Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – June 8, 2017, Edition

Boats and crews 2 Batteau Fest Jun15 2013One of Virginia’s most distinctive water-related events: the annual James River Batteau Festival, launched every June in Lynchburg, Va.  Shown above is the launch on June 15, 2013.  The 32nd annual festival is June 17-24, 2017.

This post lists conferences, meetings, and other events related to Virginia’s water resources and held in Virginia (in  most cases; nearby out-of-state events are occasionally included).  Except for online meetings or seminars, the events here typically are at least several hours long (for example, this site does not list the frequent one-hour water-related seminars held at Virginia colleges or universities).  This post is updated as information becomes available and is re-posted monthly.

This list does not include Virginia government meetings related to water (except for a listing of the dates of the Virginia General Assembly, which starts each January).  The News Grouper blog has a post on those meetings each week, at  https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Water-related+Government.

For water-related meetings outside of Virginia, please see the Grouper post, “A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States and Elsewhere,” re-posted quarterly.

Thanks to the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) for providing some of the information in this post.  More information about the VWMC is available online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/

For links to events lists from several other organizations, please see the bottom of this post.

Continuing through September 2017 (began in March): Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  More information: http://www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/retreats/index.html; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

Continuing through November 1, 2017 (began March 15), statewide: Virginia Household Water Quality Program drinking-water clinics.  People who rely on private wells, springs, or cisterns can get their water tested inexpensively for key constituents and receive a report interpreting the results.  The cost to participate in 2016 was $52.  A list of upcoming clinics in 2017 had not been announced as of 1/5/17; keep an eye on this Web site: http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php.  For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or wellwater@vt.edu.

Jun. 10, 2017, Mason Neck State Park, Lorton: Back to the Bay.  This is an event to raise public awareness of and increase public engagement regarding the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s rivers and streams.  Organized by the Virginia Conservation Network.  More information: http://www.vcnva.org/back-to-the-bay/; (804) 644-0283 (Richmond).

Jun. 13-15, 2017, Reston: 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information: http://www.gcande.org/; (202) 872-6102.

Jun. 17-24, 2017, on the James River, starting at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg: 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival.  Organized by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society.  More information: http://www.vacanals.org/batteau/.

Jun. 25-28, 2017, Tysons Corner: 2017 Summer American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Conference.  This year’s theme is “Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.”  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Tysons2017/ ; or contact the AWRA (headquartered in Middleburg, Va.) at (540) 687-8390 or info@awra.org.

Jun. 27-29, 2017, Blacksburg: 15th North American Agroforestry Conference.  Organized by Virginia Tech.  More information: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1865066; (540) 231-0790.

Jul. 5-7, 2017, Virginia State University, Petersburg:  Fish School.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information: https://www.ext.vsu.edu/events/2017/7/5/fish-school; or contact Brian Nerrie,, phone (804) 524-5903; e-mail: bnerrie@vsu.edu.

Jul. 8, 2017, Low Water Bridge Campground in Bentonville (Warren County): Shenandoah River Rodeo.  Organized by Potomac Riverkeeper Network.  More information: http://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/?event=shenandoah-river-rodeo-2017;  Mark Frondorf at mark@shenandoahriverkeeper.org.

Jul. 15, 2017, Richmond: James River Splash & Dash.  Organized by the James River Association.  More information: http://www.jrsplashanddash.org/; phone (804) 788-8811.

Jul. 19-20, 2017, Charlottesville: Teaching Trees (a teacher-training workshop on forest ecology, management, and utilization).  Organized by the Skyline Chapter of Society of American Foresters, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and other partners.  More information: http://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=31615&selectedProgramAreaId=25575&selectedProgramStreamId; or contact Ellen Powell, (434) 220-9083 or ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov.

Jul. 21, 2017, Glen Allen (Henrico County): Land Development Design Initiative Summer Meeting.  Organized by Virginia Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  More information: http://www.cee.vt.edu/lddi/; Randy Dymond, phone (540) 231-9023 (Blacksburg); e-mail: dymond@vt.edu.

Aug. 14-15, 2017, Richmond: Modeling Green Infrastructure with EPA-SWMM [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Storm Water Management Model].  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information: http://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=35826&selectedProgramAreaId=25575&selectedProgramStreamId.

Aug. 17-18, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg: Virginia Loggers Association annual meeting.  More information: http://www.valoggers.org/2017-vla-annual-meeting-at-virginia-tech-august-17-20/; (804) 677-4290.

Aug. 18-20, 2017, Abingdon (Washington County); and Sep. 22-24, 2017, Providence Forge (New Kent County): Landowner Weekend Retreats.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  An earlier retreat this year was held Mar. 17-19 in Appomattox.  More information: http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/retreats.html; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2016, statewide: Virginia Waterways Cleanup.  Organized by Clean Virginia Waterways at Longwood University.  This is a series of local beach, bay, river, stream, lake, and pond cleanups across the state.  2016 is the 22nd year that the organization has coordinated the Virginia cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy.  More information: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/; (434) 395-2602 or cleanva@longwood.edu.

Sep. 15-16, Blacksburg: Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment’s 25th anniversary celebration.  More information: https://cnre.vt.edu/events/25years/index.html; phone (540) 231-5482; e-mail: cnre@vt.edu.

Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 2017, Shepherdstown, West. Va.: Tri-State Native Plant Conference[Not in Virginia, but close and relevant.]  Organized by the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Maryland Native Plant Society, and the West Virginia Native Plant Society.  More information: http://vnps.org/tri-state-native-plant-conference-2017/; phone (540) 837-1600 (Boyce, Va.); e-mail: vnps.org@gmail.com.

FALL DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED, Norfolk: Elizabeth River RIVERFest. Organized by the Elizabeth River Project. More information: www.elizabethriverfest.org; or contact Susan Smith at (757) 399-7487 or ssmith@elizabethriver.org.

Oct. 10-12, 2017, Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center, Front Royal: 2017 Virginia Environmental Education Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Association for Environmental Education.  More information: https://vaee.wildapricot.org/.

Oct. 10-15, 2017, on the Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore, Md., and Portsmouth Virginia: Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.  More information: http://www.gcbsr.org/; phone (757) 393-2220; e-mail: mailto:mrace@gcbsr.org.

Oct. 19, 2017, 10:19 a.m., across the southeastern United States: Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill.  Organized by several partners, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  More information: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/; or e-mail: shakeout@cusec.org.

Nov. 3-5, 2017, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum[Not in Virginia, but close and relevant.]  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/networking-education/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or contact@allianceforthebay.org.

Nov. 4, 2017, Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Science Festival.  More information: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/sciencefestival/.

Nov. 16-18, 2017, Roanoke: Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute.  More information: https://vast.wildapricot.org/; phone: (757) 897-3104; e-mail: communications@vast.org.

Nov. 17-19, 2017, Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynesboro: 21st Annual Call of the Wild Conference on wildlife rehabilitation.  Organized by the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information: http://wildlifecenter.org/call-wild-conference; phone: (540) 942-9453; e-mail: outreach@wildlifecenter.org.

Nov. 16-19, 2017, Wallops Island (Accomack County): 4th Annual Delmarva Nature and Wildlife Photography Summit.  Organized by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (http://www.cbfieldstation.org/).  More information: http://www.cbfieldstation.org/photography-summit.html; or contact Mike Hillman, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337; (757) 824-5636; e-mail: mike@cbfieldstation.org.

Dec. 3-5, 2017, Portsmouth: Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting.   More information: http://vaswcd.org/annual-meeting; phone (804) 559-0324.

Jan. 10-March 10, 2018 (subject to extension): Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  The 2018 General Assembly convenes on January 10 and is scheduled for 60 days; this is a so-called “long session,” which is held in all even-numbered years.  General Assembly session information is available online at this link.  Live video streams of floor sessions are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the House and http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the Senate.  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 as of June 2016—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/161/com/COM.HTM.  For more information on the General Assembly, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate.

January 2018 – dates and location not yet available as of 6/8/17: Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals 26th Annual Conference.  More information: http://vafhp.org/conference/.

Jan. 26-28, 2018, Virginia Beach: Winter Wildlife Festival.  Organized by the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information: https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/winter-wildlife-festival.aspx; or contact the City’s Outdoor and Environmental Programs Department, (757) 385-2990; e-mail: outdoors@vbgov.com.


Boating Safety Classes by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation/Nutrient Management Training

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation/State Parks Events

Virginia Department of Emergency Management Training Events (including for floods, hazardous materials, and other events involving water)

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Training for Stormwater Management and Erosion/Sediment Control

Virginia Department of Health Listing of Training Resources for Onsite Sewage Professionals

Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program Events

Virginia Green (Virginia Tourism Corporation site for “green” vacations and activities)

Virginia Household Water Quality Program List of Drinking Water Clinics and Master Well Owner Network Training

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Virginia Master Naturalists

Virginia Native Plant Society

Virginia Sea Grant’s Links to Marine-education Opportunities for K-12 Teachers (click on “Professional Development”)

Virginia Water Environment Association

American Water Resources Association-National Capital Region Section

U.S. EPA Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars

Wetlands Education and Training Opportunities from Environmental Concern (non-profit in St. Michaels, Md.; opportunities for professionals and educators).

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