Virginia Water Monitoring Council Announcements for Jan. 25, 2016 – Environment Virginia Awards Nominations; Living Shorelines Loan Program Meeting in February 2016; VPDES Permit for Vehicle Washes and Laundries; York River Research Symposium in March 2016; SE Stormwater Conference in October 2016; Visualize Your Water for High School Students Submissions Due March 1, 2016; Stormwater BMPS Seminar in April 2016; 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 the headlines list)

1.) 27th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium – Award Nominations due: February 15, 2016; Symposium: April 5-7, 2016

2.) Meeting/Comments Accepted: Draft Guidelines for New Living Shorelines Loan Program – Meeting: February 23, 2016; Comments due: February 29, 2016

3.) Comments Accepted: General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit for Vehicle Wash Facilities and Laundry Facilities – Comments due: February 24, 2016

4.) Call for Abstracts: York River Research Symposium – Submissions Due: February 26, 2016; Conference: March 30, 2016

5.) Call for Presentation Proposals: Southeast Stormwater Association’s 11th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference – Submissions due: February 26, 2016; Conference: October 19-21, 2016

6.) High School Student Challenge: Visualize Your Water – Submissions Due: March 1, 2016

7.) Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute: Regional Sessions

8.) Call for Articles: 12th Edition of “National Water Monitoring News” – Submissions Due: March 4, 2016

9.) Call for Proposals: Virginia Water Resources Research Center Student Research Competitive Grant – Proposals due: March 18, 2016

10.) Seminar: Stormwater BMPs, LID, and Green Infrastructure – April 15, 2016

11.) Chesapeake Bay Shellfish Aquaculture Portalhttp://ccrm.vims.edu/shellfish/

12.) Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Portal (CCRMP)http://ccrm.vims.edu/ccrmp/index.html

Announcements Details

1.) 27th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium – Award Nominations due: February 15, 2016; Symposium: April 5-7, 2016 – Lexington, VA – Theme: Virginia’s Environment: Change, Challenge, and Opportunity – The Eruchul Environmental Leadership Award will be presented at the conference to recognize a Virginian who has made significant individual efforts to better our environment. To see the full rules for the award and to submit a nominee, go to http://www.vmi.edu/content.aspx?tid=27299&id=4294973138&libID=4294973135. To learn more about the conference or to register online see http://www.vmi.edu/Conferences/EV/Environment_Virginia/. Organized by the Virginia Military Institute, Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Environmental Endowment, Department of Conservation and Recreation, and others.

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2.) Meeting/Comments Accepted: Proposed Guidelines for New Living Shorelines Loan Program — Meeting: February 23, 2016 (10 am) —  DEQ 2nd Floor Conference Room, Richmond, Va.; Comments due: February 29, 2016 – The VA General Assembly amended Chapter 22 of the Code of Virginia by adding §62.1-229.5. This expanded of the activities of the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan fund to allow the State Water Control Board to authorize low interest loans from the Fund for the purpose of establishing living shorelines. More information is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance/LivingShoreline.aspx or by contacting Walter Gills at walter.gills@deq.virginia.gov.

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3.) Comments Accepted: General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit for Vehicle Wash Facilities and Laundry Facilities – Comments due: February 24, 2016 – This comment period pertains to

9VAC25‑194, General Permit for Vehicle Wash Facilities and Laundry Facilities. More information is available at http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewStage.cfm?StageID=7428 or by contacting Elleanore Daub at elleanore.daub@deq.virginia.gov.

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4.) Call for Abstracts: York River Research Symposium – Submissions Due: February 26, 2016 (12:00 pm); Conference: March 30, 2016 – Gloucester Point, VA — Submissions may address research within the York River watershed (such as ecology, hydrology, resource management, species biology, etc.). This Research Symposium will host a multidisciplinary group of scientists, state and federal partners, resource managers, academicians, and land managers, who will gather to present their latest research, discuss current hot topics, and share new ideas. Guidelines for authors can be accessed through this website: http://www.vims.edu/cbnerr/coastal_training/upcoming_workshops/index.php. Contact Sandra Erdle at syerdle@vims.edu for more information. Organized by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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5.) Call for Presentation Proposals: Southeast Stormwater Association’s 11th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference – Submissions due: February 26, 2016 (5:00pm); Conference: October 19-21, 2016 – Birmingham, AL – This conference will explore stormwater innovations in the southeast. Presentation submittals should be on case studies, evolving policy and regulatory information, new practices or techniques, research projects, etc. Professionals from federal, state and local government, the consulting community, product manufacturers and academia are invited to present. For more information and to submit a proposal, go to https://seswa.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_210597. Contact SESWA@ksanet.net with questions.

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6.) High School Student Challenge: Visualize Your Water – Submissions Due: March 1, 2016 — High school students are challenged to use open government data sources to create compelling, innovative, and comprehensible visualizations that inform individuals and communities about nutrient pollution and inspire them to reduce nutrient levels that cause algal blooms and hypoxia in local watersheds. This challenge is offered by the Environmental Protection Agency in partnership with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Esri, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Minnesota Sea Grant, Wisconsin Sea Grant, Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL), Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), and the National Geographic Society, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  More information is available at https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/visualize-your-water/.

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7.) Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute: Regional Sessions For more information, or to apply to a session, visit http://vnrli.ien.virginia.edu/register-regional-session:

++ March 2-4, 2016 — Shenandoah Valley — Negotiation process preparation and practice, servant leadership, conventional and sustainable agriculture, water quality, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and corporate stewardship.

++ April 20-22, 2016 — Southwest Virginia — Public involvement, leadership without easy answers, rural economic development, the economics of extractive and renewable resources, coal mining reclamation, and the Clinch River regional collaboration.

++ June 8-10, 2016 – Charlottesville — The “Open Space” group process, personal leadership goals, the values and ethics of leaders, plus current topics of the VNRLI class’s choice

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8.) Call for Articles: 12th Edition of “National Water Monitoring News” – Submissions Due: March 4, 2016 — This electronic newsletter highlights recent activities of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council as well as state, regional, and tribal councils, watershed partnerships, and volunteer monitoring groups. Submit draft texts with any supporting figures and/or photos (with captions). Articles or announcements should highlight recent successes, projects, publications, tools, or findings of interest to this community or announce upcoming events that might be of interest. Visit the National Water Quality Monitoring Council website at http://acwi.gov/monitoring/newsletter/index.html for past newsletters and guidelines for contributors.

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9.) Call for Proposals: Virginia Water Resources Research Center Student Research Competitive Grant – Proposals due: March 18, 2016 (5 pm) – Funding for up to $5,000 for student research grants will be awarded. Proposals are considered in all areas of water resources. Review criteria include intellectual merit, innovation, likelihood of success, broader impacts on Virginians, and alignment with state or regional water resources challenges. To see the full proposal guidelines, go to http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/grant-opportunities/competitive-grants/. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin McGuire at kevin.mcguire@vt.edu or 540-231-6017.

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10.) Seminar: Stormwater BMPs, LID, and Green Infrastructure – April 15, 2016 – Atlanta, GA – This seminar will provide guidance on selecting BMPs, LID and Green Infrastructure practices.  It will cover BMP/LID Types, Monitoring, Pollutant Removal Calculations, Maintenance, and, Selection Criteria. Case studies from both small and large jurisdictions will be presented. Six hours of continuing education credits will be provided. See http://www.seswa.org/seminars for more information and to register. Call 866-367-7379 with questions. Organized by the Southeast Stormwater Association.

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11.) Chesapeake Bay Shellfish Aquaculture Portal — http://ccrm.vims.edu/shellfish/ — This portal is focused on shellfish aquaculture in Virginia (oysters, clams) and Maryland (oysters).  One of the featured tools is a new Chesapeake Bay Aquaculture Vulnerability Map Viewer.  The Aquaculture Vulnerability Model delineates where shellfish aquaculture is possible and practical based on physical and biological conditions plus policy, regulation, and land use practices. Developed by the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute for Marine Science with funding from Virginia Sea Grant.

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12.) Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Portal (CCRMP) — http://ccrm.vims.edu/ccrmp/index.htmlThis portal provides a gateway to resources, including comprehensive shoreline data, maps displaying shoreline and tidal marsh inventory data, plus shoreline management recommendations and decision support tools. A new portal (Stafford County CCRMP) is available, and existing CCRMPs have also been updated with new locality-specific Shoreline Management Plans (see James City County, Charles City County, Fairfax County, City of Suffolk, and York County). Contact karend@vims.edu for customized CCRMP orientation sessions for staff, Wetlands Boards, or others. Developed by the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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