Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Dec. 7-Dec. 21, 2018; Plus Information on the 2019 Virginia General Assembly

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 events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/. 

REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

12/10/18, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board.  At the Pocahontas Building, 1st Floor House Committee Room, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

12/11/18, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

12/12/18, 10 a.m.: Aquaculture Advisory Board.  At the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, 12580 West Creek Parkway in Richmond.

12/12/18, 10 a.m.: Board of Forestry Procedures Subcommittee.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

12/13/18, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board.  At the Pocahontas Building, First Floor House Committee Room, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

12/17/18, 10:30 a.m.: Waste Management Board.  At the Pocahontas Building, First Floor House Committee Room, 900 East Main 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?181+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. 

12/17/18, 1 p.m.: House and Senate Commerce and Labor Committees’ Coal Ash Subcommittee.  In House Room 3 of the Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

1/9/19: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  Current status is available online at this link.  The 2019 General Assembly convenes on January 9 and is scheduled for 30 days; this is a so-called “short session,” which is held in all odd-numbered years.  The reconvened (“veto”) session will be held in April.  In some years, sessions are extended beyond the scheduled length, particularly for budget discussions (any session may be extended for up to 30 days).  The General Assembly’s Web site, http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php, offers several useful features, including member lists, session calendars, live video of floor sessions, and information on legislative processes.  The Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site, http://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm, provides lists and summaries of all bills, searchable by topic, member, committee, etc.  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.  As of 2018, live streaming of committee meetings is available.  Information on live streaming of House committee meetings is online at https://publications.virginiageneralassembly.gov/display_publication/209; for Senate committee meetings, online at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.

Two committees that receive many (but not all) of the water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., in House Room 3 of the Capitol, 1000 Bank Street; and the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Thursdays, one-half hour after adjournment of the day’s floor session, in Senate Room A of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.  Information about all standing committees as of the 2019 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/191/com/COM.HTM.

To express an opinion on legislation, citizens are requested to contact their respective delegate of senator.  If you do not know your representatives or their contact information, you can use the online “Who’s My Legislator” service, available at http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.  You can find members’ contact information at these links: House of Delegates, at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php; State Senate, at https://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/.

The Lobbyist-In-A-Box subscriber service also offers free tracking for up to five bills, and it offers tracking of more than five bills for a fee; visit http://lis.virginia.gov/h015.htm.  For assistance, phone Legislative Automated Systems at (804) 786-9631.
The organization Open Virginia’s Richmond Sunlight Web site, at https://www.richmondsunlight.com/, also offers tools for following the General Assembly and for learning about Virginia law. 

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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.   TMDL reports are available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/TMDL/TMDLDevelopment/ApprovedTMDLReports.aspx. 

12/11/18, 10 a.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in the Mattaponi River and the following tributaries: Brock Run, Chapel Creek, Doctors Creek, Glady Run, Maracossic Creek, Mat River, Matta River, Mattaponi River, Motto River, Po River, Polecat Creek, Poni River, Reedy Creek, and Root Swamp, all located in the York River watershed in Caroline, King and Queen, King William, Orange, and Spotsylvania Counties.  At Caroline County Public Library, Ladysmith Branch,
7199 Clara Smith Drive in Ruther Glen.

12/11/8, 1 p.m.: Joint meeting of the Commonwealth Regional Council and regional soil and water conservation districts on Phase III of the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (which was published in December 2010).  At the Prince Edward County Natural Resources and Agricultural Building, 100 Dominion Drive in Farmville.  The Commonwealth Regional Council is Virginia’s planning district #14, covering the counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, and Prince Edward.

12/11/18, 2 p.m., and 12/11/18, 3:30 p.m.: urban/residential working group (2 p.m.) and agricultural working group (3:30 p.m.) meetings on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial and aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Woods Creek, located in the Maury River/James River basin in Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington.  At the Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 40 Magnolia Square Way, Suite 5, in Lexington.

12/12/18, 1:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairment in the Bullpasture River and tributaries, located in the James River basin in Highland County.  At Stonewall Ruritan Hall, 67 Bullpasture River Road in McDowell.

12/13/18, 2:30 p.m.: Stakeholder meeting for the Northern Neck Planning District Commission (PDC) on Phase III of the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (which was published in December 2010).  At the PDC office, 483 Main Street in Warsaw (Richmond County).  The Northern Neck PDC covers the counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland.

12/19/18, 3 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in North Fork Catoctin Creek, located in the Potomac River basin in Loudoun County.  At the Purcellville Library, 220 East Main Street in Purcellville.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture/Forestry
12/12/18, 9 a.m.: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pollinator Protection Advisory Committee.  In House Room 1 of the Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

12/14/18, 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.  On 12/17/18, 10 a.m., the Animal Waste Subcommittee meets at the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, #B, in Harrisonburg.  On 12/17/18 at 12:30 p.m., the Programmatic Subcommittee meets at the Virginia Farm Bureau, 13438 James Madison Highway in Orange (Orange County).  On 12/20/18, 9 a.m., the Nutrient Management Subcommittee meets at the Louisa County Farm Bureau Office, 407A East Main Street in Louisa.

Invasive Species
12/11/18, 2 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Invasive Species Working Group.  At the Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
12/18/18, 10:30 a.m.:  Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal conference on the new permit application for the Black Diamond Company, application 1010444.  At the Hurley Community Center, 1006 Da Justus Road in Hurley (Buchanan County).  The proposed permit area is located 5 miles Northeast of Hurley off Route 643 in Buchanan County, in the Tug Fork/Big Sandy River watershed.

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