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 (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 October 31, 2018, 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 2017 was $55. A list of upcoming clinics in 2018 is available at http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php. For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or email@example.com.
April 11, 2018, Roanoke: Annual “Water is Life” Conference. Organized by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP). More information: http://www.sercap.org; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apr. 28, 2018: National Prescription Drug Take-back Day. Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and conducted by law-enforcement agencies nationwide. The event is designed to help people properly dispose of unused drugs in order to help prevent improper drug use and to keep chemicals out of waterways. To see if a take-back day is happening near you, call your local police or sheriff’s department, or visit the U.S. Department of Justice “National Take Back Initiative” Web site at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you.
April 26-28, 2018, Chesapeake and Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival. More information: https://www.facebook.com/greatdismalswampbirdingfest/.
May 11-13, 2018, Konnarock: Mount Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally. Organized by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center. Events include a featured speaker, field trips, and nighttime programs. More information: http://blueridgediscoverycenter.org/mrnr/.
May 22-24, 2018, Longwood University, Farmville: 2018 Virginia Junior Academy of Science Research Symposium. More information: http://www.vjas.org/.
May 23-25, 2018, Longwood University, Farmville: Spring Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science. More information: http://vacadsci.org/vas-meetings/annual-spring-meeting/; (804) 864-1450; e-mail: email@example.com.
Jun. 1-3, 2018, statewide: Free Fishing Days. Organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. No state fishing license needed during this period, except when fishing on stocked trout waters. More information: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/free-fishing-days/.
Jun. 1-3, 2018, Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox: Women’s Outdoor Weekend (for ages 10 and up). Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension. More information: http://holidaylake4h.com/wow.php; phone (434) 248-5444; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun. 2, 2018: Annual Potomac River Swim for the Environment. Swimmers dive into the Potomac at Hull Neck in Northumberland County, Virginia, and swim 7.5 miles to Point Lookout State Park in Maryland. Participants raise funds for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Potomac River Association, the Potomac River Conservancy, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and the St. Mary’s Watershed Association. More information: http://www.potomacriverswim.com.
June 16-23, 2018, on the James River, starting at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg: 33rd Annual James River Batteau Festival. Organized by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society. More information: http://www.vacanals.org/batteau/.
Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2018, 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. 2018 is the 24th 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 email@example.com.
Sep. 15, 2018, Virginia Beach: Elizabeth River RIVERFest. Organized by the Elizabeth River Project. More information: www.elizabethriverfest.org; or contact Susan Smith at (757) 399-7487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 9-14, 2018, 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:email@example.com.
Oct. 18, 2018, 10:18 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINKS TO EVENTS LISTS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Virginia Department of Emergency Management Training Events (including for floods, hazardous material, and other water-related emergencies)
Virginia Sea Grant’s Links to Marine-education Opportunities for K-12 Teachers (click on “Professional Development”)
Wetlands Education and Training Opportunities from Environmental Concern (non-profit in St. Michaels, Md.; opportunities for professionals and educators).