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
6/20/17, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board. At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.
6/21/17, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board. At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1A, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
6/22/17, 9:30 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board. At the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).
6/22/17, 10 a.m.: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees. At the public library on Caroline Street in Fredericksburg.
6/27/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
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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.
6/15/17, 8 a.m.: Senate Finance Committee/Economic Development/Natural Resources Subcommittee. At the Capitol, Senate Room 2, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. Information about the subcommittee is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+sub+S05003.
6/20/17, 1 p.m. Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding. At the Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. The 2016 Virginia General Assembly passed HJ 84 and SJ 58, companion bills that called for the continuation of a joint subcommittee, first established as a result of resolutions in the 2014 session, to develop recommendations for a comprehensive and coordinated planning effort to address recurrent flooding in Virginia’s Tidewater and Eastern Shore regions. The action in 2014 followed a report by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), “Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia,” published as Senate Document 3 in 2013 (available online at http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/4d54200d7e28716385256ec1004f3130/43c5b6688601e52c852579c900531e82?OpenDocument). According to the 2016 resolutions, the VIMS report “stated that recurrent flooding impacts all localities in Virginia’s coastal zone is predicted to become worse over reasonable planning horizons (20 to 50 years); and ….offered several recommendations, including that the Commonwealth, working with its coastal localities, do the following: (i) begin comprehensive and coordinated planning efforts; (ii) initiate identification, collection, and analysis of data needed to support effective planning for response efforts; and (iii) take a lead role in addressing recurrent flooding in Virginia….” The 2016 resolutions direct the subcommittee to “recommend short-term and long-term strategies for minimizing the impact of recurrent flooding and coastal storms.”
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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.
6/21/17, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in upper Goose Creek and several tributaries (Bolling Branch, Cromwells Run, Crooked Run, Gap Run, Howsers Branch, and Little River), located in the Potomac River basin in Fauquier and Loudoun counties. At The Wakefield School, 4439 Old Tavern Road in The Plains (Fauquier County).
6/22/17, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in the Rappahannock River and several tributaries (Baylors Creek, Elmwood Creek and an unamed tributary to Elmwood Creek, Jetts Creek, Mill Creek, Peedee Creek and an unnamed tributary to Peedee Creek, Portobago Creek, and Stillwater Creek), located in the Chesapeake Bay basin in Essex, Caroline, King George, Richmond, and Westmoreland counties. At Westmoreland Fire Department, 52 Rectory Road in Montross.
6/28/17, on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
6/26/17, 6:30 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft permit modification for air emissions from Perdue Grain and Oilseed, LLC, in Chesapeake. At the South Norfolk Memorial Library Meeting Room, 801 Poindexter Street in Chesapeake. The permit covers natural gas and diesel fuel emissions of volatile organic compounds, particulates, nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide.
Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
6/20/17, 6 p.m.: On the permit-modification application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 658 additional acres in Hanover County. At the County Administration Building, 7516 County Complex Road in Hanover.
6/20/17, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Synagro Central, LLC, of Champlain, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 1640 additional acres in Hanover County. At the County Administration Building, 7516 County Complex Road in Hanover.
6/15/17, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees. At the Paradise Ocean Club, 490 Fenwick Road in Fort Monroe. 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
6/20/17, 1 p.m.: Department of Health (VDH) public hearing on revisions of regulations governing campgrounds, following a periodic review. A stakeholders meeting will also be held on 6/20/17, at 9 a.m. Both meetings at the Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond. Starting in 2016, VDH and the Board of Health began a periodic review of regulations governing campgrounds, including water supplies, wastewater facilities, solid-waste disposal, swimming facilities, pest control, and other environmental health aspects. According to the VDH “Action Summary” (online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=4554&display=stages), “The intent of this regulatory action is to amend the regulations, to address current camping practices, update terminology, and remove or replace outdated requirements.” The regulations are at Section 12 VAC 5‑450 in the Virginia Administrative Code. The proposed changes were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on May 29, 2017. The public comment period ends July 28, 2017. More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=7790.
6/23/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Fee Regulatory Advisory Panel. At the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services office, 102 Governor Street in Richmond. The panel is advising the board and department on possible amendments to adjust the fees established in the Virginia Administrative Code Section 2 VAC 5-675 et seq.
River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
6/21/17, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission. At Ingleside Winery, 5872 Leedstown Road in Oak Grove (Westmoreland County). The Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly (see Va. Code section 62.1-69.27) to “provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin.” More information on the work of the Commission is available online at http://rappriverbasin.org/.
6/15/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board. At City Hall in Richmond.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts
6/21/17, 9 a.m.: Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Board of Directors. At the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “this is a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Members of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board will be in attendance for the purpose of discussing district issues and funding. No Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board business actions will be taken at this meeting.”
6/27/17, 10 a.m.: Board of Soil and Water Conservation’s District Audit Subcommitee. At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
6/28/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public meeting on proposed amendments to the Water Quality Management Planning Regulation for the James River Basin nitrogen and phosphorus waste load allocations to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers (Section 9 VAC 25-720-60 C in the Virginia Administrative Code). At the DEQ main office, 629 Main Street in Richmond. More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=712. According to the notice at that Web site, “[t]he amendments that are the subject of this notice…would reduce the existing Total Nitrogen waste load allocation for the Dominion-Chesterfield Plant…by 80,000 pounds and would add a Total Nitrogen waste load allocation of 80,000 pounds to the Tranlin, Inc./Vastly Facility…. These amendments…are needed to reflect the transfer of nitrogen allocation from the Virginia Electric and Power Company (Dominion) to Tranlin, Inc. (Vastly) as identified in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties dated the 5th day of April 2017.