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 July 23 – August 6, 2021; Including General Assembly Special Session Opening August 2

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

7/27/21, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 380 Fenwick Rd in Ft. Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).

7/28/21, 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).

8/3/21, 10 a.m.: Board for Waste Management Facility Operators.  At the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, Perimeter Center, Second Floor, Board Room 4, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

8/5/21, 10 a.m.: Council on Environmental Justice.  At the East Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street
in Richmond.  Electronic access at https://governor.virginia.gov/i/vcej8521, or dial in to (866) 692-4530, event code: 185 112 4819.

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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?211+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.  The Virginia General Assembly Web site is https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/.

8/2/21 – Special session of the General Assembly opens.  On June 23, 2021, Gov. Ralph Northam issued a proclamation calling the General Assembly into special session, starting August 2, 2021, to fill judicial vacancies and allocate more than $4.3 billion in federal relief funding.  A news release on the proclamation is available online at https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/june/headline-898041-en.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.

None during this period.

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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:

7/28/21, 9:30 a.m.: Stream Protection and Forestry Subcommittee.  At the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona.

8/3/21, 10 a.m.: Animal Waste Subcommittee.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

8/4/21, 9:30 a.m.: Programmatic Subcommittee.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

8/6/21, 10 a.m.: Cover Crop and Nutrient Management Subcommittee.  At the Town of Orange
Public Works Building, 235 Warren Street in Orange (Orange County).

Flooding – Coastal

Meetings of the Secretary of Natural Resources’ Technical Advisory Committee on the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework.

7/26/21, 10 a.m.: Finance Subcommittee.  At the Virginia Resources Authority, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1920, in Richmond.  Click on the meeting date for electronic access information.

7/27/21, 6 p.m.: Outreach Meeting.  At Germanna Community College, 10000 Germanna Point Drive in Fredericksburg.

7/28/21, 6 p.m.: Outreach Meeting.  At 9211 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond.

7/29/21, 6 p.m.: Outreach Meeting.  At Chesterfield County Government Complex, 10001 Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield.

8/3/21, 6 p.m.: Outreach Meeting.  At Rappahannock Community College, 12745 College Drive in Saluda (Middlesex County).

8/4/21, 6 p.m.: Outreach Meeting.  At the Northern Neck Planning District Commission Office, 457 Main Street in Warsaw (Richmond County).

8/5/21, 6 p.m.: Outreach Meeting.  At the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Office, 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake.

Mining

7/28/21, 8 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) formal hearing to review the issuance of Bond Forfeiture Order to Black River Coal, LLC Permit #1402094 in Tazewell County.  At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

7/29/21, 8 a.m.: DMME formal hearing to review complaints by complainant Larry Bush in regards to JMAC Leasing, Inc. Permit #1102325 in Wise County and Permit # 1102287 in Lee County.  At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

Ports

7/26/21 and 7/27/21: Virginia Port Authority (VPA) meetings:

7/26/21, 1:30 p.m.: Nominating Committee;

7/26/21, 2 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee;

7/26/21, 4 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee;

7/26/21, 5 p.m.: Executive Committee;

7/27/21, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners (annual and regular meeting).

All meetings at the VPA offices, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Professional and Occupational Licensing and Regulation

7/28/21, 10:30 a.m.: Board of Contractors/Department of Professional Occupation and Regulation (DPOR) public hearing on proposed amendment to regulations on the Backflow Vocational Training Requirement.  At the DPOR Office, Perimeter Center—Suite 200, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  More information on the proposed regulatory action is available online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=5559&display=stages.  According to that site, “the Board for Contractors seeks to lower the current vocational training requirement for Certified Backflow Prevention Device Workers who have less than seven years of experience in water distribution systems.”

Waste Management – Solid Waste

7/30/21, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Nonhazardous Solid Waste Fee Study Working Group.  At the DEQ’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1210, which calls 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).

8/4/21, 6 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public meeting on a proposed corrective action remedy decision and draft permit for AdvanSix Resins & Chemicals LLC’s facility in the City of Hopewell.  The facility has applied for a reissued permit to continue to conduct corrective action measures, including capping in selected areas, performance of long-term groundwater and outfall monitoring, and implementation of engineering and institutional controls.  The public comment period is July 12—August 26, 2021. 

Waterworks/Drinking Water Regulations

7/27/21, 1 p.m.: Department Of Health (VDH) Workgroup on PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water.  The Policy and Regulation Subgroup meets 7/27/21, 3 p.m.  Both meetings at the VDH, Upper Basement Room 11, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.  Click on the meeting dates for information about electronic access to the meetings.  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 July 16 – July 30, 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

7/20/21, 9 a.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  At Hardywood Park Craft Brewery—West Creek, 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive in Richmond.

7/20/21, 10 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  Electronic meeting; for access, dial in to (866) 845-1266, passcode 52769596#.

7/21/21, 9 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee.  Electronic meeting; access information not available as of 7/7/21; click on the meeting date for latest information from the Regulatory Town Hall.

7/27/21, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 380 Fenwick Rd in Ft. Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).

7/28/21, 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).

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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?211+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.  The Virginia General Assembly Web site is https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/.

8/2/21 – Special session of the General Assembly opens.  On June 23, 2021, Gov. Ralph Northam issued a proclamation calling the General Assembly into special session, starting August 2, 2021, to fill judicial vacancies and allocate more than $4.3 billion in federal relief funding.  A news release on the proclamation is available online at https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/june/headline-898041-en.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, 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)

Chesapeake Bay

7/19/21, 12 p.m., and 7/20/21, 8:30 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Commission/Virginia Delegation Retreat.  On 7/19/21, at the University of Virginia’s Coastal Research Center, 6364 Cliff Road in Cape Charles (Northampton County).  On 7/20/21, at the Eastern Shore of Virginia Barrier Islands Center, 7295 Young Street in Machipongo (Northampton County).  The agenda is online (as a PDF) at https://lis.virginia.gov/211/oth/Agenda.CBC.0719-2021.pdf.  More information about the Chesapeake Bay Commission is available online at https://www.chesbay.us/.

Energy – Solar

7/21/21, 11 a.m.: Clean Energy Advisory Board.  At the Fairfield Public Library, 1401 North Laburnum Avenue in Richmond.  The board was established by House Bill 2741 in the 2019 Virginia General Assembly for the purpose of establishing a pilot program for disbursing loans or rebates for the installation of solar energy infrastructure in low-income and moderate-income households.  The bill establishing the Board set its expiration date at July 1, 2022.

Flooding – Coastal

Meetings of the Secretary of Natural Resources’ Technical Advisory Committee on the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework.

7/26/21, 10 a.m.: Finance Subcommittee.  At the Virginia Resources Authority, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1920, in Richmond.  Click on the meeting date for electronic access information.

Flooding – Statewide

7/15/21, 1 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation question-and-answer session on the new grant round for Community Flood Preparedness Fund.  Electronic meeting; access online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/734554045; or dial in to (224) 501-3412, access Code: 734-554-045.  Information on the fund is available online at https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/dam-safety-and-floodplains/dsfpm-cfpf.  According to that site, the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund was “established by legislation passed during the 2020 session of the General Assembly.  Money in the fund comes from the auction of carbon allowances through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  The fund was established to provide support for regions and localities across Virginia to reduce the impacts of flooding, including flooding driven by climate change.  The fund will prioritize projects that are in concert with local, state and federal floodplain management standards, local resilience plans, and the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan.  The fund will empower communities to complete vulnerability assessments, and develop and implement action-oriented approaches to bolster flood preparedness and resilience.”

Mining

7/28/21, 8 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) formal hearing to review the issuance of Bond Forfeiture Order to Black River Coal, LLC Permit #1402094 in Tazewell County.  At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

7/29/21, 8 a.m.: DMME formal hearing to review complaints by complainant Larry Bush in regards to JMAC Leasing, Inc. Permit #1102325 in Wise County and Permit # 1102287 in Lee County.  At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

Professional and Occupational Licensing and Regulation

7/28/21, 10:30 a.m.: Board of Contractors/Department of Professional Occupation and Regulation (DPOR) public hearing on proposed amendment to regulations on the Backflow Vocational Training Requirement.  At the DPOR Office, Perimeter Center—Suite 200, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  More information on the proposed regulatory action is available online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=5559&display=stages.  According to that site, “the Board for Contractors seeks to lower the current vocational training requirement for Certified Backflow Prevention Device Workers who have less than seven years of experience in water distribution systems.”

Scenic Rivers

7/15/21, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At Stone House, Forest Hill Park in Richmond.

Waste Management – Solid Waste

7/30/21, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Nonhazardous Solid Waste Fee Study Working Group.  At the DEQ’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1210, which calls 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).

Waterworks/Drinking Water Regulations

7/19/21, 11 a.m.: Department Of Health (VDH) Workgroup on PFAS Contamination in Drinking WaterPolicy and Regulation Subgroup.  The full Workgroup meets 7/27/21, 1 p.m.  Both meetings at the VDH, Upper Basement Room 11, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.  Click on the meeting dates for information about electronic access to the meetings.  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.”

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.