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
9/23/16, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation. At Natural Bridge Hotel, 15 Appledore Lane in Natural Bridge (Rockbridge County).
9/27/16, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
9/29/16, 10 a.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees. At Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg. At 9:15 a.m. on the same day and at the same location, the Board will consider requests to the Preservation Trust Fund.
10/3/16, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects Regulatory Review Committee. 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?151+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.
9/29/16, 10 a.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 201 North Ninth 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.
9/27/16, 2 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for aquatic life (benthic) impairments in the Little Calfpasture River, located in the James River basin in Rockbridge County. At Rockbridge Baths Fire Hall, 5024 Maury River Road in Rockbridge Baths.
10/4/16, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of 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.
10/5/16, 6:30 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 Maury River Middle School, 600 Waddell Street in Lexington.
10/6/16, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Kits Creek (Meherrin River/Chowan River watershed) in Lunenburg County. At the Historic Courthouse, 11435 Courthouse Road in Lunenburg.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
10/4/16, 9:30 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Title V Fee Stakeholder Advisory Group. At the DEQ Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. Under Title V of the federal Clean Air Act, states charge Title V fees for operating permits required for major sources of air emissions. This group has been established to assist the DEQ in developing recommendations for adjusting the Title V program fee structure. More information on Title V permits is available from the U.S. EPA online at https://www.epa.gov/title-v-operating-permits; and from the Va. DEQ online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/FeesUndertheVAAirPollutionControlLaw.aspx.
Energy – Climate Change
10/6/16, 1 p.m.: Executive Order 57 Working Group. At 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond. This group was established by Executive Order 57, issued by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on June 28, 2016. The Executive Order calls for the group to evaluate options under existing authority for the Commonwealth to reduce carbon emissions from the energy sector. Executive Order 57 is available online at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=15762.
Energy – Fossil Fuels
10/3/16, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on the draft state major permit for Columbia Gas Transmission LLC’s Strasburg Compressor Station. At the Shenandoah County Government Center Board Room, 600 North Main Street in Woodstock. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, Columbia Gas has applied for a permit to construct three natural gas-fired turbines, and to modify one natural gas-fired turbine, at the Strasburg Compressor Station in Shenandoah County. The project will cause the facility to be classified as a major source of air pollution for nitrogen oxides (NOx), and carbon monoxide (CO). The public comment period runs 9/2/16 to 10/18/16.
Energy – Wind
9/29/16, 10 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority. At the State Capitol, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. Remote location: 1019 Haverhill-Ohio Furnace Road in Haverhill, Ohio; contact Brian Redmond, (713) 705-4591. According to the Authority’s Web site, http://wind.jmu.edu/offshore/vowda/index.html, the 2010 Virginia General Assembly (companion bills HB 389 and SB 577) created this Authority to “facilitate, coordinate, and support development of the offshore wind energy industry, offshore wind energy projects, and supply chain vendors….”
9/23/16, 9 a.m.: Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee/Work Group #3 on Future Permitting Criteria; and 9/23/16, 1 p.m.: Work Group # 4 on Funding. Both at the Department of Environmental Quality’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). The 2015 Virginia General Assembly passed HB 1924 and SB 1341, companion bills that established this Advisory Committee to assist the State Water Commission and the DEQ in developing, revising, and implementing a management strategy for groundwater in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area. The bills state that the Advisory Committee is to examine the following:
(i) options for developing long-term alternative water sources, including water reclamation and reuse, ground water recharge, desalination, and surface water options, including creation of storage reservoirs;
(ii) the interaction between the Department of Environmental Quality’s ground water management programs and local and regional water supply plans within the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area for purposes of determining water demand and possible solutions for meeting that demand;
(iii) potential funding options both for study and for implementation of management options;
(iv) alternative management structures, such as a water resource trading program, formation of a long-term ground water management committee, and formation of a commission;
(v) additional data needed to more fully assess aquifer health and sustainable ground water management strategies;
(vi) potential future ground water permitting criteria; and
(vii) other policies and procedures that the director of the [DEQ] determines may enhance the effectiveness of ground water management in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area.” The Committee is to provide its report by August 2017. More information about the Advisory Committee is available online at http://deq.state.va.us/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity.aspx; more information about groundwater management areas in Virginia is available online at http://www.deq.state.va.us/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/GroundwaterPermitting.aspx.
River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
9/29/16, 1 p.m. (PDF of agenda): Rappahannock River Basin Commission. At Stoneridge Events Center, 7373 Comfort Inn Drive in Warrenton (Fauquier County). The Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly (see Va. Code section 62.1-69.27 to “provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin.” More information on the work of the Commission is available online at http://rappriverbasin.org/.
9/29/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation public meeting on the update to the Belle Isle State Park Master Plan. At Belle Isle State Park Visitor Center, 1632 Belle Isle Road in Lancaster (Lancaster County).
10/6/16, 6 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation public meeting on the update to the Pocahontas State Park Master Plan. At Pocahontas State Park Heritage Center, 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).
9/29/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stormwater Stakeholder Advisory Group on Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Program fees. At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice about this meeting, “Item 8 of Chapters 68 and 758 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly directs DEQ to evaluate fees related to the consolidated Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Program (VESMP) in order to determine whether the program can be funded adequately under the current fee structure. The legislation [HB 1250 and SB 673] provided that Virginia Stormwater Management Program Authorities and Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program Authorities were to submit information to DEQ by August 1, 2016, and directed DEQ to conduct its evaluation based on revenues and resource needs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016. DEQ is convening a Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) to review the Department’s evaluation and consider the need to establish revised fees to fund the consolidated VESMP.” The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.
Virginia Outdoors Plan
9/26/16, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public meeting on the Virginia Outdoors Plan. At the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, 1100 Madison Street in Martinsville. Starting in August 2016, the DCR began a series of public meetings on the Outdoors Plan. The DCR is working with Virginia’s planning district commissions and regional councils to review outdoor recreation and land conservation initiatives related to the Outdoors Plan, which is a comprehensive blueprint for acquisition, development, and management of outdoor recreation and open space resources. The first plan was developed in 1966; the most recent update, the 11th, was done in 2013). More information on the Outdoors Plan is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/vop.shtml.
The DCR intends to hold public meetings in every region. Other upcoming meetings are the following (according to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall, as of 9/12/16):
9/27/16, 10 a.m., at New River Valley Regional Commission, 6580 Valley Center Drive in Radford.
9/27/16, 2:45 p.m., at Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, 224 Clydesway Drive, Lebanon (Russell County).
9/28/16, 10 a.m., at Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, 1021 Terrace Drive in Marion (Smyth County).
9/29/16, 9:30 a.m., at Lenowisco Planning District Commission, 372 Technology Trail Lane, Duffield (Scott County).
9/30/16, 10 a.m., at Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road in Lexington.
10/4/16, 10 a.m., at Southside Planning District Commission, 200 South Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill (Mecklenburg County).
10/6/16, 1 p.m., at Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond.
10/12/16, 12 p.m., at Crater Planning District Commission, 1964 Wakefield Street in Petersburg.
10/13/16, 2 p.m., at George Washington Regional Commission, 406 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.
10/18/16, 10 a.m., at Region 2000 Local Government Council, 828 Main Street in Lynchburg.
10/18/16, 3 p.m., at Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, 313 Luck Avenue, SW, in Roanoke.
10/25/16, 2 p.m., at Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library, 1303 West Third Street in Farmville (Prince Edward County).
10/26/16, 2 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 407 East Water Street in Charlottesville.
10/27/16, 10 a.m., at Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, 400-E Kendrick Lane in Front Royal (Warren County).
11/17/16, 10 a.m., at Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, 420 Southridge Parkway in Culpeper.
12/6/16, 10 a.m., at Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, 125 Bowden Street in Saluda (Middlesex County).
Previous meetings included the following:
8/30/16, 10 a.m., at the Northern Neck Enterprise Center, 483 Main Street in Warsaw (Richmond County).
9/6/16, 10:30 a.m., at Tabb Library 100 Long Green Boulevard in Yorktown (York County).
9/7/16, 10 a.m., at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 3040 Williams Drive in Fairfax.
9/8/16, 1:30 p.m., at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake.
10/6/16, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Private Well Regulations Workgroup. Location not yet determined, as of 9/23/16. The workgroup is advising the VDH on possible revisions to the regulations, located in the Virginia Administrative Code at 12 VAC 5-630-10 et seq.; the regulations are available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/000/reg/TOC12005.HTM#C0630.