendments to provisions of the Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations (Virginia Administrative Code section 9 VAC 25-610) and the development of a general permit regulation (Virginia Administrative Code section 9 VAC 25-910) for the use of the surficial aquifer on the Eastern Shore.  More information on the general permit regulation is online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2963.

Professional and Occupational Licensing and Regulation

CANCELED – 3/20/20, 10 a.m., and 3/23/20, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation public hearings on study of the continued need for regulation of the following occupations: Soil Scientist, Waste Management Facility Operator, Landscape Arch., Common Interest Community Manager Employee, Interior Designer, Backflow Prevention Device Worker, and Wetland Delineator.  The 3/20/20 public hearing will be at the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond; the 3/23/20 public hearing will be at James Madison University, Festival Conference and Student Center Allegheny Room, 1301 Carrier Drive in Harrisonburg.  This study resulted from one of the recommendations in the 2018 Joint Legislative and Audit Commission (JLARD) report, “Operations and Performance of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation,” online at http://jlarc.virginia.gov/2018-dpor.asp.

Waste Management – Solid Waste

CANCELED – 3/25/20, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public information meeting to discuss sanitary landfill permitting.  At Cumberland County Middle/High School, 16 School Road in Cumberland.  The meeting will include a presentation by DEQ staff on the requirements for a permit, how permit applications are evaluated, opportunities for public input, and the next steps in the review process. The presentation will be followed by a staff panel to answer questions from the audience on general solid waste permitting questions  An application has been received for a landfill in Cumberland County, known as the Green Ridge project; DEQ is in the very early stages of review.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards

CANCELED – 3/23/20, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stakeholder Advisory Committee on Turbidity Criteria.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 3-16-20: Welcoming Spring

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of March 16, 2020, is “A Spring Serenade – 2020 Edition.”  The 4 min./19 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/03/episode-516-3-16-20-spring-serenade.html, features various water-related sounds that are occurring–or will be soon–as spring arrives in Virginia on March 19.  Along with the sounds, the episode includes music by Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand.  This episode is a second edition of an episode done in March 2014.

516 Image 2 swallowsBank Swallows (lower birds) with Violet-green Swallows (upper birds) image from a painting originally published between 1827 and 1838 by John James Audubon in Birds of America (plate 385).  Bank Swallows are a spring/summer inhabitant of streambanks and riverbanks in various parts of Virginia.  Image made available for public use by the Audubon Society, online at https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america; specific URL for this image is https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america/bank-swallow-and-violet-green-swallow#, as of March 16, 2020.

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 3-9-20: Spotlight on the Coastal Plains Leopard Frog, Formerly the Southern Leopard Frog

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of March 9, 2020, is “The Coastal Plains Leopard Frog Calls from Many Southern Water Spots.”  The 3 min./50 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/03/episode-515-3-9-20-coastal-plains.html, focuses on a widely distributed, early breeding amphibian known until recent years by a different common name.

515 Image 1 Frog photo InaturalistCoastal Plains Leopard Frog, photographed at Assateague Island National Seashore in Virginia, April 7, 2019.  Photo by Joe Schell, made available on iNaturalist at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22151626 (as of 3-8-20) for use under Creative Commons license “Attribtution-NonCommercial 4.0.”  Information about this Creative Commons license is available online at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

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!