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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).

Reducing Carbon Emissions from Power Plants in Virginia – Public Hearings in March 2018 on Proposed Carbon-trading Regulation; Proposal Follows Gov. Executive Directive Issued May 16, 2017

Following is information on Virginia’s process in 2017-18 to develop regulations to reduce carbon emissions from electric power plants.  The latest update to this post is February 21, 2018.

As of February 2018, the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) were planning a series of public hearings on proposed carbon dioxide (CO2)-trading regulation.  The planned public hearings are as follows (dates are hyperlinked to Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notices):
3/7/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Southwest Regional Office, 355 Deadmore Street in Abingdon.  Other public hearings will be as follows:
3/12/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Tidewater Regional Office, 5636 Southern Boulevard in Virginia Beach;
3/14/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg;
3/15/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge (Prince William County);
3/19/18, 1:30 p.m., at the DEQ Central Office, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.

The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 5-140.   More information on this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=4818.  According to the “Action Summary” at that Web site, “[t]he purpose of the proposed action is to develop a regulation, in accordance with Executive Directive 11 (2017), ‘Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Power Facilities and Growing Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy,’ that (i) ensures that Virginia is trading-ready to allow for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide (CO2) allowances through a multi-state trading program, and (ii) establishes abatement mechanisms that provide for a corresponding level of stringency to CO2 limits imposed in other states with such limits.”

On May 16, 2017, then-Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed and announced Executive Directive 11, which instructed the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to begin a process of developing regulations to reduce carbon emissions from electric power plants.  The directive is available online (as a PDF) at http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf.  Following is an excerpt from the directive: “I hereby direct the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, in coordination with the Secretary of Natural Resources, to take the following actions…
1. Develop a proposed regulation for the State Air Pollution Control Board’s consideration to abate, control, or limit carbon dioxide emissions from electric power facilities that: a. Includes provisions to ensure that Virginia’s regulation is “trading-ready” to allow for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide allowances through a multi-state trading program; and b. Establishes abatement mechanisms providing for a corresponding level of stringency to limits on carbon dioxide emissions imposed in other states with such limits.
2. By no later than December 31, 2017, present the proposed regulation to the State Air Pollution Control Board for consideration for approval for public comment….”

The May 16, 2017, directive followed the report on May 12, 2017, of the Executive Order 57 Work Group, which Mr. McAuliffe established in June 2016 to study and make recommendations about reducing carbon emissions from the Commonwealth’s power plants.  The group’s final report, along with more information about Executive Order 57, is available online at https://naturalresources.virginia.gov/initiatives/eo-57/.  Please see this link for a previous Water Central News Grouper post on the Work Group.

On June 26, 2017, a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations.  In August 2017, a Regulatory Advisory Committee was formed to provide advice to the DEQ on development of the CO2 regulations.  The committee held its first meeting on August 3, 2017; information on that meeting is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=26367.

Additional Source: Governor McAuliffe Takes Executive Action to Reduce Carbon Emissions Across Virginia; “Clean Energy Virginia” initiative will cap greenhouse gases and grow Virginia’s clean energy economy, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 5/16/17.

Following are some news media accounts on Executive Directive 11, listed from newest to oldest.
Virginia Begins Development of Cap-and-Trade Program for Electric Power Sector, National Law Review, 5/19/17.
Wagner takes aim at McAuliffe carbon order; critics say he’s seeking attention, Daily Press, 5/19/17.
Amid longshot run for governor, Wagner says he’ll call emergency hearing to fight McAuliffe’s climate change plan, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/19/17.
Virginia Governor Orders Power Plant Carbon Regulations, POWER Magazine, 5/18/17.
Bucking D.C. and Republican legislature, Virginia governor moves to limit carbon emissions, ThinkProgress (Center for American Progress Action Fund), 5/17/17.
McAuliffe Moves to Cap Utility Carbon Emissions, Bacon’s Rebellion, 5/17/17.
McAuliffe moves to curb carbon emissions blamed for sea level rise, [Newport News] Daily Press, 5/16/17.
McAuliffe: Virginia will regulate carbon emissions; ‘the threat of climate change is real’, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/16/17.
McAuliffe proposes statewide carbon cap, Washington Post, 5/16/17.
Virginia AG: State board can regulate carbon pollution, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/12/17.
Will Virginia forge its own path on carbon regulation?, Richmond Times-Dispatch,

Virginia’s Annual Statewide Tornado Drill will be 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.

According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s notice about the 2018 drill (online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/news-local/statewide-drills/), “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.”

To participate, see “How to Conduct a Tornado Drill,” online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/emergency-management-community/emergency-management-resources/tornado-drill/.

More Information from the VDEM on tornado safety is available online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/prepare-recover/threat/tornadoes/.  Please see also the Water Central News Grouper Post, Tornado Preparedness in Virginia.

In Town of Pulaski Apr14 03 USED RADIO 3-11-14 Grouper 2-20-18

April 14, 2011, photo of damage in Pulaski, Va., from a tornado on April 8 of that year.

A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States and Elsewhere – February 15, 2018, Edition

Here are some water-related meetings in the United States and other countries in coming months.  Following that is a list of water-related or land use-related organizations holding annual conferences or other annual events, listed in alphabetical order by organization or event name.

This post is updated as the Virginia Water Resources Research Center learns of new events and a new version is re-posted at least quarterly.  If you would like an event added, please send basic information (date, location, event title, event organizer, Web site, and contact information) to water@vt.edu with subject line: For Water Central Editor.

Some of the information for this edition was provided by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC), supported in part by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizen Monitoring Grant Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Virginia Department of Health.  More information about the VWMC is available online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

This post is for non-Virginia events; for water meetings and other events in the Old Dominion, please see the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s online Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va. (shown here in Sep. 2014) annually hosts many water-related meetings, including the Chesapeake Watershed Forum each fall.

 

2018 Events

Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2018, Toronto, Canada: 51st International Conference on Water Management Modeling.  More information: https://www.icwmm.org/.

March 12-16, 2018, San Diego, Calif.: Sixth International Marine Debris Conference.  Organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and UN Environment.  More information: https://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/.

March 14-15, 2018, Raleigh, N.C.: Annual Conference of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina.  More information: https://wrri.ncsu.edu/wrri-events/annual-conference/.

Mar. 19-21, 2018, Portland, Ore.: Design-Build for Water/ Wastewater Conference.  More information: https://www.dbia.org/Conferences/water/Pages/default.aspx.

Mar. 25-28, 2018, Seattle, Wash.: Sustainable Water Management Conference.  Organized by the American Water Resources Association.  More information: https://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/sustainable-water-management.aspx.

Mar. 26-29, 2018, Orlando, Fla.: National Hurricane Conference.  More information: http://hurricanemeeting.com/.

Mar. 28, 2018, Tucson, Ariz.: Arizona Water Resources Research Center annual conference.  This year’s theme is “The Business of Water.”  More information: https://wrrc.arizona.edu/conferences/2018; phone: (520) 621-9591; e-mail: wrrc@email.arizona.edu.

Apr. 10, 2018, location to be determined: National Watershed and Stormwater Conference.  Organized by the Center for Watershed Protection.   More information: https://www.cwp.org/conference/; phone: (410) 461-8323 (Ellicott City, Md.); e-mail: cps@cwp.org (Chris Swann).

Apr. 15-17, 2018, Burlington, Vt.: 74th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference.  More information: http://www.neafwa.org/conference.html.

Apr. 16-20, 2018, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology.  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/33rd-conference-on-hurricanes-and-tropical-meteorology/.

Apr. 22-25, 2018, Orlando, Fla.: GIS and Water Resources X.  Spring specialty conference of the American Water Resources Association.  More information https://awra.org/meetings/Orlando2018/index.html; (540) 687-8390 (Middleburg, Va.); e-mail: info@awra.org.

Apr. 24-26, 2018, Washington, D.C.: American Meteorological Society Washington Forum.  This year’s theme is “Connecting Science and Technology with Business and Public Policy.”  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/2018-ams-washington-forum/.

Apr. 24-26, 2018, Fort Collins, Colo.: FLOW 2018 Workshop.  The theme this year is “Managing Rivers, Reservoirs, and Lakes in the Face of Drought.”  Organized by the Instream Flow Council.  More information: http://www.instreamflowcouncil.org/conferences-flow-2018/.

May, 22-23, 2018: Annual conference of the Choose Clean Water Coalition (a group of some 200 organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; based in Annapolis, Md.).  More information http://choosecleanwater.org/; (443) 759-3407; info@choosecleanwater.org.

Jun. 26-29, 2018, Nebraska and Wyoming: University of Nebraska Water Center’s Annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information: http://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/water-for-food/nebraska-water-center/conferences-and-events.

Jun. 3-7, 2018, Minneapolis, Minn.: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  More information: https://www.ewricongress.org/.

Jun. 11-14, 2018, Las Vegas, Nev.: American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition.  More information: https://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/annual-conference.aspx.

Jun. 12-14, 2018, Annapolis, Md.: Sixth Biennial Chesapeake Modeling Symposium.  Organized by the Chesapeake Community Modeling Program.  More information: visit this Facebook page, or http://ches.communitymodeling.org/.

Jun. 17-22, 2018, Madrid, Spain: 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering.  Organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  More information: https://www.asme.org/events/omae.

Jun. 18-20, 2018, Portland, Ore.: 22nd Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information: http://www.gcande.org/.

Jun. 18-21, 2018, Raleigh, N.C.: Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference 2018.  Organized by the Water Environment Federation in cooperation with the North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association and the Water Research Foundation.  More information: http://www.ncsafewater.org/news/380410/WEF-News-Nutrient-Removal-and-Recovery-Call-for-Abstracts.htm; e-mail: Nutrient2018@wef.org.

Jun. 20-23, 2018, Washington, D.C.: Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference.  More information: http://aessconference.org/.

Jun. 26-28, 2018, Pittsburgh, Penn.: Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)/ National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) Conference.  More information: http://ucowr.org/conferences.

Jul. 9-11, 2018, Fort Worth, Tex.: The Science, Management, and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater.  Summer conference of the American Water Resources Association.  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/FortWorth2018/index.html; (540) 687-8390 (Middleburg, Va.); info@awra.org.

Jul. 10-12, 2018, Minneapolis, Minn: One Water Summit.  Organized by the U.S. Water Alliance.  More information: http://uswateralliance.org/summit/one-water-summit-2018.

Jul. 15-20, 2018, Long Beach, Calif.: National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.marine-ed.org/page/2018Conference.

Jul. 23-26, 2018, Boston, Mass.: Utility Leadership Conference and 48th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.  More information: http://www.nacwa.org/conferences-events/event-at-a-glance/2018/07/23/nacwa-events/utility-leadership-conference-48th-annual-meeting.

Jul. 23-26, 2018, Shepherdstown, W.Va.: Sixth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds.  This year’s theme is “Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems: Research and Management for a Changing Future.”  Organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in partnership with several other federal agencies and CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science).  More information: http://www.cvent.com/events/6th-interagency-conference-on-research-in-the-watersheds/event-summary-3567aed4bb4040af82b1040895667932.aspx.

Jul. 29-Aug. 1, 2018, Albuquerque, N.M.: Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference.  More information: https://www.swcs.org/events/.

Aug. 5-10, 2018, New Orleans, La.: Ecological Society of American Annual Meeting.  More information: https://esa.org/neworleans/.

Aug. 6-10, 2018, New York, N.Y.: 10th International Conference on Urban Climate and 14th Symposium on the Urban Environment.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/10th-international-conference-on-urban-climate-14th-symposium-on-the-urban-environment/

Aug. 19-23, 2018, Atlantic City, N.J.: 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society.  More information: https://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/.

Aug. 26-31, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden: World Water Week.  This year’s theme is “Water, Ecosystems, and Human Development.”  Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).  More information: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/.

Sep. 9-12, 2018, Tampa, Fla.: Annual Meeting of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  More information: http://fishwildlife.org/?section=upcoming-meeting-sites.

Sep. 12-14, 2018, San Francisco, Calif.: Global Climate Action Summit.  More information: https://globalclimateactionsummit.org/.

Sep. 17-19, 2018, Fort Worth, Tex.: National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference.  More information: https://waterproconference.org/.

Sep. 28-Oct. 3, 2018, Atlanta, Ga.: American Society of Plumbing Engineers and American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association Co-Conference.  More information: http://expo.aspe.org/ASPE2018/Public/Enter.aspx.

Sep. 29-Oct. 3, 2018, New Orleans, La.: WEFTEC 2018—91st Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference [on water quality technology, education, and training].  Organized by the Water Environment Federation (headquartered in Alexandria, Va.).  More information: https://www.weftec.org/; phone (703) 684-2400.

Oct. 3-5, 2018, Hilton Head, S.C.: Annual Southeast Stormwater Association Regional Stormwater Conference.  More information: https://seswa.memberclicks.net/annual-conference.

Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2018, Cincinnati, Ohio: 38th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society.  More information: https://www.nalms.org/nalms2018/.

Nov. 4-7, 2018, Baltimore, Md.: Annual joint meeting of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.  More information: https://www.acsmeetings.org/.

Nov. 4-7, 2018, Indianapolis, Ind.: Geological Society of American Annual Meeting and Exposition.  More information: http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Future_Annual_Meetings/GSA/Events/Annual_Meeting.aspx.

Nov. 4-8, 2018, Baltimore, Md: American Water Resources Association Annual Conference.  More information: https://awra.org/index.html; (540) 687-8390 (Middleburg, Va.); e-mail: info@awra.org.

Nov. 4-8, 2018, Sacramento, Calif.: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North American Annual Meeting.  More information: https://sacramento.setac.org/.

Dec. 10-14, 2018, Washington, D.C.: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.  More information: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2017/future-meetings/.

Sampler of Water-related/Land Use-related Organizations Holding Annual Conferences (in Alphabetical Order)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  More information: http://meetings.aaas.org/.

American Fisheries Society.  More information: http://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.  More information: https://sites.agu.org/.

American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Oceanography Society joint Ocean Sciences Meeting. More information: http://osm.agu.org/2016/.

American Meteorological Society. More information: https://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/.

American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.  More information: https://www.acsmeetings.org/.

American Water Resources Association (AWRA).  More information: http://www.awra.org/index.html; (540) 687-8390 (Middleburg, Va.); info@awra.org.

American Water Works Association.  More information: http://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/annual-conference.aspx.

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.  More information: http://congress.cmos.ca/.

Chesapeake Watershed Forum.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: https://allianceforthebay.org/our-work/engaging-local-communities/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or contact@allianceforthebay.org.

Choose Clean Water Coalition (a group of some 200 organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; based in Annapolis, Md.).  More information http://choosecleanwater.org/; (443) 759-3407; info@choosecleanwater.org.

Colorado Water Congress.  More information: http://www.cowatercongress.org/summer-conference.html; phone (303) 837-0812.

Ecological Society of America.  More information: http://esa.org.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information: http://www.gcande.org/.

Groundwater Protection Council and National Rural Water Association’s (NWRA) WaterPro Conference.  More information: http://waterproconference.org/.

High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show.  Organized by the Texas A&M University Agrilife Research and Extension Center.  More information: http://amarillo.tamu.edu/high-plains-irrigation-conference/; phone (806) 677-5644.

Maryland Water Monitoring Council.  More information: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/streams/Pages/MWMC/conference.aspx.

Multi-State Salinity Coalition.  More information: http://multi-statesalinitycoalition.com/events/.

National Hurricane Conference.  More information: http://hurricanemeeting.com/.

National Marine Educators Association.  More information: http://www.marine-ed.org/?page=events; phone (844) 687-6632; e-mail: nmea@marine-ed.org.

National Water Quality Monitoring Council.  More information: https://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/.

North American Association for Environmental Education.  More information: https://naaee.org/conference; phone: (202) 419-0412 (Washington, D.C.).

North American Lake Management Society.  More information: https://www.nalms.org/nalms-symposia/; phone (608) 233-2836 (Madison, Wisc.).

North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Organized by the Wildlife Management Institute.  More information: https://wildlifemanagement.institute/#/conference.

Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference. More information: http://www.neafwa.org/.

Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project.  Organized by the Maryland Conservation Council.  More information: http://www.mdconservationcouncil.org/save-the-date-tues-oct-24th-pesticides-the-chesapeake-bay-watershed-project/; mdconservationcouncil@yahoo.com.

Shellfish Restoration International Conference.  Organized by South Carolina Sea Grant.  More information: http://www.scseagrant.org/content/?cid=297; phone (843) 953-2078.

Society of American Foresters. More information: http://www.xcdsystem.com/safconference/website/.

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  More information: https://www.setac.org/.

Soil and Water Conservation Society.  More information: http://www.swcs.org/en/conferences/.

South Carolina Water Resources Conference.  Organized by Clemson University Public Service Activities.  More information: http://www.clemson.edu/public/sc_water_resources/index.html.

Sustaining Colorado Watersheds.  Organized by the Colorado Watershed Assembly, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, and Colorado Riparian Association.  More information: http://www.coloradowater.org/scw-conference-2017/; phone (720) 722-4213; e-mail: info@coloradowater.org.

Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR), the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI).  More information: http://ucowr.org/conferences; or contact UCOWR at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, (618) 536-7571 or ucowr@siu.edu.

University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.  More information: https://ccaps.umn.edu/minnesota-water-resources-conference.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center’s annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information: https://watercenter.unl.edu/water-tour.

Water Environment Federation (WEFTEC).  More information: http://www.weftec.org/meetings_events/default.aspx.

Water for Food Global Conference.  More information: http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/conference-and-events/; phone (402) 472-5145; e-mail: waterforfood@nebraska.edu.

Water Management Modeling International Conference.  Organized by Computational Hydraulics International (CHI) of Guelph, Ontario.  More information: http://www.chiwater.com/Training/Conferences/conferencetoronto.asp.

Water Week.  Organized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, and Water Environment Research Foundation.  More information: http://www.nacwa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=4.

Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting. Organized by the U.S. Geological Survey’s South Dakota Water Science Center and several partners.  More information: http://sd.water.usgs.gov/WSDconf/; Janet Carter, (605) 394-3215 or jmcarter@usgs.gov.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Feb. 15-Feb. 28, 2018, Including Virginia General Assembly Information

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

2/15/18, 10 a.m.: Outdoors Foundation.  At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.  The Foundation’s Preservation Trust Fund Committee meets that day at 9 a.m. at the same location.

2/20/18, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

2/24/18, 11 a.m.: Cave Board.  At the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue in Staunton.

2/27/18, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS

For meetings of legislative committees and commissions, see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?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.

Jan. 10-Mar. 2018: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  The 2018 General Assembly convenes on January 10 and is scheduled for 60 days; this is a so-called “long session,” which is held in all even-numbered years.  The reconvened (“veto”) session will be held in April.  During long sessions, the Commonwealth’s budget for the upcoming two years is set; amendments to the current biennial budget may be considered both in long and short sessions.  In some years, sessions are extended beyond the scheduled length, particularly for budget discussions (any session may be extended for up to 30 days).  The General Assembly’s Web site, http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php, offers several useful features, including member lists, session calendars, live video of floor sessions, and information on legislative processes.  The Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site, http://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm, provides lists and summaries of all bills, searchable by topic, member, committee, etc.  Live video streams of floor sessions are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the House and http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the Senate.  Committees are key parts of the General Assembly process. Legislation about water or about activities that can affect water may be assigned to any of several standing committees, most of which meet weekly during the General Assembly session.  As of 2018, live streaming of committee meetings is available.  Information on live streaming of House committee meetings is online at https://publications.virginiageneralassembly.gov/display_publication/209;  for Senate committee meetings, online at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.

Two committees that receive many (but not all) of the water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. (2018 location to be determined, as of 1/10/18); and the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Thursdays, one-half hour after adjournment of the day’s floor session, in the Senate Committee Room on the ground floor of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.  Information about all standing committees as of the 2018 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/181/com/COM.HTM.

Relevant subcommittee meetings for this period:

2/19/18, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Subcommittee #1.  Room E400-B, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/21/18, 3 p.m.: House Appropriations Committee/Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee.  Room E007, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

Natural resource-related caucus meetings for this period:

2/15/18, 7 a.m.: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.  House Subcommittee Room 2, Room E200-B, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

2/19/18, 4:30 p.m.: Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus.  Room E200-B, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.

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MEETINGS ABOUT TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS (or TMDLs) for IMPAIRED WATERS

For more information about TMDLs in Virginia, click here for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Web site; click on “Public Notices” in the menu to the left to access upcoming meetings and public-comment periods.  A search tool to find approved TMDL reports is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/TMDL/TMDLDevelopment/ApprovedTMDLReports.aspx.

None during this period.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Energy – Wind
2/28/18, 10 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority.  According to the Authority’s Web site, http://wind.jmu.edu/offshore/vowda/index.html, the 2010 Virginia General Assembly (companion bills HB 389 and SB 577) created this Authority to “facilitate, coordinate, and support development of the offshore wind energy industry, offshore wind energy projects, and supply chain vendors….”

Land and Watershed Management
2/26/18, 6 p.m.: Spearhead Trails Board of Directors.  At Dungannon Depot, 344 Phoenix Street in Dungannon (Scott County).  This meeting is sponsored by the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority, online at https://heartofappalachia.com/.  Spearhead Trials is an initiative of the Southwest Regional Recreation Area; more information is available online at https://spearheadtrails.com/about-us/.

Scenic Rivers
2/15/18, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At Richmond City Hall.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
2/16/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) technical advisory committee on proposed amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for discharges of stormwater from construction activities.  At the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, 1005 Technology Park Drive 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.

2/21/18, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulatory advisory panel meeting on the triennial review of water-quality standards for bacteria, ammonia, cadmium and human health criteria) (9 VAC 25-260 in the Virginia Administrative Code).  At the DEQ Central Office, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  As of February 2018, this panel is focusing on the bacteria element of the review and proposed amendments, responding to comments received during the public comment period in fall 2017.  According to DEQ information online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityStandards/LawsMandates.aspx, Virginia Code section 62.1-44.15 (3a), part of Virginia’s State Water Control Law, requires the State Water Control Board to review and update the Commonwealth’s water-quality standards at least every three years.  The Board conducted a triennial review in 2015, but the Board deferred to a separate rulemaking updates to freshwater aquatic life criteria for ammonia, amendments to the 94 human health criteria, and new EPA recommendations for recreation waters criteria (bacteria) and aquatic life (potentially for cadmium and selenium) (Board action taken at January 14, 2016, meeting).  The proposed amendments on these itmes were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on September 18, 2017.  The public comment period runs 9/19/17 to 11/17/17.  More information on these proposed amendments is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=3171&display=stages.  More information on the triennial review overall is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4017.

2/26/18: 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel on the James River Chlorophyll Study.  At the DEQ’s Central Office 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  The panel is assisting the DEQ on possible amendments to the existing chlorophyll-a criteria.  Part of the group’s work is to review the James River chlorophyll Science Advisory Panel’s information resulting from a five-year study.  The pertinent section in the Virginia Administrative Code is VAC 25-260-310 bb.

“Water is Life” is the Theme of the Annual SERCAP Meeting on April 11, 2018, and the Focus of the Organization’s Mission

April 11, 2018, is the date for the annual “Water is Life! Luncheon and Conference” held by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc., or SERCAP, located in Roanoke, Va.  For information about the annual luncheon/conference, e-mail swatts@sercap.org, or contact SERCAP at 347 Campbell Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016; phone (540) 345-1184.

The 2018 event will mark the 49th anniversary of SERCAP, whose mission is to help provide safe and adequate water and wastewater, community development, environmental health, and economic self-sufficiency to rural citizens in seven southeastern states: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  SERCAP is one of six rural community assistance projects in the United States.  More information about SERCAP is available online at http://www.sercap.org/.

For an audio take on SERCAP and its April 2017 meeting, have a listen to Virginia Water Radio Episode 366 (5-1-17) (4 min./51 sec.), online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2017/05/episode-366-5-1-17-sercap-continues.html.

Water for Tomorrow photo
“Water for Tomorrow,” an influential 1988 report on water and wastewater needs by locality in Virginia, was published by the Virginia Water Project, the predecessor to SERCAP.

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – February 5, 2018

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.

Jan. 10-March 10, 2018 (subject to extension): Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  The 2018 General Assembly convenes on January 10 and is scheduled for 60 days; this is a so-called “long session,” which is held in all even-numbered years.  General Assembly session information is available online at this link.  The Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site, http://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm, provides lists and summaries of all bills, searchable by topic, member, committee, etc.  Live video streams of floor sessions are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the House and http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the Senate.  As of 2018, live streaming of committee meetings also is available.  Information on live streaming of House committee meetings is online at https://publications.virginiageneralassembly.gov/display_publication/209;  for Senate committee meetings, online at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.  For more information on the General Assembly, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate.

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

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

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

March 16-18, 2018, Holiday Lake 4-H Center in Appomattox (Appomattox County: Annual Landowner Weekend Retreat.  Other 2018 retreats will be Aug. 17-19, Southwest Virginia 4-H Center in Abingdon (Washington County);  and Sep. 28-30, New Kent Forestry Center in Providence Forge (New Kent County).  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  More information: http://www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/retreats/index.html; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

Mar. 21, 2018, Henrico County Training Center, Henrico: Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference.  More information: http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/conference/;  or contact Jane Walker, Virginia Water Resources Research Center, phone (540) 231-4159; e-mail: janewalk@vt.edu.

March 21-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.

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

Mar. 26-30, 2018, Norfolk: North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Organized by the Wildlife Management Institute.  More information: https://wildlifemanagement.institute/#/conference.

April 3-5, 2018, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington: 29th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium.  Organized by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics.  More information: http://conferences.vmi.edu/eva/.

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 2018 (date TBD), Chesapeake and Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival.  More information: www.visitchesapeake.com/gds-birding-festival; phone (757) 986-3705.

April 2018 (date TBD), Wakefield (Sussex County): 70th Annual Shad Planking as part of the Shad, Grapes, and Grains Festival.  Organized by the Wakefield Ruritan Club.  More information: http://www.shadplanking.com/; info@shadplanking.com.

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/.

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).

Virginia Small MS4s General Permit Under Review in Early 2018; Dept. Env. Quality Public Hearings in February

In early 2018, the Virginia State Water Control Board and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are considering amendments to the general permit for stormwater discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s).

Public hearings on the proposed amendments will be held Feb. 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge (Prince William County); Feb. 12, 2018, 2 p.m., at the DEQ Central Office, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond; and Feb. 14, 2018, 1 p.m., at the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road Roanoke (the dates are hyperlinked to Virginia Regulatory Town Hall information about the meetings).  The public comment period runs 1/8/18 to 3/9/18.

The pertinent part of the Virginia Administrative Code is Section 9 VAC 25-890 (formerly Part XV, Sect. 4 VAC 50-60).  The proposed amendments were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on January 8, 2018.  More information about this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=4583&display=stages.  According to the DEQ’s Action Summary at that site, ‘the general permit governs local governments and state and federal agencies that discharge stormwater from municipally owned separate storm sewer systems located within the Census Urbanized Area as determined by the Bureau of Census.  In addition, a periodic/small business impact review of this regulation will be conducted as part of this regulatory action.”

The DEQ’s Web site for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.