Category Archives: Events

Water-related events (conferences, meetings, recreation, education,etc.) occurring in Virginia or in a nearby state but with relevance to Virginia (such as a Chesapeake Bay-related meeting in Maryland).

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 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

11/28/17, 10 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.

11/29/17, 6 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Fisheries Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

11/30/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s State Trails Advisory Committee.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

12/5/17, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists.  At the Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

12/6/17, 9 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board.  At the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth.

12/6/17, 9:30 a.m., and 12/7/17, 9:30 a.m.: State Water Control Board.  At Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road 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?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.

11/30/17, 10 a.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science/Environmental Regulations and the Aviation Industry Work Group.  At the Division of Legislative Services, Pocahontas Building, 9th Floor West Conference Room, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.  On 12/6/17, 10 a.m., the full Commission meets in Room E007 at the same location.

12/4/17, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  The State Water Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1990.  Its purpose, according to Virginia Code section 30-187, is to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; [and] coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues….”  More information about the Commission is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm.

12/4/17, 1:30 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding.  House Committee Room, Room W011, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.  The subcommittee was created by the 2014 Virginia General Assembly (HJR 16 and SJR 3) to make recommendations for a comprehensive planning effort to address recurrent flooding in Virginia’s Tidewater and Eastern Shore, particularly as climate change is expected to increase extreme weather events.  Information on the work of this subcommittee is available from the Division of Legislative Services, online at http://dls.virginia.gov/interim_studies_flooding.html; and in a July 23, 2014, news release from the chair of the subcommittee, Del. Chris Stolle (R-83rd) of Virginia Beach, online at http://chrisstolle.com/chris-stolle-elected-as-chair-of-general-assembly-joint-subcommittee-on-recurrent-flooding.

12/5/17, 9 a.m.:  Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee.  At the Pocahontas Builidng, Room 200A and Room 200B, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.  The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee advises the General Assembly on use of money received in the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund from special Bay license plates.  More information on the Committee is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.htm.

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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.

None during this period.

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 MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Energy – All
12/1/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia’s Energy Markets and Planning (E-MAP) Program.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
12/1/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) listening session  on the Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund (VPSTF) Reimbursement Guidance Manual and Usual and Customary Rate (UCR) Schedule.  AT the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road in Henrico County.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the DEQ is updating the Reimbursement Guidance Manual and the Usual and Customary Rate schedule.   Some preliminary goals of the guidance manual update are to adjust individual time and material codes to better reflect the actual expenses incurred; apply appropriate cost adjustments to the UCR schedule; and add and remove time and material codes from the UCR schedule as needed.

Energy – Solar
11/27/17, 1 p.m: Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  The 2015 General Assembly (SB 1099) created this Authority to facilitate, coordinate, and support the development of the solar energy industry and solar-powered electric energy facilities in the Commonwealth.  The 2017 General Assembly (SB 1258) changed its name to add “energy storage” and added to its purposes to position the Commonwealth as a leader in energy-storage technology.

Ports
12/4/17 and 12/5/17: Virginia Port Authority meetings.  12/4/17, 2 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee; 12/4/17, 3:15 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee; 12/4/17, 5 p.m.: Executive Committee; 12/5/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners public session.  All meetings at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
12/6/17, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  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/.

Stormwater
11/29/17, 10 a.m.: House Bill 1774 Stormwater Workgroup.  At the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Suite 200, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond.  According to the Virginia Legislative Information System, House Bill 1774 in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly “directs the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency to convene a work group to consider alternative methods of stormwater management in rural Tidewater localities. …The group is to be facilitated by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary Law School and is to include representatives of institutions of higher education, state agencies, local governments, private industry, and other groups.  The…work group is to review and consider the creation of rural development growth areas, the development of a volume credit program, the payment of fees to support regional best management practices, and the allowance of the use of stormwater in highway ditches to generate volume credits.  …The bill also delays from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, the effective date of new stormwater laws enacted during the 2016 Session of the General Assembly.”  The work group is to report to the governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2018.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
11/28/17, 2 a.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on the triennial review of water-quality standards for bacteria, ammonia, cadmium and human health criteria) (9 VAC 25-260 in the Virginia Administrative Code.)  At the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke.  According to DEQ information online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityStandards/LawsMandates.aspx, Virginia Code section 62.1-44.15 (3a), part of Virginia’s State Water Control Law, requires the State Water Control Board to review and update the Commonwealth’s water-quality standards at least every three years.  The Board conducted a triennial review in 2015, but the Board deferred to a separate rulemaking updates to freshwater aquatic life criteria for ammonia, amendments to the 94 human health criteria, and new EPA recommendations for recreation waters criteria (bacteria) and aquatic life (potentially for cadmium and selenium) (Board action taken at January 14, 2016, meeting).  The proposed amendments on these itmes were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on September 18, 2017.  The public comment period runs 9/18/17 to 12/8/17.  More information on these proposed amendments is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=3171&display=stages.  More information on the triennial review overall is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4017.

11/30/17, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Oyster Credit Advisory Committee.  At The DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, this “advisory committee [was established] to assist in the evaluation of a proposal from the Oyster Company of Virginia to generate nutrient credits from an oyster aquaculture operation.”

Virginia State Water Commission Meets December 4, 2017, in Richmond

Virginia’s State Water Commission will meet December 4, 2017, 10 a.m., in House Room 1 of the State Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  More information on the meeting is available online at http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/meetings/500; or contact the Virginia House of Delegates’ Clerk’s Office/Committee Operations, phone (804) 698-1540.  General information on the State Water Commission is available online at http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/studies/188.

According to the Division of Legislative Service’s Web page on the Commission, at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm, the Virginia General Assembly created the Commission to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; and coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues.”  The Commission includes several members of the General Assembly, plus two citizen members.

The current members of the Commission were as follows as of November 22, 2017, the date of this post:
Del. Thomas C. Wright, Jr., Chair
Del. David L. Bulova
Del. T. Scott Garrett
Del. Barry D. Knight
Del. Daniel W. Marshall, III
Del. John M. O’Bannon, III
Del. Luke E. Torian
Del. R. Lee Ware, Jr.
Sen. Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
Sen. Frank M. Ruff, Jr.
Sen. William M. Stanley, Jr.
Sen. Richard H. Stuart
Sen. Frank W. Wagner
Mr. Lamont W. Curtis
Mr. Richard A. Street

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Nov. 9-Nov. 22, 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

11/14/17, 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.

11/15/17, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1A, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

11/16/17, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

11/16/17, 10 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.  The Board’s District Audit Committee meets at 9 a.m. that day at the same location.

11/16/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee.  At Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.

11/20/17, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

11/21/17, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

11/17/17, 1 p.m.: Aquaculture Advisory Board.  At the Marriott City Center, 740 Town Center Drive 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.

11/9/17, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Catawba Creek and of bacterial impairment in the James River and tributaries Barbours Creek, Craig Creek, Catawba Creek, Lapsley Run, Little Patterson Creek, and Sinking Creek, all in the James River basin in Botetourt and Craig counties.  The 11/2/17 meeting is at Eagle Rock Library, 55 Eagles Nest Drive in Eagle Rock (Botetourt County); the 11/9/17 meeting is at the Catawba Community Center, 4955 Catawba Creek Road in Catawba (Roanoke County).

11/15/17, 5:30 p.m., on the TMDL modification process for aquatic life (benthic) and bacterial impairments in Blacks Run and Cooks Creek, located in the Shenandoah River/Potomac River wateshed in Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg.  At the Rockingham County Administration Building, Community Room, 20 East Gay Street in Harrisonburg.

11/16/17, 1 p.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 Miller Center Auditorium, 301 Grove Street in Lynchburg.  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 (Prince William County); 2/16/17 in Harrisonburg; 2/21/17, in Woodbridge, 3/6/17 in Harrisonburg, 4/17/17 in Glen Allen (Henrico County), 5/4/17, in St. Stephens Church (King & Queen County), 6/1/17 in Chesapeake, and 8/17/17 in Accomac (Accomack County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Air-Water Connections
11/13/17, 11 a.m.: DEQ public hearing on implementing reasonably available control technology (RACT) in support of the 2008 ozone standard in the Northern Virginia Emissions Control Area.  At the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge (Prince William County).  The DEQ is seeking comments on plans to maintain compliance with the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in the Northern Virginia Ozone Nonattainment Area.  Proposals would be revisions to Virginia’s State Implementation Plan under Section 110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act.  The public comment period runs 10/16/17 to 11/15/17.  More information on the RACT proposal is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=757.

Chesapeake Bay
11/9/17, 1 p.m., and 11/10/17, 9 a.m. [link to PDF of agenda]; Chesapeake Bay Commission.  On 11/9/17, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, 205 Ryan Office Building, 501 North Third Street in Harrisburg; on 11/10/17, at the Hilton Harrisburg, One North Second Street in Harrisburg.  According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/about.htm), the Commission “is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.  The Commission serves as the legislative arm of the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/), and acts in an advisory capacity to [the states’] General Assemblies.”  The Commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.  The next meeting will be January 4-5, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.

Fort Monroe
11/9/17, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee.  At 20 Ingalls Road in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).  On 12/15/16 at 1 p.m., the full Board of Trustees meets at 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/.

Resource Management Mapping and Planning
11/13/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Board.  At 1751 Meadowville Lane in Chester (Chesterfield County).  VGIN was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1997 to help support the creation, development, and use of geographic information and related technology for state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, and other Commonwealth users of maps and geographic information.  It’s coordinated by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).  More information is available online at http://www.vita.virginia.gov/isp/default.aspx?id=8482.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Resources Conference, October 12-13, 2017, in Shepherdstown, West Va. – Presentations Available Online as of November 6, 2017

On October 12-13, 2017, at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) hosted the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference.

Conference presentations are available online at http://midatlanticwrc.org/event-info/agenda/; to view the abstracts and presentations, click on a given talk’s title within the conference agenda table.

The conference was a collaborative effort of Delaware Water Resources Center (at the University of Delaware), the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center (at Penn State), the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (at Virginia Tech), and WVWRI (at West Virginia Institute).

For questions or more information about the conference, visit http://midatlanticwrc.org/, or contact the conference coordinator at the WVWRI by e-mail at wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at (304) 293-7009.

Potomac River from NCTC boat launch ONE Oct12 2017 USED Grouper 11-7-17

The Potomac River, viewed October 12, 2017, from the grounds of the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay Commission Meeting on November 9-10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Penn.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission will meet November 9-10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Penn.  The agenda for the meeting is available online (as a PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/171/oth/Agenda.CBC.1109-1017.pdf.  The Commission will meet again on January 4-5, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.; May 3-4, 2018, in Washington, D.C.; September 6-7, 2018, at a location in Virginia to be announced; and November 8-9, 2018, at a location in Maryland to be announced.  Information on Commission meetings (including agendas, presentations, and minutes) is available online at http://www.chesbay.us/meetings.htm.

According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/about.htm), the Commission “is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.  The Commission serves as the legislative arm of the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/), and acts in an advisory capacity to [the states’] General Assemblies.”  The Commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.

Ozone in Northern Virginia is Subject of Va. DEQ Proposals Undergoing Public Comment in October-November 2017

In October and November 2017, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comments on a proposed plan for the Northern Virginia Ozone Nonattainment Area, including a request to re-designate that area as attaining ozone standards, and implementing reasonably available control technology (RACT) in support of the 2008 ozone standard in the Northern Virginia Emissions Control Area.  A public hearing on the redesignation request and the overall plan will be held 11/6/17, 11 a.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge, in Prince William County; a public hearing on the RACT implementation will be held 11/13/17, 11 a.m., at the same location (click on the dates to access meeting information from the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall).

The proposal would be a revision to Virginia’s State Implementation Plan under Section 110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act.  The public comment period runs 10/16/17 to 11/15/17.  More information on consideration of the overall plan and re-desingation request is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=756; more information on the RACT aspect is available online http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=757.   According to the first of those two Web sites, the proposal consists of an “air quality maintenance plan in support of a concurrent request to redesignate the Northern Virginia ozone nonattainment area (Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park) to attainment.  The purpose of the plan is to ensure that emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and carbon monoxide (CO) do not exceed the 2014 attainment year levels through 2030, enabling the area to continue meeting the 2008 ozone NAAQS.  The plan contains control measures that are currently in place and will be continued in order to maintain emissions at or below the 2014 levels.  These measures include federal control programs for on-road and non-road engines as well as limitations on local power plants.  The plan also contains a program of contingency measures to be implemented if the air quality monitoring stations in the area record a violation of the 2008 ozone NAAQS or if emissions in the area increase above the 2014 levels, as well as information concerning emissions estimates, growth assumptions, emission factors, and reduction assumptions.”

For more information contact, Doris A. McLeod, Virginia DEQ, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond VA 23218; phone (804) 698-4197; e-mail: doris.mcleod@deq.virginia.gov.

 

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – October 25, 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 ran 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 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 2017 was $55.  For a list of clinics in 2017, visit: http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php.  For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or wellwater@vt.edu.

Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2017, 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.

Oct. 27, 2017, College of William and Mary School of Education, Williamsburg: 5th Annual Conference of the William and Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Center.  This year’s theme is “Defending Our Coasts: Ensuring Military Readiness and Economic Viability as Waters Rise.”   More information: http://law.wm.edu/academics/programs/jd/electives/clinics/vacoastal/index.php; phone (757) 221-3800; e-mail: lawadm@wm.edu.

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 29-30, 2018, Staunton: Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals 26th Annual Conference.  More information: https://www.vafhp.org/.

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.

Feb. 24, 2018, Germanna Community College, Culpeper: Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program at Virginia Tech.  More information: http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/workshops/woodsandwildlife.html; or contact Jen Gagnon at (540) 231-6391, or e-mail: jgagnon@vt.edu.

Feb. 27-28, 2018, Virginia Beach: Virginia Turfgrass Council’s Come to the Bay Conference.  More information: http://cometothebay.org/; (757) 464-1004  (Virginia Beach); e-mail: vaturf@verizon.net.

March-September 2018, in three locations: 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.

March-November 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 had not been announced as of 10/25/17; 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.

Mar. 4-6, 2018, Richmond: Virginia Water Conference 2018.  Organized by the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.  More information: http://www.vlwa.org/VirginiaWaterConference.aspx.

Mar. 22, 2018 (recurs every year), everywhere: World Water Day. The annual worldwide event designated by the United Nations since 1993.  More information on the history of the event and the observances and activities for this year is available at the World Water Day Web site: http://www.worldwaterday.org/.  March 22 also starts the annual period for the EarthEcho Water Challenge (formerly World Water Monitoring Challenge), running through the officially observed day of September 18 and ending December 31.  More information on the EarthEcho Water Challenge is available at http://www.monitorwater.org/.

April 3-5, 2018, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington: 29th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium.  Organized by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics.  More information: http://www.vmi.edu/about/center-for-leadership-and-ethics/conferences/environment-va-symposium/.

LINKS TO EVENTS LISTS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

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 material, and other water-related emergencies)

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 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).