Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Jan. 18-Feb. 1, 2017; Including 2017 Virginia General Assembly Information

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

1/18/17, 3 p.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals/Education and Training Committee.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  The full board meets 1/19/17, 9 a.m., at the same location.

1/24/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

1/26/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee.  At Sydnor Hydro, 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.

1/27/17, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation.  At 600 East Main Street in Richmond.

1/30/17, 11 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive 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?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.

1/11/17—2/25/17, Richmond: Virginia General Assembly.  The 2017 General Assembly convenes on January 11 and is scheduled for 46 days; this is a so-called “short session,” which is held in all odd-numbered years.  (Sixty-day “long sessions” are scheduled for each even-numbered year.)  The reconvened (“veto”) session is scheduled for April 5.  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 main Web page is http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php; at that site, click on the “Members and Sessions” for session calendars.  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.

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.  Information about all standing committees—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/151/com/COM.HTM.  Two committees that receive many water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., in House Room C of the General Assembly Building; 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 B of the General Assembly Building.  The General Assembly Building is located at 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

The main committees involved in the budget process are the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.  The House Appropriations Committee meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1/2 hour after adjournment, in the 9th Floor Appropriations Room of the General Assembly Building.  The Senate Finance Committee meets Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m., in Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building.

Other relevant committee meetings for this period:

1/23/17, 10 a.m.: House Science and Technology Committee.  House Room C, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

Relevant subcommittee meetings for this period:

1/18/17, immediately after adjournment of House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee (ACNR), which meets this week at 9 a.m.: ACNR’s Chesapeake Subcommittee.  House Room C, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/18/17, 3 p.m.: House Appropriations Committee/Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  9th Floor Appropriations Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/18/17, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Natural Resources Subcommittee.  8th Floor West Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/19/17, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Chesapeake Subcommittee.  5th Floor East Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/25/17, 3 p.m.: House Appropriations Committee/Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  9th Floor Appropriations Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/25/17, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Natural Resources Subcommittee.  8th Floor West Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/26/17, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Chesapeake Subcommittee.  5th Floor East Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/31/17, 7:30 a.m.: Senate Finance Committee/Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  10th Floor Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

Natural resource-related caucus meetings for this period:

1/19/17, 7 a.m.: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.  6th Floor Speaker’s Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/23/17, 4:30 p.m.: Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus.  4th Floor West Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/23/17, 8 a.m.: Bio Science Caucus.  4th Floor West Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/26/17, 7 a.m.: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.  6th Floor Speaker’s Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

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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.

1/19/17, 1:30 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.

1/19/17, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in several tributaries to the Kerr Reservoir (Allen Creek, unnamed tributary to Allen Creek, Bluestone Creek, Little Bluestone Creek, Cotton Creek, Kettles Creek, Layton Creek, Lizard Creek, Smith Creek), located in the Roanoke (Staunton) River watershed in Brunswick, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg counties.  At Council Chambers, 461 Madison Street in Boydton (Mecklenburg County).

1/30/17, 10 a.m., and 1/30/17, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) outreach meetings on Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, published in December 2010.  At the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge (Prince William County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for these meetings, “the DEQ will be conducting outreach sessions regarding the next phase of Virginia’s efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.  At [these] sessions, information will be provided on the status of on-going efforts to clean up the Bay, improvements in Bay water quality, expectations and roles for the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan, and timelines.” The 10 a.m. meeting will have information for localities that administer municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) and the 1 p.m. meeting will have information for localities that do not administer MS4s.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
1/26/17, 6 p.m.: On the permit-modification application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., to land-apply biosolids to 2455 acres in Fauquier County.  At the John Barton Payne Community Room, 2 Courthouse Square in Warrenton.

Energy – Coal Ash Management
1/25/17, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) informational meeting concerning the solid-waste permitting processes associated with the closure of the AEP/Appalachian Power Company—Clinch River Power Station coal ash ponds.  At the Russell County Conference Center, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “an Information Session will be held to discuss the solid waste permitting process associated with the closure of the Appalachian Power Company coal combustion residuals (CCR) surface impoundment at the Clinch River Power Station in Carbo, Virginia, pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final rule that regulates the disposal of CCR.  DEQ staff will be available to answer questions during the information session associated with the closure of a surface impoundment, Ash Pond 1, at the Clinch River Power Station pursuant to a U.S. EPA final rule that regulates the disposal of CCR.  This meeting is not part of the required public participation process for the solid waste permitting actions associated with the closure.  This meeting is intended to supplement those processes and allow the public an opportunity to ask DEQ questions. Questions and comments made during this information session will not be part of the official public comment record.”

1/26/17, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) informational meeting concerning the solid-waste permitting processes associated with the closure of the Dominion Virginia Power—Possum Point Power Station coal ash ponds in Prince William County.  At Potomac Senior High School, 3401 Panther Pride Drive in Dumfries.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “DEQ staff will be available to answer questions during an information session concerning the solid waste permitting process associated with the closure of the CCR [coal-combustion residuals] surface impoundments at Dominion Virginia Power–Possum Point Power Station pursuant to a U.S. EPA final rule that regulates the disposal of CCR and the Virginia Solid Waste Management Regulations.  This meeting is not part of the required public participation process for the solid waste permitting action.  This meeting is intended to supplement that process and allow the public an opportunity to ask DEQ questions.  Questions and comments made during this information session will not be part of the official public comment record.”

Ports
1/23/17, 2 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Growth and Operations Committee.  At 3:45 p.m. on the same day: Finance and Audit Committee.  At 5 p.m. the same day: Executive Committee.  On 1/24/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners.  All at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Scenic Rivers
1/19/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At City Hall in Richmond.

Stormwater
1/20/17, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on the general permit for stormwater discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  This technical advisory committee was established to assist in the development of amendments and the reissuance of the General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (VPDES) Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  The pertinent part of the Virginia Administrative Code is Section 9 VAC 25-890 (formerly Part XV, Sect. 4 VAC 50-60).  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on July 11, 2016.  More information about this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2870.  The DEQ’s Web site for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending January 16, 2017

Below are images showing precipitation in Virginia and other areas of the southeastern United States, and stream flow in Virginia, over the seven-day period ending January 16, 2017 (information available as of January 17).  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-smth-river-below-philpott-dam-jan16-2017-closeJanuary 2017 Gaging Station of the Month:  Smith River just below Philpott Reservoir dam on the Franklin County/Henry County line, January 16, 2017.

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 January 16, 2017.  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.  As of that date, these data were provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).

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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 map of the continental U.S., 7-day observed precipitation (in inches) as of 7 a.m. EST on 1/17/17.  Please note that UTC, the time shown on the maps at the site, is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

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Stream Flow

Seven-day-average Virginia stream flows at different gaging stations as of December 19 are indicated in the map below, from the U.S. Geological Survey 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.

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stream codes

On Virginia Water Radio for 1-16-17: Rivers and Human Connections

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of January 16, 2017, is “Rivers and Human Connections in ‘Best Friends’ by Bob Gramann.”   The 3 min./46 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2017/01/episode-351-1-16-17-rivers-and-human.html, revises a July 2012 episode featuring a song by Fredericksburg, Va., musician Bob Gramann that uses water imagery to reflect on human connections.

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!

Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference to be Held Sep. 20-22, 2017, in Baltimore

The 2017 version of the Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference will be held September 20-22, 2017, in Baltimore, Md.  The conference is being organized by the Resource Institute, Inc. (of Winston-Salem, N.C.; online at http://www.resourceinstituteinc.org/) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This year’s theme is “Building a Better Bridge between Science and Practice.”

January 31 is the deadline to submit an abstract for proposed presentations at the conference.

For more information, visit http://midatlanticstream.org/http://midatlanticstream.org/; or contact Paula Worden, (304) 703-4879,  e-mail: masrc11@gmail.com.

State of Chesapeake Bay Report for 2016 Conditions Released 1/5/17 by Chesapeake Bay Foundation

On January 5, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released its annual “State of the Bay Report,” for conditions in 2016, the Foundation’s first such report since 2014.  For 2016, CBF gave the Bay an overall index score of 34, which the organization rates as a “C-.”

In each report, CBF rates 13 biological and chemical measurements from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating better conditions and 100 intended to represent conditions as described by European settler Captain John Smith in the early 1600s.  The report then averages the scores to give an overall Bay score.

The overall score of 34 for 2016 was a two-point increase over the 2014 score and a six-point increase since 2008.  The overall increase in 2016 was due to increased scores for nine of the 13 indicators, including an increase the Blue Crab populations score from 45 to 55 and an increase in the dissolved oxygen score from 19 to 25.  Despite the increases, however, the ratings for the following measures continue to be considered by CBF as poor (getting a “grade” of D or below): nitrogen, oysters, phosphorus, resource lands, shad, submerged aquatic vegetation (“underwater grasses”), toxics, and water clarity.  The scores for Blue Crabs, forested buffers, Rockfish (Striped Bass), and wetlands were all considered fair or better.

The table below compares scores for 2016 and several previous five reports.  The CBF report (see p. 9) asserts that the 2016 overall average score of 34 represents an “improving” but “far from saved” Bay; CBF’s “About the State of the Bay Report” Web page characterizes a score of 70 as “saved,” and the organization sets that score as an “achievable” goal by 2050.

The 2016 “State of the Bay” report is available online at http://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/state-of-the-bay-report-2016; or contact CBF’s Virginia office at (804) 780-1392.

For a previous News Grouper post on the annual CBF reports, please see the following link: Report for 2012 (posted 1/3/13).

Additional Sources (besides the report):
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Blueprint Progress Drives Improved Bay Health; CBF State of the Bay Score Up Two Points, News Release, 1/5/17; and “About CBF’s State of the Bay  Report,” online at http://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/state-of-the-bay-report-2016/about-the-sotb.

Here are several news accounts on the report for 2016:
Chesapeake Bay: Still Troubled but Improving, Bacon’s Rebellion, 1/5/17.
Bay foundation gives Chesapeake health a C-minus, its highest mark since 1998, Baltimore Sun/Capital Gazette, 1/5/17.
Chesapeake Bay health scores C- in new report, [Newport News] Daily Press, 1/5/17.
Report: Chesapeake Bay’s health is improving, but work remains, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/5/17.

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016
Blue Crabs 38 38 36 35 50 55 45 55
Dissolved Oxygen 12 16 16 14 19 25 37 40
Forested Buffers 55 56 56 56 58 58 58 57
Nitrogen 13 17 17 17 16 16 16 17
Oysters 3 4 4 4 5 6 8 10
Phosphorus 20 29 23 23 23 27 25 28
Resource Lands 29 29 29 30 31 32 32 32
Rockfish (Striped Bass) 71 71 71 70 69 69 64 66
Shad 12 10 10 9 9 9 9 11
Underwater Grasses (submerged aquatic vegetation) 20 18 18 20 22 20 22 24
Toxics 27 27 27 27 28 28 28 28
Water Clarity 15 15 14 14 16 16 18 20
Wetlands 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42
AVERAGE 27 29 28 28 31 32 32 34

 

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Jan. 12-25, 2017, Including 2017 Virginia General Assembly Information

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

1/12/17, 1 p.m.: Board of Forestry.  At 12580 West Creek Parkway in Richmond.

1/17/17, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

1/18/17, 3 p.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals/Education and Training Committee.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  The full board meets 1/19/17, 9 a.m., at the same location.

1/19/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee.  At Sydnor Hydro
2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.

1/24/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

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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.

1/11/17—2/25/17, Richmond: Virginia General Assembly.  The 2017 General Assembly convenes on January 11 and is scheduled for 46 days; this is a so-called “short session,” which is held in all odd-numbered years.  (Sixty-day “long sessions” are scheduled for each even-numbered year.)  The reconvened (“veto”) session is scheduled for April 5.  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 main Web page is http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php; at that site, click on the “Members and Sessions” for session calendars.  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.

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.  Information about all standing committees—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/151/com/COM.HTM.  Two committees that receive many water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., in House Room C of the General Assembly Building; 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 B of the General Assembly Building.  The General Assembly Building is located at 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

The main committees involved in the budget process are the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.  The House Appropriations Committee meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1/2 hour after adjournment, in the 9th Floor Appropriations Room of the General Assembly Building.  The Senate Finance Committee meets Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m., in Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building.

Other relevant committee meetings for this period:

1/16/17, 10 a.m.: House Science and Technology Committee.  House Room C, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

Relevant subcommittee meetings for this period:

1/16/17, 4:30 p.m.; 1/18/17, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Natural Resources Subcommittee.  87h Floor West Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/18/17, 3 p.m.: House Appropriations Committee/Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources Subcommittee.  9th Floor Appropriations Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/19/17, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Chesapeake Subcommittee.  5th Floor East Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

Natural resource-related caucus meetings for this period:

1/12/17, 7 a.m.; 1/19/17, 7 a.m.: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.  6th Floor Speaker’s Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

1/16/17, 4:30 p.m.: Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus.  4th Floor West Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

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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.

1/12/17, 3 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial and aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Woods Creek, located in the Maury River/James River basin in Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington.  At Washington and Lee University’s Meeting Room (the old Lexington courthouse), 2 South Main Street in Lexington.

1/19/17, 1:30 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.

1/19/17, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in several tributaries to the Kerr Reservoir (Allen Creek, unnamed tributary to Allen Creek, Bluestone Creek, Little Bluestone Creek, Cotton Creek, Kettles Creek, Layton Creek, Lizard Creek, Smith Creek), located in the Roanoke (Staunton) River watershed in Brunswick, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg counties.  At Council Chambers, 461 Madison Street in Boydton (Mecklenburg County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture/Forestry
1/12/17, 10 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) Engineering Workgroup.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

1/17/17, 9:30 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

Energy – Coal Ash Management
1/25/17, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) informational meeting concerning the solid-waste permitting processes associated with the closure of the AEP/Appalachian Power Company—Clinch River Power Station coal ash ponds.  At the Russell County Conference Center, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “an Information Session will be held to discuss the solid waste permitting process associated with the closure of the Appalachian Power Company coal combustion residuals (CCR) surface impoundment at the Clinch River Power Station in Carbo, Virginia, pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final rule that regulates the disposal of CCR.  DEQ staff will be available to answer questions during the information session associated with the closure of a surface impoundment, Ash Pond 1, at the Clinch River Power Station pursuant to a U.S. EPA final rule that regulates the disposal of CCR.  This meeting is not part of the required public participation process for the solid waste permitting actions associated with the closure.  This meeting is intended to supplement those processes and allow the public an opportunity to ask DEQ questions. Questions and comments made during this information session will not be part of the official public comment record.”

Ports
1/23/17, 2 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Growth and Operations Committee.  At 3:45 p.m. on the same day: Finance and Audit Committee.  At 5 p.m. the same day: Executive Committee.  On 1/24/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners.  All at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Stormwater
1/20/17, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on the general permit for stormwater discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  This technical advisory committee was established to assist in the development of amendments and the reissuance of the General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (VPDES) Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  The pertinent part of the Virginia Administrative Code is Section 9 VAC 25-890 (formerly Part XV, Sect. 4 VAC 50-60).  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on July 11, 2016.  More information about this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2870.  The DEQ’s Web site for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Pitcher Plant Restoration in Virginia is Focus of Jan. 3, 2017, Article in Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

“In Caroline County, a fight to save the pitcher plant, a ‘keystone species,’” by J. Steven Moore, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 1/3/17, describes the work of the volunteer-run Meadowview Biological Research Station in Caroline County, Va., to restore native pitcher plants to their historic range in Virginia and Maryland.  Pitcher plants are carnivorous flowering plants found in bogs, a particular type of wetland.  They are considered a “keystone species” because they typically are found only in areas of good water quality.  According to the article, approximately 100 species of pitcher plants exist worldwide, with 11 species known in the United States.

The article is available online at http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/environment/in-caroline-county-a-fight-to-save-the-pitcher-plant/article_1c376550-5692-5f66-aaec-7fef35f5f679.html (as of 1/11/17), or contact the newspaper at 1340 Central Park Blvd, Suite 100, Fredericksburg, VA 22401; phone: (540) 374-5000; e-mail: newsroom@fredericksburg.com.

More information about two species of pitcher plants in Virginia is available from the Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora, online at http://vaplantatlas.org/.