Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Aug. 11-Aug. 23, 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

8/15/17, 3 p.m.: Outdoors Foundation/Finance, Audit, and Compliance.  At 39 Garrett Street in Warrenton (Fauquier County).

8/16/17, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeals Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1A, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

8/16/17, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

8/16/17, 11 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Regulatory Review Committee.  At the Department of Professional amd Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

8/18/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Forestry.  At The Inn at Virginia Tech, 901 Prices Fork Road in Blacksburg (Montgomery County).

8/22/17, 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.

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.

8/17/17, 11 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) outreach meeting on Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), published in December 2010.  At the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, 23372 Front Street in Accomac (Accomack County).  This is one of a series of outreach meetings on the Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan.    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, and expectations and roles for the Phase III WIP and timelines.  Other meetings were held 1/30/17 in Woodbridge; 2/16/17 in Harrisonburg; 2/21/17, in Woodbridge, 3/6/17 in Harrisonburg, 4/17/17 in Glen Allen, 5/4/17, in St. Stephens Church (King & Queen County), and 6/1/17 in Chesapeake.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture/Forestry
8/15/17, 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 – Fossil Fuels
8/14/17, 6 p.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on draft Section 401 Certification for the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline.  At Southside Virginia Community College/Christanna Campus, 109 Campus Drive in Alberta (Brunswick County).  Previous meetings were held 8/7/17, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg and 8/10/17 at Longwood University in Farmville.  Similar meetings regarding the proposed Mountain Valley pipeline were held 8/8/17 at Radford University in Radford, and 8/9/17 Chatham High School Auditorium in Chatham (Pittsylvania County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for these meetings, the DEQ is considering draft Section 401 Certification [referring to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act] for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.  The draft certification “would establish additional conditions for activities in upland areas that are located near state waters and that may indirectly affect state water along the route of the proposed pipeline.  The conditions address, among other things, engineering and best management practices for steep slopes and slide prone areas; environmental monitoring and inspections; and development and implementation of plans and procedures for karst mitigation, spill prevention control, water quality monitoring, protection of riparian buffers, protection of water quality from acid forming materials, protection of public water supplies, horizontal directional drilling, hydrostatic testing, and dust control activities.”  The public comment period for the draft certification runs July 3—August 22, 2017.  More information from the DEQ about water-related permitting for proposed natural gas pipelines is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/ProtectionRequirementsforPipelines.aspx.

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