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 events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.
REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
12/13/18, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board. At the Pocahontas Building, First Floor House Committee Room, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.
12/17/18, 10:30 a.m.: Waste Management Board. At the Pocahontas Building, First Floor House Committee Room, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.
12/19/18, 10 a.m. (new date of postponed 12/10/18 meeting): Air Pollution Control Board. At the Pocahontas Building, First Floor House Committee Room, 900 East Main Street in 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?181+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.
12/17/18, 1 p.m.: House and Senate Commerce and Labor Committees’ Coal Ash Subcommittee. In House Room 3 of the Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.
1/9/19: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond. Current status is available online at this link. The 2019 General Assembly convenes on January 9 and is scheduled for 30 days; this is a so-called “short session,” which is held in all odd-numbered years. The reconvened (“veto”) session will be held in April. 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. As of 2018, live streaming of committee meetings is available. Information on live streaming of House committee meetings is online at https://publications.virginiageneralassembly.gov/display_publication/209; for Senate committee meetings, online at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.
Two committees that receive many (but not all) of the water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., in House Room 3 of the Capitol, 1000 Bank Street; 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 Senate Room A of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond. Information about all standing committees as of the 2019 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/191/com/COM.HTM.
To express an opinion on legislation, citizens are requested to contact their respective delegate of senator. If you do not know your representatives or their contact information, you can use the online “Who’s My Legislator” service, available at http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.
You can find members’ contact information at these links:
House of Delegates, at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php;
State Senate, at https://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/.
The Lobbyist-In-A-Box subscriber service also offers free tracking for up to five bills, and it offers tracking of more than five bills for a fee; visit http://lis.virginia.gov/h015.htm. For assistance, phone Legislative Automated Systems at (804) 786-9631.
The organization Open Virginia’s Richmond Sunlight Web site, at https://www.richmondsunlight.com/, also offers tools for following the General Assembly and for learning about Virginia law.
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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.
12/13/18, 2:30 p.m.: Stakeholder meeting for the Northern Neck Planning District Commission (PDC) on Phase III of the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (which was published in December 2010). At the PDC office, 483 Main Street in Warsaw (Richmond County). The Northern Neck PDC covers the counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland.
12/19/18, 3 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in North Fork Catoctin Creek, located in the Potomac River basin in Loudoun County. At the Purcellville Library, 220 East Main Street in Purcellville.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
12/14/18, 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. On 12/17/18, 9:30 a.m., the Stream Protection Subcommittee meets at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Regional Office, 12 Sunset Boulevard in Staunton. On 12/17/18, 10 a.m., the Animal Waste Subcommittee meets at the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, #B, in Harrisonburg. On 12/17/18, 12:30 p.m., the Programmatic Subcommittee meets at the Virginia Farm Bureau, 13438 James Madison Highway in Orange (Orange County). On 12/20/18, 9 a.m., the Nutrient Management Subcommittee meets at the Louisa County Farm Bureau Office, 407A East Main Street in Louisa.
12/18/18, 10 a.m.: Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond. This Advisory Council was established by then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe in October 2017. More information on the Council is available online at https://www.naturalresources.virginia.gov/initiatives/environmental-justice/.
Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
12/18/18, 10:30 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal conference on the new permit application for the Black Diamond Company, application 1010444. At the Hurley Community Center, 1006 Da Justus Road in Hurley (Buchanan County). The proposed permit area is located 5 miles Northeast of Hurley off Route 643 in Buchanan County, in the Tug Fork/Big Sandy River watershed.