Category Archives: Events

Water-related public meetings by Virginia’s legislature, agencies, citizen boards, and other entities. Usually posted weekly, for the upcoming two weeks.

Virginia Water-related Public Meetings for September 23 – October 8, 2021

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 Subcommittee9/23/21, 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)

Agriculture/Forestry

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.

Mining

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.

Ports

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.”

Virginia Water-related Public Meetings for September 16 – October 1, 2021

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

9/16/21, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Invasive Species Work Group.  At Powhatan Banquet Hall, Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).

9/17/21, 1 p.m.: Council on Environmental Justice/Emerging Issues Subcommittee.  Electronic meeting; access online at https://governor.virginia.gov/i/qejsu; or dial in to (866) 692-4530, access code: 2420 756 2299.

9/21/21, 9 a.m.: Marine Products Board.  At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1375 Greate Road in
Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).

9/21/21, 4 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Aquaculture Management Advisory Committee.  At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1375 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).

CANCELED9/22/21, 10 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority.  At Libbie Mill-Henrico County Public Library, 2100 Libbie Lake E Street in Richmond.  Click on the meeting date for information about electronic access.

9/23/21, 9 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Audit Subcommittee9/23/21, 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.

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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/.

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, visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Development Web site.  There are links at that site to search for draft and approved TMDLs.

None during this period.

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MEETINGS ON SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Flooding – Coastal

Meetings of the Secretary of Natural Resources’ Technical Advisory Committee on the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework
9/17/21, 10 a.m.: Outreach Subcommittee.  At 1111 East Broad Street, Conference Room 1, in Richmond.
9/20/21, 5 p.m.: Community meeting.  At Hampton Roads Community Action Project (HRCAP), 2410 Wickham Avenue in Newport News.
9/21/21, 5 p.m.: Community meeting.  At Hampton Roads Community Action Project (HRCAP), 1919 Commerce Drive in Hampton.
9/22/21, 1 p.m.: Federal Installation Partnerships Subcommittee.  At the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake.
9/27/21, 5 p.m.: Community meeting.  At Corporate Landing Middle School, 1597 Corporate Landing Parkway in Virginia Beach.

Fort Monroe

9/16/21, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees.  At Fort Monroe Theatre
42 Tidball Road in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton.  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/.

Infrastructure – Wastewater

9/22/21, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Wastewater Infrastructure Policy Working Group/Western Region Roundtable.  At Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, 347 Campbell Avenue, SW, in Roanoke.  Electronic access online at https://vdhoep.webex.com/vdhoep/j.php?MTID=m3e5e1d771c3f913c372a8487d6d0b241.

This Working Group is tasked with assessing the wastewater infrastructure needs in the Commonwealth and developing policy recommendations.

Mining or Mined Land Reclamation

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.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions

9/22/21, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission.  At Graves Mountain Lodge in Madison County.  Meeting information online at https://rrbcnews.wordpress.com/meetings-events/.  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

9/16/21, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At Richmond City Hall, 900 East Broad Street.

Waste Management – Solid Waste

9/22/21, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Nonhazardous Solid Waste Fee Study Working Group.  At the Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly in Senate Bill 1210 called for working groups to assist the DEQ in “developing recommendations for annual fee schedules for nonhazardous solid waste management facilities and annual maintenance fees for certain water withdrawal permits to replace the current annual fee schedules” (according to the Virginia Legislative Information System summary of Senate Bill 1210).

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 forMountain 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.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 6-1-20: Music to Observe Virginia Cave Week, May 31-June 6

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of June 1, 2020, is “Observing Virginia Cave Week with ‘In the Cave’ by Pepe Deluxé.”  The 4 min./12 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/06/episode-527-6-1-20-observing-virginia.html, features remarkable music performed in a remarkable Virginia landmark created by groundwater.  This episode revises and replaces an episode from April 2013.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 3-11-19: Do the Drill Again for Tornado Preparedness

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of March 11, 2019, is “Tornado Preparedness and Virginia’s Statewide Tornado Drill.”   The 5 min./00 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/03/episode-463-3-11-19-tornado-safety-and.html, focuses on tornado safety and preparedness, including Virginia’s statewide tornado drill on March 19, 2019.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 12-31-18: Water in New Year’s Traditions, 2019 Edition

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of December 31, 2018, is “Water and the 2019 New Year.”  The 3 min./57 sec. episode is available online at this link.  The episode describes some water-related New Year observances and celebrations in Virginia and around the world, including the dropping of a giant Walleye model in Port Clinton, Ohio.  The episode features music by high school students at World Community Education Center in Bedford, Va., with accompaniment by members of the Blacksburg, Va.-based band Sweet Chalybeate.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

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.

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).

Shenandoah River Algae Monitoring is Focus of March 29, 2018, Webinar by Va. Dept. Environmental Quality

On March 29, 2018, at 10 a.m., the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public informational Webinar on the Shenandoah River Monitoring Plan/algal field methods development.  Webinar registration online at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8157969848076699649.

According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Notice for the 3/29/18 Webinar, “In response to citizen concerns raised about algae growth in the Shenandoah River, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) prioritized 5 stream segments, totaling about 25 river miles, for follow-up monitoring in 2016 and 2017.  DEQ will hold a public informational webinar on March 29…to share the agency’s progress on the development of algal field monitoring and assessment methods in the Shenandoah River.”

More information on the development of the Shenandoah algae methods is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityAssessments/ShenandoahAlgae.aspx.

Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill on March 20, 2018

Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at 9:45 a.m.  If widespread severe weather threatens the Commonwealth on that date, the drill will be on Wednesday, March 21, at 9:45 a.m.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management information about the 2018 drill is available online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/tornadodrill/.

According to that Web site, “the Statewide Tornado Drill is a yearly opportunity to prepare Virginians for tornado emergencies and to test public warning systems. …At approximately 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over NOAA Weather Radios.  This test signal will sound a tone alert, show a test message or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning.  Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will also broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System.”

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April 14, 2011, photo of a Pulaski, Va., house damaged by a tornado on April 8 of that year.