Virginia Water Monitoring Council Announcements for Jan. 7, 2016 – Job Opportunities, EPA Sediment Modeling Seminar, Va. Forest Landowner Education Events, Bacteria Monitoring, Stormwater Training, and More

The Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) is able to provide these announcements and others because of grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizen Monitoring Grant Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Virginia Department of Health.  Thanks those sponsors.  Feel free to forward these announcements.  When forwarding, please acknowledge the VWMC. If you have a water-related announcement of regional or statewide interest, send it to vwmc@vt.edu and ask that it be distributed to the VWMC membership.

Announcements Headlines (details follow below)

1.) 2015 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference Presentations Slides

2.) Job Opportunities

3.) EPA Webinar: Sediment Modeling – Part 1 — January 12, 2016

4.) Website: Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (VFLEP)

   ++ 24th Annual Forest Health Conference — January 25-26, 2016

   ++ 12th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference – February 20, 2016

   ++ Virginia Forestry Summit — April 20-22, 2016

   ++ 2016 Landowner Weekend Retreats – Various dates and locations.

5.) Requests for Applications (RFA): Federal Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant — Webinar: January 27, 2016; RFA Deadline: Rolling Acceptance through August 31, 2016

6.) Call for Abstracts: 2016 International Low Impact Development Conference – Abstracts due: February 12, 2015; Conference: August 29-31, 2016

7.) Volunteer Monitors Needed: Bacteria Monitoring Program – Training Workshops: January 23-25, 2016

8.) Stormwater Management Training for Virginia Contractors and Operators

9.) Public Comment Period Extended: Notice for Information on Forest Road Stormwater Discharges – New deadline: February 12, 2016

10.) Save the Date: Workshop — Using EPA-SWMM to Model Green Infrastructure for Effective Design — March 7-8, 2016

11.) Stormwater Seminar: Stormwater BMPs, LID and Green Infrastructure — April 15, 2016

12.) EPA Webpage: NPDES Stormwater Proposed MS4 General Permit Remand Rule http://www.epa.gov/npdes/npdes-stormwater-proposed-ms4-general-permit-remand-rule

Announcements Details

1.) 2015 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference Presentations Slides – The presentation slides from the 2015 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference held on November 19, 2015 in Henrico, VA are posted online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/conference/. The Conference was organized by the VWMC, Clean Virginia Waterways, Longwood University, Henrico County, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, and Virginia Tech.

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2.) Job Opportunities:

++ Volunteer Coordinator, Virginia Master Naturalist Program/Virginia Tech (Posting Number: SW0150835) – Reviews Begin: January 4, 2016 — http://listings.jobs.vt.edu:80/postings/62546

++ Project Manager/Engineer, Park Development Division of Montgomery County Department of Parks (14463, Grade I/H) – Applications due: January 16, 2016 — Silver Spring, MD –http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mncppc/default.cfm?&promotionaljobs=0&transfer=0 (search “engineering”)

++ Policy Director, Potomac Conservancy – Applications due: January 22, 2016 – Silver Spring, Maryland — http://www.chesapeakenetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/policy-director-posting.pdf

++ Water Resources Specialist, Brown and Caldwell – Applications due: January 22, 2016 — Beltsville, MD — http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=BROWNCALDWELL&cws=1&rid=2313

++ Water Resources Engineer (mid-level), Brown and Caldwell – Applications due: February 2, 2016 — Virginia Beach, Virginia — http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=BROWNCALDWELL&cws=1&rid=2309

++ Managing Engineer-Stormwater Leader, Brown and Caldwell — Beltsville, Maryland; Virginia Beach, Virginia

http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=BROWNCALDWELL&cws=1&rid=2108

++ Summer Internship, Horn Point Lab Oyster Hatchery/University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point LaboratoryApplications due: February 12, 2016http://hatchery.hpl.umces.edu/outreach/internship-application/

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3.) EPA Webinar: Sediment Modeling – Part 1January 12, 2016 (1 p.m.). This webinar will describe processes and models that address erosion and sedimentation issues at field, channel, and watershed scales. Registration is free but is required.  Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1737670746697429505 to register. Organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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4.) Website: Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (VFLEP)https://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/index.html — This site offers science-based educational opportunities for new and experienced forest landowners. VFLEP also offers continuing education opportunities for natural resource and real estate professionals.  The Landowner Update page (https://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/newsletter/current/index.html) includes the January 2016 E-newsletter and Winter 2016 Update. Upcoming Programs are highlighted in the right-hand margin:

   ++ 24th Annual Forest Health Conference — January 25-26, 2016 – Blacksburg, VA

   ++ 12th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference – February 20, 2016 – Culpeper, VA

   ++ Virginia Forestry Summit — April 20-22, 2016 — Virginia Beach, VA

   ++ 2016 Landowner Weekend Retreats – Various dates and locations.

The Virginia Forest Landowner Education program is a Virginia Cooperative Extension Program.

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5.) Requests for Applications (RFA): Federal Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant — Webinar: January 27, 2016 (10am-12pm); RFA Deadline: Rolling Acceptance through August 31, 2016 — The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is making approximately $2 million in Federal Section 319(h) grant funding available to establish TMDL implementation projects that could start between July 1, 2016 and October 1, 2017, as resources become available. Funding is available for three categories of projects: (1) Start-Up Projects, (2) New Implementation Projects, and (3) Continuing Implementation Projects. To learn more see the DEQ website at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance/NonpointSourceFunding.aspx and attend the webinar.  Register for the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/335231570953427202. For more information, contact npsgrants@deq.virginia.gov.

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6.) Call for Abstracts: 2016 International Low Impact Development Conference – Abstracts due: February 12, 2015; Conference: August 29-31, 2016 — Portland, ME — This conference provides a national forum to present the latest developments, technologies, and case studies related to LID and green infrastructure technology. For more information on how to submit an abstract, see http://www.lidconference.org/call-for-abstracts/. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – EWRI Urban Water Resources Research Council.

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7.) Volunteer Monitors Needed: Bacteria Monitoring Program – One-day Training Workshops: January 23-25, 2016 – Charlottesville, VA — No prior experience necessary.  Full training will be provided. For more information or to sign up for a workshop, visit http://rivannariver.org/volunteer-training or contact Anne Dunckel at 434-249-5306 or anne@streamwatch.org. Organized by the Rivanna Conservation Alliance (formerly StreamWatch).

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8.) Stormwater Management Training for Virginia Contractors and Operators This course is for individuals responsible for conducting SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan) inspections in compliance with the Virginia Construction General Permit.

++ February 4, 2016 – Richmond, VA

++ April 13, 2016 – Fairfax, VA

++ June 14, 2016 – Daleville, VA

++ August 3, 2016 – Virginia Beach, VA

++ September 8, 2016 – Richmond, VA

++ October 12, 2016 – Fairfax, VA

Cost is $75. Register Online: https://covkc.virginia.gov/deq/external.  For more information, see http://www.deq.virginia.gov/connectwithdeq/trainingcertification.aspx or email certification@deq.virginia.gov. To view materials and see available schedules, visit Stormwater Management for Contractors and Operators

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9.) Public Comment Period Extended: Notice for Information on Forest Road Stormwater Discharges – New deadline: February 12, 2016 — EPA is seeking additional information on the effectiveness of existing regulatory and non-regulatory programs to address water quality impacts associated with stormwater discharges from forest roads. After considering comments and information received, EPA will publish an additional notice by May 26, 2016 with its determination as to whether stormwater discharges from forest roads are required to be regulated under the Clean Water Act. To learn more, see http://www.epa.gov/npdes/forest-roads. Submit comments (Identify by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0668) to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

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10.) Save the Date: Workshop — Using EPA-SWMM to Model Green Infrastructure for Effective Design — March 7-8, 2016 – Virginia Dept. of Forestry (Training Room), Charlottesville, VA — Day 1: Introduction; Day 2: Intermediate applications in design — Registration will open soon. Seats are limited to 30 per workshop event. For more information, contact David Sample at dsample@vt.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Watershed Studies at Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the American Society of Civil Engineers-VA Section.

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11.) Stormwater Seminar: Stormwater BMPs, LID and Green Infrastructure — April 15, 2016 — Atlanta, Georgia — This seminar will focus on the selection of BMPs, LID and Green Infrastructure practices, including: BMP/LID types; monitoring; pollutant removal calculations; maintenance; and, selection criteria. Case studies from both small and large jurisdictions will be presented. For more information, see http://www.seswa.org/seminars or call 866-367-7379. Organized by the Southeast Stormwater Association.

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12.) EPA Webpage: NPDES Stormwater Proposed MS4 General Permit Remand Rulehttp://www.epa.gov/npdes/npdes-stormwater-proposed-ms4-general-permit-remand-rule — Includes documents associated with the proposed MS4 general permit remand rule: Proposed MS4 General Permit Remand Rule; Strikeout Version of Rule Changes for Option 1; and Compendium of MS4 General Permit Examples.

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