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 June 15-28, 2018

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

6/19/18, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

6/19/18, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

6/20/18, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeals Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

6/20/18, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists.  At the Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

6/21/18, 10 a.m.: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees.  At 600 East Main Street in Richmond.

6/28/18, 9 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board.  At Swift Creek Dining Hall, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).

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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.

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.

6/20/18, 5:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in the Rappahannock River and several tributaries (Baylors Creek, Elmwood Creek and an unnamed tributary to Elmwood Creek, Jetts Creek, Mill Creek, Peedee Creek and an unnamed tributary to Peedee Creek, Portobago Creek, and Stillwater Creek), located in the Chesapeake Bay basin in Essex, Caroline, King George, Richmond, and Westmoreland counties.  At Westmoreland Fire Department, 52 Rectory Road in Montross.

6/21/18, 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.  At Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative, 26198 Craig Creek Road in New Castle (Craig County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Air-Water Connections
6/19/18, 6:30 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Danville.  At the RCATT Building, Room 115, Danville Community College, 121 Slayton Avenue in Danville.  The public comment period runs 5/18/18 to 7/5/18.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[The] current application for amendment does not include any new or modified emissions units, nor does it change any allowed emission limits at the facility.  The 2014 PSD permit, as amended in 2017, was subject to major new source review for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) for which there is no increment.  The current application does request refinement of two provisions to the current permit language.  First, the current amendment adds a parallel, equivalent, concentration-based statement of performance to the permitted destruction efficiency for the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) to address acceptable operation of that air pollution control device during expected periods of low inlet pollutant loading.  Second, the current amendment replaces the single, historic, composite, plant-wide emission limit on VOC from the application of refresher solvent with two subset emissions limits on the same emissions.  Each subset is a function of one of the two types of tires produced at the facility (that is, aircraft tires or truck tires).  …No adverse impact on air quality near the facility is expected from the implementation of these two refinements.”

Coastal Flooding
6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding.  House Room 1, The Capitol, 1000 Bank 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.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
6/26/18, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit modification for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit by Doswell Limited Partnership for the Doswell Energy Center in Ashland (Hanover County).  At the Ashland Branch Library, 201 South Railroad Avenue in Ashland.  The partnership has applied to revise its permit to combine the natural gas limit for several units and will include revisions to include tune up, startup, shutdown and malfunction changes.  The draft permit considers emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, Acrolein, and formaldehyde.  The public comment period closes 7/26/18.

Land and Watershed Management
6/19/18, 12 noon: Recreational Facilities Authority.  At the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Explore Park, 56 Roanoke River Parkway Road in Roanoke.  Virginia Code information about the Authority is available online at https://law.lis.virginia.gov/authorities/virginia-recreational-facilities-authority-act/.

Legislative Commissions
6/18/18, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  For meeting agenda and minutes, please see http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm?x=mtg.  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.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
6/19/18, 9 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearings on Cessation Orders JLB0000187, JLB0000204, and JLB0000206 for Revelation Energy LLC (Permit numbers 1102080, 1102137, and 1102135, respectively).  At the DMME Office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal conference regarding the renewal permit application for Harold Keene Coal Co, Inc., application 1010195.  At Richlands Town Hall, 200 Washington Square in Richlands (Tazewell County).  The proposed permit area is located 0.5 miles north of Raven, Va., on the Russell-Tazewell county line, in the Clinch River/Upper Tennessee River watershed.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission.  At Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville (Middlesex County).  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/.

Scenic Rivers
6/21/18, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At City Hall, 900 East Broad Street in Richmond.

Stormwater
6/25/18, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) technical advisory committee on proposed amendments to the general Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit for discharges of stormwater from construction activities.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-880.  The notice of intended regulatory action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on October 16, 2017.  More information on this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2869.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Jun. 8-Jun. 13, 2018

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

6/13/18, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive 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.

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.

6/13/18, 6:30 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)

Coastal Flooding
6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding.  House Room 1, The Capitol, 1000 Bank 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.

Energy-Fossil Fuels
6/11/18, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for Spruance Genco LLC for its cogeneration facility at 5001 Commerce Road in Richmond.  At the Richmond Public Library-Broad Rock Branch, 4820 Warwick Road in Richmond.  The company seeks to modify four coal-fired burners to use natural gas instead.  The draft permit considers emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulates, and volatile organic compounds.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 5/9/18 to 6/26/18.

Infrastructure Construction Funding
6/11/18, 1:30 p.m.: Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) Budget Committee; 6/11/18, 2 p.m.: VRA Personnel Committee; 6/11/18, 2:30 p.m.: VRA Portfolio Risk Management Committee; 6/12/18, 9 a.m.: VRA Board of Directors.  All at the VRA Office, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1920, in Richmond.

Land and Watershed Management (including Highways and Other Transportation)
6/11/18, 6 p.m.:  Spearhead Trails Board of Directors.  At 1053 Cedar Valley Drive in Cedar Bluff (Tazewell County).  Spearhead Trials is an initiative of the Southwest Regional Recreation Area; more information is available online at https://spearheadtrails.com/about-us/.

6/13/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on the development of a Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) for the Northern Virginia.  At the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Suite 200, 3040 Williams Drive in Fairfax.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for the meeting: “This is a notice for the second meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for development of the Salt Management Strategy (SaMS).  Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for chloride associated with salt application from snow and ice management have been developed for the Accotink Creek watershed, located in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.  These TMDLs are currently in the approval process.  The SaMS is intended to assist in the implementation of the Accotink Creek chloride TMDLs.  The SaMS aims to prepare a strategy that is capable of achieving the target chloride (salt) loads identified in the Accotink Creek TMDLs and that proactively addresses salt application in the broader surrounding region.  The project area for the SaMS includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, Falls Church, and Fairfax.  For more information on the SaMS visit http://www.deq.virginia.gov/SaMS.aspx.  …All meeting materials related to this project will be posted on the DEQ website at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/SaMS/MeetingMaterials.aspx.

Legislative Commissions
6/18/18, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  For meeting agenda and minutes, please see http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm?x=mtg.  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.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
6/13/18, 1 p.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Orphaned Land Advisory Committee.  At Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown (Frederick County).  This committee assists the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s (DMME) Division of Mineral Mining in prioritizing sites to be reclaimed via funding from the Orphaned Land Fund.  In 1978, Virginia passed legislation establishing a non-coal orphaned land reclamation program intended to reclaim lands affected by mining for some 50 metals and other minerals during Virginia’s history.  Funds for the program come from interest on money in a state-managed, industry self-bonding programMore information on Virginia’s Orphan Land Program is available online at http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMM/olap.shtml.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission.  At Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville (Middlesex County).  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/.

Scenic Rivers
6/11/18, 4:30 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for May 3-May 16, 2018

Please note: The Water Central News Grouper will be on vacation in May 2018.  This will be the last government meetings post until the first week of June 2018.

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

5/8/18, 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.  On 5/8/18 at 11 a.m.: Land Surveyors Exam Workshop, at the same location.

5/8/18, 6 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Fisheries Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

5/10/18, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation.  At Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville (Warren County).

5/11/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee.  At the James Madison Building, 5th Floor Main Conference Room, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.

5/11/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Radiation Advisory Board.  At the Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  This meeting will include discussion of the 2018 Virginia General Assembly’s House Bill 1534, which calls for a radon study by the Health Department.

5/14/18, 7 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Board.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

5/15/18, 2 p.m.: Marine Products Board.  At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Watermen’s Hall , 1375 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).

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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.

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.

5/3/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public input meeting on Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan/Agricultural Sector for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), published in December 2010.  At Powhatan Hall, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, DCR is soliciting input from its partners within the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the development of the agricultural component of the Phase III Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP III).  These meetings are the first round of discussions to determine how best to meet the revised WIP III nutrient reduction goals for agriculture by the year 2025.  Other sectors will hold similar meetings at other dates and/or locations.  Other meetings on the agricultural sector are as follows:
5/9/18, 10 a.m., at the Tidewater AREC, 6321 Holland Road in Suffolk;
5/16/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 75 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/22/18, 10 a.m., at the Culpeper Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Chesapeake Bay
5/3/18, 1 p.m., at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C.; and 5/4/18, 8 a.m., at the Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, in Washington [link to PDF of agenda]: Chesapeake Bay Commission.  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 regular meeting will be September 6-7, 2018, in Woodbridge, Va.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
5/14/18, 6:30 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft amendment to a Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for Virginia Electric and Power Company (a Dominion Virginia Power subsidiary) at the Greensville County Power Station.  At the Greensville County Board Room, 1781 Greensville County Circle in Emporia.  The draft permit amendment considers emissions of  carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulates, and volatile organic compounds.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 4/11/18 to 5/29/18.

5/16/18, 7 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft major source construction permit for Norcraft Companies LLC  in Lynchburg.  At the Forest Public Library, 15583 Forest Road in Forest (Bedford County).  The draft permit amendment considers emissions of particulates and volatile organic compounds.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 4/12/18 to 5/31/18.

Scenic Rivers
5/12/18, 4:30 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
5/9/18, 9 a.m., : Department of Health (VDH) public comment meeting on Regulations for Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems, 12 VAC 5-613 in the Virginia Administrative Code.  At the Fire and Rescue Training Center, 16600 Courage Court in Leesburg (Loudoun County).  VDH is soliciting public comments prior to considering proposed amendments and revisions to the Alternative Onsite Sewage System Regulations.  Other public comment meetings are as follows:
5/10/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/14/18, 1:30 p.m., at the Perimeter Center, Board Room 4, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond;
5/22/18, 1:30 p.m., at Training Room A, 135 Hall Avenue in Suffolk.
Previous meetings were as follows:
5/2/18 in Wytheville (Wythe County).

Chesapeake Bay Commission Meeting on May 3-4, 2018, Washington, D.C.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission will meet May 3-4, 2018, at in Washington, D.C.  The agenda for the meeting is available online (as a PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/181/oth/Agenda.CBC.0503-0418.pdf.  The Commission will meet again on September 6-7, 2018, in Woodbridge, Va.; and November 8-9, 2018, at a location in Maryland.  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.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Apr. 26-May 9, 2018

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

5/2/18, 12 noon: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road Williamsburg.  On 5/3/18 at 9 a.m., the Board’s Preservation Trust Fund Committee meets at a location to be determined.

5/8/18, 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.  On 5/8/18 at 11 a.m.: Land Surveyors Exam Workshop, at the same location.

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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.

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.

5/3/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public input meeting on Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan/Agricultural Sector for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), published in December 2010.  At Powhatan Hall, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, DCR is soliciting input from its partners within the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the development of the agricultural component of the Phase III Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP III).  These meetings are the first round of discussions to determine how best to meet the revised WIP III nutrient reduction goals for agriculture by the year 2025.  Other sectors will hold similar meetings at other dates and/or locations.  Other meetings on the agricultural sector are as follows:
5/9/18, 10 a.m., at the Tidewater AREC, 6321 Holland Road in Suffolk;
5/16/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 75 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/22/18, 10 a.m., at the Culpeper Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Ports
4/30/18, 2 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Finance and Audit Committee.  At 101 West Main Street, 600 World Trade Center in Norfolk.

Stormwater
5/2/18, 10 a.m.: Stormwater Best Management Practices Clearinghouse Stakeholders Group.  At the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, 1005 Technology Park Drive in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Clearinghouse is a Web site on design standards and specifications of stormwater BMPs in Virginia.  More information about the Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse is available at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/swc/.  The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
4/26/18, 10 a.m.:  Technical Advisory Committee meeting on amendment and reissuance of the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit Regulation for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity.  At the Bank of America Building, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-151.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action on this rulemaking was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on February 19, 2018.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1809.

5/2/18, 1:30 p.m.: Department of Health (VDH) public comment meeting on Regulations for Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems, 12 VAC 5-613 in the Virginia Administrative Code.  At Room 122, Smyth Hall, Wytheville Community College, 1000 East Main Street in Wytheville (Wythe County).  VDH is soliciting public comments prior to considering proposed amendments and revisions to the Alternative Onsite Sewage System Regulations.  Other public comment meetings are as follows:
5/9/18, 9 a.m., at the Fire and Rescue Training Center, 16600 Courage Court in Leesburg (Loudoun County);
5/10/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/14/18, 1:30 p.m., at the Perimeter Center, Board Room 4, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond;
5/22/18, 1:30 p.m., at Training Room A, 135 Hall Avenue in Suffolk.

Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operator Regulations
4/26/18, 9 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee/subgroup on cross-connection and backflow preventionAt Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.  The Advisory Committee is considering possible amendments to the Waterworks Regulations (12 VAC 5-590 in the Virginia Administrative Code).  This subgroup is considering Sections 55 and 585 through 610.  A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 10/30/17.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=7976.

4/26/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee/subgroup on safe yieldAt 109 Governor Street in RichmondThe Advisory Committee is considering possible amendments to the Waterworks Regulations (12 VAC 5-590 in the Virginia Administrative Code).  This subgroup is considering Section 830.  A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 10/30/17.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=7976.

National Prescription Drug Take-back Day is April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018, is the next scheduled 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.  Proper disposal helps prevent improper drug use and helps keep chemicals out of waterways.

To see if a take-back day is happening near you,  visit the U.S. Department of Justice “National Prescription Drug Take Back” Web site, http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you; or call your local police or sheriff’s department.

For an audio take on proper disposal of medications, have a listen to Virginia Water Radio Episode 417 (4-23-18) (3 min./42 sec.).

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – April 10, 2018, Edition

Please note: Due to changes in staff at the Virginia Water Resources Research Center starting in May 2018, this will be the last update in this series of posts on Virginia water-related events.  For current information on water-related conferences and other events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

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 33rd annual festival runs June 16-23, 2018.

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 wellwater@vt.edu.

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 swatts@sercap.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 1-4, 2018, Richmond: Virginia Forestry Summit.  Organized by the Virginia Forestry Association.  More information: http://www.vaforestry.org/; (804) 278-8733; vfa@vaforestry.org.

May 8-9, 2018, Staunton:  Virginia Turfgrass Council’s Come to the Valley Conference.  More information: http://www.cometothevalley.org/; (757) 464-1004  (Virginia Beach); e-mail: vaturf@verizon.net.

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: vasoffice@vacadsci.org.

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: bgoin@vt.edu.

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 cleanva@longwood.edu.

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 ssmith@elizabethriver.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:mrace@gcbsr.org.

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: shakeout@cusec.org.

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).