Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for April 19-May 3, 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

4/19/17, 3 p.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals/Education and Training Committee.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  The full board meets 4/20/17, 9 a.m., at the same location.

4/20/17, 9:30 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board.  At Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Dominion Boulevard in Glen Allen (Henrico County).

4/25/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

4/26/17, 8:30 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s State Trails Advisory Committee.  At DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 Kingsmill Road in Williamsburg.

4/27/17, 9 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee.  At Sydnor Hydro, 2111 Magnolia 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.

None during this period.

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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.

5/1/17, 2 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Cunningham Creek and its tributaries plus bacterial impairment in Middle Ford Cunningham Creek, all located in the James River basin in Fluvanna County.  At the Fluvanna County Public Library, 214 Commons Boulevard in Palmyra.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Fort Monroe
4/19/17, 3:30 p.m., and 4/20/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Trustees.  At Bay Breeze Conference Center, 490 Fenwick Road in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).  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/.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
4/19/17, 9:30 a.m.: Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Fund Advisory Board.  At the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) Office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).  More information from the DMME on mined land reclamation is available online at https://www.dmme.virginia.gov/dmlr/dmlrlandingpage.shtml.

4/25/17, 6 p.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal conference on the CMSO/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) renewal permit application for A & G Coal Corporation.  At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).   The proposed permit area is located 0.25 miles west of Appalachia in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

Resource Management Mapping and Planning
4/27/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Board.  At 1751 Meadowville Lane in Chester (Chesterfield County).  VGIN was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1997 to help support the creation, development, and use of geographic information and related technology for state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, and other Commonwealth users of maps and geographic information.  It’s coordinated by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).  More information is available online at http://www.vita.virginia.gov/isp/default.aspx?id=8482.

Scenic Rivers
4/20/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At City Hall, 5th Floor, in Richmond.

Stormwater
4/26/17, 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.

Waste Management – Solid Waste
4/19/17, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a proposed revision to the Virginia’s Section 111(d) (of the federal Clean Air Act) implementation plan for air emissions from municipal solid waste landfills.  At the DEQ main office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.  According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for the April 19, meeting, the DEQ is seeking comment on the overall plan and on “whether any regulations or inventory information included in the plan should be submitted to [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] as part of the plan.”  The public comment period runs March 20 to May 1, 2017.  More information on this regulatory review is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=676.

Water Protection Permits
5/2/17, 6 p.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on the Virginia Water Protection Permit application and Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program Federal Consistency Response regarding the Legacy of Poquoson Project in Poquoson proposed by Big Woods Development Company, LLC.  At City Council Chambers, 500 City Hall Avenue in Poquoson.  According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[t]he permit [would] allow the applicant to fill 7.70 acres of non-tidal forested wetlands, 1.87 acres of isolated forested wetlands, 0.26 acres of non-tidal emergent wetlands, and 0.04 acres of open water.  The proposed activity would affect 9.87 acres of surface waters.  The activity proposed in the permit [would] affect wetlands surrounding Oxford Run in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  To compensate for the affected area, the applicant would purchase 9.9 wetland credits from the Middle Peninsula Environmental Bank in Gloucester County, and 9.5 wetland credits from the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund. DEQ’s preliminary decision is to approve the permit.  Regarding the Virginia CZM Program, the project qualifies for an individual permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Therefore, DEQ must review the project to determine if it is consistent with the enforceable policies of the Virginia CZM Program.” The public comment period run March 22 to May 17, 2017.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
4/25/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel on the James River Chlorophyll Study.  At the DEQ’s Piedmont Regional Office, Training Room, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The panel is assisting the DEQ on possible amendments to the existing chlorophyll-a criteria.  Part of the group’s work is to review the James River chlorophyll Science Advisory Panel’s information resulting from a five-year study.  The pertinent section in the Virginia Administrative Code is VAC 25-260-310 bb.

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