Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Feb. 16-Mar. 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

2/16/17, 8 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Land Surveyors Exam Workshop.  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.

2/23/17, 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.

2/24/17, 1 p.m.: Waste Management Board.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/25/17, 11 a.m.: Cave Board.  At Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland County.

2/27/17, 6 p.m.: Marine Resource Commission’s Fisheries Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

2/28/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

2/28/17, 2 p.m.: Marine Products Board.  At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Watermen’s Hall 1208 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).

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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:

None scheduled.

Natural resource-related caucus meetings for this period:

2/16/17, 7 a.m.; and 2/23/17, 7 a.m.: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.  6th Floor Speaker’s 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.

2/20/17, 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.

2/16/17, 10 a.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 Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, 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 WIP and timelines. This event will be focused on staff of local governments and of soil and water conservation districts.  Another such outreach meeting will be held 2/21/17, 1 p.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge; this meeting is especially for elected officials.

2/23/17, 2 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 the Rockbridge Regional Library, 138 South Main Street in Lexington.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Energy – Climate Change
2/28/17, 1 p.m.: Executive Order 57 Working Group.  At 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.  This group, established by an executive order issued by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on June 28, 2016, is 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 – Coal Ash Management
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.

Fort Monroe
2/16/17, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees.  At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.  In 2011, the Virginia General Assembly (Senate Bill 1400) established the Fort Monroe Authority to manage the historic areas of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort—at the confluence of Hampton Roads with the Chesapeake Bay—after the federal government closed its military facilities there.  Fort Monroe had been a U.S. military base since 1836.  In 2011, the area was designated as Fort Monroe National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm).  More information about Fort Monroe and the Authority is available online at http://www.fmauthority.com/.

Land and Watershed Management
2/23/17, 10 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Conservation Planning Stakeholder Advisory Group.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[o]n December 7, 2016, the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board authorized the Department [of Conservation and Recreation] to establish a stakeholder advisory group (SAG) for the Conservation Plan Program.  The SAG will provide guidance and offer recommendations into the resources to be considered, components of a plan, training and certification requirements, and other policy and Program considerations.”

Scenic Rivers
2/16/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At James River Park Headquarters, 4301 Riverside Drive in Richmond.

Stormwater
2/24/17, 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.

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