Click on underlined meeting dates or times for more information. 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, https://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/announcements/.
REGULAR MEETINGS OF AUTHORITIES, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES, AND COUNCILS
9/23/21, 9 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Audit Subcommittee. 9/23/21, 10 a.m.: full Board. Both meetings at Drury Plaza Hotel Richmond, 11049 West Broad Street in Glen Allen (Henrico County).
9/28/21, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 380 Fenwick Road in Ft. Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).
9/28/21, 2 p.m.: State Water Control Board. At Radford University, Kyle Hall, Howe Street in Radford.
9/29/21, 10 a.m.: Plastic Waste Prevention Advisory Council. At the Department of Environmental Quality Training Room (14th floor), 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.
10/8/21, 10:30 a.m.: Waste Management Board. At the Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.
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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS
For meetings of the General Assembly, legislative committees, and legislative commissions, see https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?213+oth+MTG (as of 9-14-21). 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. The Virginia General Assembly Web site is https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/.
10/4/21, 3 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding. At the Capitol Building, Senate Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. This subcommittee was continued and renamed by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly. That year, the Assembly passed HJ 84 and SJ 58, companion bills that called for the continuation of a joint subcommittee, first established in 2014 (HJR 16 and SJR 3), 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. 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.
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MEETINGS ABOUT TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS (or TMDLs) for IMPAIRED WATERS
For more information about TMDLs in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Development Web site. There are links at that site to search for draft and approved TMDLs.
10/7/21, 1 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Beaverdam Creek, Fryingpan Creek, Pigg River, and Poplar Branch in Bedford, Franklin, and Pittsylvania counties, in the Roanoke River watershed. At Waid Park (large pavilion), 701 Waid Park Road in Rocky Mount (Franklin County).
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MEETINGS ON SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Meetings of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee.
10/4/21, 10 a.m.: Animal Waste Subcommittee. At the Augusta County Government Center Smith, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona.
Flooding – Coastal
Meetings of the Secretary of Natural Resources’ Technical Advisory Committee on the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework.
9/27/21, 5 p.m.: Community meeting. At Corporate Landing Middle School, 1597 Corporate Landing Parkway in Virginia Beach.
10/5/21, 5 p.m.: Community meeting. At Thomas Nelson Community College, Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.
9/23/21, 10 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearing on Notice of Violation #GWS0012933 for Burning Knob Resources, Inc. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County). The mine site or sites is not identified in the Regulatory Town Hall notice.
10/6/21, 10 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) assessment conference to the civil penalty assessment of Clintwood JOD, LLC, for Notice of Violation #RSY0010178 SS. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County). The mine site or sites is not identified in the Regulatory Town Hall notice.
9/27/21 and 9/28/21: Virginia Port Authority meetings:
9/27/21, 12:30 p.m.: Investment Committee;
9/27/21, 1:30 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee;
9/27/21, 3:30 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee;
9/27/21, 5:30 p.m.: Executive Committee;
9/28/21, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners.
All meetings at the VPA offices, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.
Water Protection Permits
9/27/21, 6 p.m., at Pigg River Community Center, 2410 South Main Street in Rocky Mount (Franklin County); and 9/28/21, 6 p.m., at Radford University, Kyle Hall, Howe Street in Radford: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearings on a proposed Virginia Water Protection permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, for the Mountain Valley Pipeline natural gas project. According to the Regulatory Town Hall notices for these meetings, the draft permit would “allow the filling of wetlands and streams in Giles, Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin, and Pittsylvania Counties, Virginia; [and meet] the Board’s intent to provide Section 401 Water Quality Certification for activities authorized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. …The project is a 42-inch natural gas pipeline located along an approximate 107-mile-long corridor from the Virginia-West Virginia state line in Giles County southeast through Craig County, Montgomery County, Roanoke County, Franklin County, and Pittsylvania County to the Transco Village (located approximately three miles east of Chatham, Virginia)…. The proposed activity would permanently affect 1.19 acres of palustrine forested wetland, 0.76 of an acre of palustrine scrub-shrub wetland (PSS), 0.04 of an acre of palustrine emergent wetland, and 63 linear feet of streams. The proposed activity would temporarily affect 3.91 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and 17,065 linear feet of streams. The activity proposed in the permit will affect surface waters in the Middle New, Upper James, Upper Roanoke and Banister watersheds. To compensate for the surface waters affected, the applicant would provide 7.114 wetland mitigation credits and 298 stream mitigation credits, and restore temporarily impacted areas to their original condition. The State Water Control Board’s preliminary decision is to issue the permit.” The public comment period run August 28, 2021 to October 27, 2021.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
10/7/21, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on proposed Water Quality Management Planning Regulation Amendments for nitrogen and phosphorus waste load allocations to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is Section 9 VAC 25-720. The public comment period is August 30—October 29, 2021. More information on this regulatory process is available online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=5393&display=stages.
Water Supply Planning
9/30/21, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel on Local and Regional Water Supply Planning Regulation Amendments. At the Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond. According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for the 9/30/21 meeting, House Bill 542 in the 2020 Virginia General Assembly “amended section 62.1-44.38:1 of the Code of Virginia to direct the State Water Control Board to adopt regulations designating regional planning areas based primarily on river basins, to identify the particular regional planning area in which each locality shall participate, and to identify which local stakeholder groups shall or may participate in coordinated water resource planning. The amendments also require each locality to participate in cross-jurisdictional coordinated water resources planning. Each regional planning area will be required to submit a singly jointly produced regional water supply plan, which shall clearly identify the region’s water supply risks, propose cost effective regional strategies to address these risks, and comply with all other applicable criteria and guidelines developed by the Board. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on June 7, 2021.”
Waterworks/Drinking Water Regulations
9/24/21, 1:30 p.m.: Department Of Health Workgroup on PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water/Toxicology Subgroup. Electronic meeting; access online at https://vdhoep.webex.com/vdhoep/j.php?MTID=m54010f07c0b5f8efaf041ea6d9087833, access code: 2632 567 1874, password: QQxRiaif368; or dial in to (844) 992-4726. The 2020 Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 586, which called for a work group to develop a course of action to determine current levels of PFAS contamination in public drinking water in the Commonwealth, identify possible sources of such contamination, and evaluate approaches to regulate PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water. Following is the Virginia Legislative Information System summary of HB 586: “Direct the Commissioner of Health to convene a work group to study the occurrence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorobutyrate (PFBA), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and other perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as deemed necessary, in the Commonwealth’s public drinking water and to develop recommendations for specific maximum contaminant levels for PFOA, PFOS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFNA, and other PFAS, as deemed necessary, for inclusion in regulations of the Board of Health applicable to waterworks.”