Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Feb. 9-22, 2017

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

2/9/17, 11 a.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation.  At the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400 (Villa Park 3) in Henrico.

2/9/17, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Regulatory Review Committee-Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

2/15/17, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

2/15/17, 11:30 a.m.; and 2/16/17, 8 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Land Surveyors Exam Workshops.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

2/17/17, 10:30 a.m.: Litter Control and Recycling Fund Advisory Board.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).

2/21/17, 4 p.m.: Marine Resource Commission’s Crab Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

2/22/17, 11:30 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees Working Group (discussing the Foundation’s grant manual and scoring).  At the Department of Conservation and Recreation Main Office, 600 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?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; as of 2017, archived files of the House floor sessions are also available at that site, along with a search function for specific bills or members.  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. (sometimes 9 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.  In 2017, live-streaming of committee meetings is being made available by Progress Virginia through its “Eyes on Richmond” Web site, online at http://104.236.84.169/.

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.

Relevant subcommittee meetings for this period:

2/9/17, 4 p.m., and 2/16/17, 4 p.m: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee/Chesapeake Subcommittee.  5th Floor East Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

2/15/17, 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.

Natural resource-related caucus meetings for this period:

2/9/17, 7 a.m., and 2/16/17, 7 a.m.: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.  6th Floor Speaker’s Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

2/13/17, 4:30 p.m.: Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus.  4th Floor West Conference Room, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

2/16/17, 8 a.m.: Outdoor Recreation Caucus.  3rd Floor East 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.

None during this period.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture/Forestry
2/13/17, 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.

Energy – Coal Ash Management
2/15/17, 7 p.m., : Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing 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, “the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will convene a public hearing on a draft permit from DEQ to address closure of a coal combustion residual (CCR) surface impoundment, Ash Pond 1, at the Appalachian Power Company Clinch River Facility in Carbo, Russell County, Virginia.  The proposed permit addresses requirements from the EPA Final Rule on the Disposal of CCR and Virginia Solid Waste Management Regulations.  This proposed permit also includes post-closure care, groundwater monitoring, and surface water monitoring requirements.  Additional information on the draft permit is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/PermittingCompliance/SolidWastePermitActions.aspx.”

2/16/17, 7 p.m.:  Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing concerning the solid-waste permitting processes associated with the closure of the Dominion Virginia Power—Possum Point Power Station coal ash ponds.  At Potomac Senior High School, 3401 Panther Pride Drive in Dumfries (Prince William County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will convene a public hearing on a draft permit from DEQ to address closure of the of the coal combustion residual (CCR) surface impoundments, at the Possum Point Power Station in Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia.  This proposed permit was prepared in accordance with and includes requirements of the EPA Final Rule on the Disposal of CCR (EPA CCR Rule) and the Virginia Solid Waste Management Regulations, which incorporate the EPA CCR Rule.  The proposed closure includes closure in place of Surface Impoundment Pond D with installation of a final cover system and closure by removal of Surface Impoundment Ponds A, B, C and E.  This proposed permit also includes EPA CCR Rule requirements, post-closure care requirements for Surface Impoundment Pond D as well as groundwater monitoring and surface water monitoring at the facility.”   Additional information on the draft permit is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/PermittingCompliance/SolidWastePermitActions.aspx.”

More information on coal ash management in Virginia is available from the DEQ online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalInformation/CoalAshPermits.aspx.  For more information coal ash closure in Virginia, please see this News Grouper post: Closure of Coal Ash Ponds at Dominion and APCO Power Stations in Virginia.

Wastewater Regulation
2/9/17, 2 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on reissuance and possible amendments to the general Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit for Vehicle Wash Facilities and Laundry Facilities.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-194.  The proposed amendments are published in the January 9, 2017, issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations.  The public comment period runs 1/9/17 to 3/10/17.  More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1897.

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