Category Archives: Events

Water-related events (conferences, meetings, recreation, education,etc.) occurring in Virginia or in a nearby state but with relevance to Virginia (such as a Chesapeake Bay-related meeting in Maryland).

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for March 30-April 12, 2017

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

3/30/17, 10 a.m.: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.  The Board’s Energy and Infrastructure Committee meets at 9 a.m. on the same day.  The Board’s Preservation Trust Fund Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. on the same day.

3/30/17, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board.  At House Room C of the General Assembly Building, 201 North Ninth Street in Richmond.

4/4/17, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Regulatory Review Committee.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

4/11/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Aquaculture Advisory Board.  At the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Auditorium, 12580 West Creek Parkway in Richmond.

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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS

For meetings of legislative committees and commissions, see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+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.

4/4/17, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission.  At House Room C of the General Assembly Building, 201 North Ninth Street in Richmond.  The tentative agenda (as of 3/29/17) is available online (as a PDF) at http://hodcap.state.va.us/publications/interimstudies/Water%20Commission%20Proposed%20Agenda%204_4_17.pdf.  The State Water Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1990.  Its purpose, according to Virginia Code section 30-187, is to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; [and] coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues….”  More information about the Commission is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm.

4/4/17, 2 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science.  At House Room D in the General Assembly Building, 201 North Ninth Street in Richmond.

4/5/17, noon: Virginia General Assembly’s reconvened (“veto”) session.  At the State Capitol in Richmond.  The House of Delegates meeting schedule is available at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/schedule/meetingSchedule.php; live video streams of floor sessions from the House are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.  The Senate meeting schedule and the floor sessions’ live video stream are available at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.

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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.

4/11/17, 6 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for aquatic life and bacterial impairments in Butcher Fork, North Fork Powell River, South Fork Powell River, Powell River, and other Powell River tributaries, located in the Upper Tennessee River basin in Lee and Wise Counties.  At Pennington Gap Community Center, 41670 West Morgan Avenue in Pennington Gap (Lee County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Energy – All
4/6/17, 1 p.m.: Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency.  At House Room 2 of the State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  On May 11, 2015, Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the formation of a committee of public officials and private citizens to help establish strategies for Virginia to reduce retail electricity consumption by 10 percent by the year 2020.  The reduction-percentage goal was originally set for 2022 by the 2007 Virginia Energy Plan, but the 2014 update of that plan accelerated the timeline.  The 2014 Virginia Energy Plan is available online at http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/2014_VirginiaEnergyPlan2.shtml.  The energy-efficiency committee is chaired by the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade and is staffed by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.  More information on the committee is available in a May 11, 2015, news release from the Governor’s Office, online at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=8388.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
4/12/17, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft amendment to a Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for Virginia Electric and Power Company (a Dominion Virginia Power subsidiary) at the Greensville County Power Station.  At the Greensville County Board Room, 1781 Greensville County Circle in Emporia.  The draft permit amendment considers emissions of acrolein, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide, particulates, sulfuric acid, volatile organic compounds, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, and nickel.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 3/18/17 to 4/27/17.

Fort Monroe
3/30/17, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee.  At 20 Ingalls 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/.

Mining
CANCELED
3/30/17, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) Informal Hearing to review the issuance of Cessation Order for Failure to Abate #CEV0010288, issued to A & G Coal Corporation.  At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).  The mine site is not indicated in the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice.

Wastewater Regulations
4/3/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on reissuance and possible amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for discharges from petroleum contaminated sites, groundwater remediation, and hydrostatic tests.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-120.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published May 30, 2016.  According to the NOIRA, the “general permit covers point source discharges of wastewaters from sites contaminated by petroleum products [or by] chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, and also the point source discharges of hydrostatic test wastewaters resulting from the testing of petroleum and natural gas storage tanks and pipelines.”  More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4548.\

4/5/17, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on reissuance and possible amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for noncontact cooling water discharges of 50,000 gallons per day or less.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-196.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published May 30, 2016.  More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1899.

Wells (Private)
3/30/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Private Well Regulations Workgroup.  At the James Madison Building, 5th Floor Main Conference Room, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.  The workgroup is advising the VDH on possible revisions to the regulations, located in the Virginia Administrative Code at 12 VAC 5-630, available online at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincode/title12/agency5/chapter630/.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for March 23-April 5, 2017

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

3/23/17, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

3/23/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority Board.  At the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) East Engineering Hall, Room E3218, 401 West Main Street in Richmond.

3/27/17, 8:30 a.m.: Virginia Agricultural Council.  At Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 South Market Street in Staunton.

3/27/17, 6 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Fishery Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

3/28/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

3/30/17, 10 a.m.: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.  The Board’s Energy and Infrastructure Committee meets at 9 a.m. on the same day.  The Board’s Preservation Trust Fund Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. on the same day.

3/30/17, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board.  At House Room C of the General Assembly Building, 201 North Ninth Street in Richmond.

4/4/17, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Regulatory Review Committee.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS

For meetings of legislative committees and commissions, see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+oth+MTG.  Links to information about General Assembly commissions, councils, and special interim committees coordinated by the Division of Legislative Services are available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions.html.

None during this period.

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

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

3/29/17, 1:30 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for aquatic life (benthic) impairments in the Little Calfpasture River, located in the James River basin in Augusta and Rockbridge counties.  At Goshen Scout Camp’s Grays Lodge, 340 Millard Burke Memorial Highway in Goshen (Rockbridge County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Fort Monroe
3/30/17, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee.  At 20 Ingalls 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/.

Land and Watershed Management
3/24/17, 10 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Conservation Planning Stakeholder Advisory Group.  At the Albemarle County Offices, 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[o]n December 7, 2016, the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board authorized the Department [of Conservation and Recreation] to establish a stakeholder advisory group (SAG) for the Conservation Plan Program.  The SAG will provide guidance and offer recommendations into the resources to be considered, components of a plan, training and certification requirements, and other policy and Program considerations.”

Mining
3/30/17, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) Informal Hearing to review the issuance of Cessation Order for Failure to Abate #CEV0010288, issued to A & G Coal Corporation.  At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).  The mine site is not indicated in the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice.

Ports
3/27/17, 2 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Growth and Operations Committee.  At 3:45 p.m. on the same day: Finance and Audit Committee.  At 5 p.m. the same day: Executive Committee.  On 3/28/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners.  All at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Stormwater
3/29/17, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on the general permit for stormwater discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  This technical advisory committee was established to assist in the development of amendments and the reissuance of the General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (VPDES) Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  The pertinent part of the Virginia Administrative Code is Section 9 VAC 25-890 (formerly Part XV, Sect. 4 VAC 50-60).  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on July 11, 2016.  More information about this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2870.  The DEQ’s Web site for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Wastewater Regulations
3/24/17, 10 a.m., and 4/3/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on reissuance and possible amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for discharges from petroleum contaminated sites, groundwater remediation, and hydrostatic tests.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-120.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published May 30, 2016.  According to the NOIRA, the “general permit covers point source discharges of wastewaters from sites contaminated by petroleum products [or by] chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, and also the point source discharges of hydrostatic test wastewaters resulting from the testing of petroleum and natural gas storage tanks and pipelines.”  More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4548.\

4/5/17, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on reissuance and possible amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for noncontact cooling water discharges of 50,000 gallons per day or less.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-196.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published May 30, 2016.  More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1899.

College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech Turns 25 in 2017; Celebration to be held Sep. 15-16, 2017 in Blacksburg

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE).  The college is the home of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, which produces this blog.

The college’s origins trace to 1925, when Virginia Tech (known at the time as Virginia Polytechnic Institute, or VPI) hired its first professor of forestry.  From that starting point, major milestones include the following:
1976 – creation of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences;
1992 – creation of the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources;
2000 – renaming as the College of Natural Resources;
2010 – renaming as the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

The Water Resources Research Center joined the college in 2005.  As of 2017, the college’s departments are Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Geography, and Sustainable Biomaterials.

The college will  hold its 25th anniversary celebration on Sep. 15-16, 2017, in Blacksburg.  For more information, visit https://cnre.vt.edu/events/25years/index.html; phone (540) 231-5482; or e-mail cnre@vt.edu.

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Logo for the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment’s 25th anniversary celebration in September 2017.

“Water is Life” is the Theme of the Annual SERCAP Meeting and the Focus of the Organization’s Mission

April 19, 2017, is the date for this year’s annual “Water is Life! Luncheon and Conference” held by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc., or SERCAP, located in Roanoke, Va.

This year’s event marks the 48th 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 and the annual luncheon/conference—at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center—is available online at http://www.sercap.org/, or contact SERCAP at 347 Campbell Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016; phone (540) 345-1184.

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.

A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States, Canada, and Elsewhere – March 8, 2017 Edition

Here are some water-related meetings in the United States, Canada, and other countries in coming months, followed by notes for events that recur annually, listed by the month the event typically occurs.

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 September.

2017 Events

Apr. 4, 2017, online and at remote hub locations: National Watershed and Stormwater Conference.  Organized by the Center for Watershed Protection.  More information: http://www.cwp.org/; or contact the Center at 3290 North Ridge Road, Suite 290, Ellicott City, MD 21043; phone (410) 461-8323.

Apr. 10-12, 2017: Lincoln, Neb.: Annual Water for Food Global Conference.  More information: http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/conference-and-events/; phone (402) 472-5145; e-mail: waterforfood@nebraska.edu.

Apr. 17-20, 2017:  National Hurricane Conference.  More information: http://hurricanemeeting.com/.

Apr. 30-May 3, 2017, Snowbird, Utah: Spring American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Conference.  This spring’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity.”  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Snowbird2017/; or contact the AWRA (headquartered in Middleburg, Va.) at (540) 687-8390 or info@awra.org.

May 1-3, 2017, Washington, D.C.: National Hydropower Association Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.nationalhydroconference.com/index.html; phone (202) 682-1700.

May 1-4, 2017, Houston, Tex.: Offshore Technology Conference.  More information: http://2017.otcnet.org/; phone (972) 952-9494; e-mail: meetings@otcnet.org.

May 2-4, 2017, Washington, DC.  American Meteorological Society Washington Forum.   More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/2017-ams-washington-forum/.

May 21-25, 2017, Sacramento, Calif.:  World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  Organized by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  This year’s theme is “Creative Solutions for a Changing Environment.”  More information: http://www.ewricongress.org/; phone: (703) 295-6300; e-mail: registrations@asce.org.

Jun. 4-8, 2017, Toronto, Canada: 51st Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Congress.  This year’s theme is “Future Earth: Weather, Oceans, Climate.”  More information: http://congress.cmos.ca/.

Jun. 11-14, 2017, Philadelphia, Penn: American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exhibition.  More information: https://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/annual-conference.aspx.

Jun. 13-15, 2017, Fort Collins, Colo.: Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)/ National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) Conference.  More information: http://ucowr.org/conferences.

Jun. 21-23, 2017, Kansas City, Mo.: 45th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology and Fourth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/45th-conference-on-broadcast-meteorology-fourth-conference-on-weather-warnings-and-communication/; (617) 227-2425; amsinfo@ametsoc.org.

Jun. 21-24, 2017, Tucson, Ariz.: Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Meeting on Environment, Wellness, and Community.  More information: https://aessonline.org/2017-conference/.

Jun. 26-28, 2017, Asheville, N.C.: 23rd Conference on Applied Climatology.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/; (617) 227-2425; amsinfo@ametsoc.org.

Jun. 26-29, 2017, Charleston, S.C.: National Marine Educators Association Conference.  More information: http://www.marine-ed.org/?conferences; phone: (844) 687-6632.

Jun. 26-30, Portland, Ore.: 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics and 19th Conference on Middle Atmosphere.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/; (617) 227-2425; amsinfo@ametsoc.org.

Jun. 27-29, 2017, Platte River basin of Nebraska: University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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.

Jul. 19-20, 2017, Charleston, S.C.: Rising Tides and Changing Times–A Climate Change Workshop for Educators.  Organized by South Carolina Sea Grant.  More information: http://www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=495; phone (843) 953-2078; e-mail: ev.bell@scseagrant.org.

Jul. 23-26, 2017, St. Louis, Mo.: Utility Leadership Conference & National Association of Clean Water Agencies Annual Meeting.  More information: http://www.nacwa.org/conferences-events/events-at-a-glance/2017/07/23/nacwa-events/utility-leadership-conference-47th-annual-meeting; (202) 833-2672; e-mail: info@nacwa.org.

Jul. 30-Aug. 2, 2017, Madison, Wisc.: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 72nd Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Conservation Connections: Creating Pathways to Sustainability.”  More information: http://www.swcs.org/en/conferences/2017_annual_conference/; (515) 289-2331.

Aug. 6-11, 2017, Portland, Ore.: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.  This year’s theme is “Linking Biodiversity, Material Cycling and Ecosystem Services in a Changing World.”  More information: http://www.esa.org/portland/#.WJjd5FMrKUk; (202) 833-8773; e-mail: esahq@esa.org.

Aug. 20-24, 2017, Tampa, Fla.: 147th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society.  This year’s theme is “Fisheries Ecosystems: Uplands to Oceans.”  More information: http://fisheries.org/events/147th-annual-meeting-of-the-american-fisheries-society-tampa-florida/; (301) 897-8616.

Sep. 10-13, 2017, Snowbird, Utah: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting.  More information: http://fishwildlife.org/?section=upcoming-meeting-sites; (202) 838-3474 (Washington, D.C.); e-mail: info@fishwildlife.org.

Sep. 16-21, 2017, Garden Grove, Calif.: Annual meeting of the National Weather Association.  More information: http://nwas.org/annual-meeting-events/annual-meeting/.

Sep. 18-20, 2017, Reno, Nev.: National Rural Water Association’s WaterPro Conference.  More information: http://waterproconference.org/; (580) 252-0629 (Duncan, Oklahoma).

Sep. 20-22, 2017, Baltimore, Md.: Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference.  Organized by the Resource Institute (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  More information: http://midatlanticstream.org/http://midatlanticstream.org/; Paula Worden, (304) 703-4879,  e-mail: masrc11@gmail.com.

Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 2017, Shepherdstown, West. Va.: Tri-State Native Plant Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Maryland Native Plant Society, and the West Virginia Native Plant Society.  More information: http://vnps.org/tri-state-native-plant-conference-2017/; phone (540) 837-1600; e-mail: vnps.org@gmail.com.

Sep. 30-Oct. 4, 2017, Chicago, Ill.: Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) 2017.  More information: http://www.weftec.org/abstracts.

Oct. 11-13, 2017, Louisville, Ky.: 12th Annual Southeast Regional Stormwater Conference.  Organized by the Southeast Stormwater Association.  More information: https://seswa.memberclicks.net/future-and-past-conferences; (866) 367-7379 (Tallahassee, Fla.); e-mail: seswa@ksanet.net.

Oct. 12-13, 2017, National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Va.: 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference.  Hosted by the West Virginia Water Research Institute (at West Virginia University), in collaboration with the Delaware Water Resources Center (at the University of Delaware), the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center (at Penn State), and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (at Virginia Tech). Abstracts for presentation proposals due March 27, 2017.  More information: visit http://midatlanticwrc.org/, or email: wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu.

Nov. 5-9, 2017, Portland, Ore: American Water Resources Association Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Portland2017/; (540) 687-8390 (Middleburg, Va.); e-mail: info@awra.org.

Nov. 15-19, 2017, Albuquerque, N.M.: Society of American Foresters National Convention.  More information http://www.eforester.org/safconvention; (301) 897-8720 (Bethesda, Md.); e-mail: membership@safnet.org.

Dec. 2017, New Orleans, La.: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. More information: http://meetings.agu.org/upcoming-meetings/.

2018 Events

March 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/.

Annually Recurring Events

(Shown is the month(s) each year when the event is normally held; specific dates change each year, and locations may change.)

January: annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. More information: https://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/.

February, Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.  More information: http://meetings.aaas.org/.

February, even years (next 2018): Ocean Sciences Meeting. Organized by the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Oceanography Society. More information: http://osm.agu.org/2016/.

February, Amarillo, Tex.: Annual 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.

Late February or early March, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Annual International Conference on Water Management Modeling.  Organized by Computational Hydraulics International (CHI) of Guelph, Ontario.  More information: http://www.chiwater.com/Training/Conferences/conferencetoronto.asp.

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

March: North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Organized by the Wildlife Management Institute.  More information: http://www.wildlifemanagementinstitute.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=348&Itemid=61.

March, Lincoln, Neb.:  Annual symposium of the Nebraska Water Center, and  annual Nebraska Water Law Conference.  More information: http://watercenter.unl.edu/ConferencesEvents.asp; (402) 472-3305; waterinfo@unl.edu.

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

March or April, Washington, D.C.: National Environmental Policy Forum.  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.

April, Rapid City, S.D.: 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.

April through September: Workshops by North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program.  For more information click on the individual links below or go to http://www.ncsu.edu/srp/rivercourse.html; or contact Cathy Smith at (919) 515-6780 or cathy_smith@ncsu.edu.

May: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  More information: http://www.ewricongress.org; (800) 548-2723.

May:  National Monitoring Conference. Organized by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council.  More information: http://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2016/.

May: 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.

May or Jun.: annual Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.  More information: http://congress.cmos.ca/.

June: Annual conference of the 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.

June: University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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.

June: American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition.  More information: http://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/annual-conference.aspx.

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

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

July or August: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.swcs.org/en/conferences/.

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

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

August: Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership Meeting.  More information: http://www.cowatercongress.org/summer-conference.html; phone (303) 837-0812.

September, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: 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.

September: Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).  More information: http://www.weftec.org/meetings_events/default.aspx.

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

September or October: National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. More information: https://www.nsgic.org/upcoming-

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

October, St. Paul, Minn.  Annual conference of the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.  More information: http://www.wrc.umn.edu/.

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

October: Annual Southeast Stormwater Association Regional Stormwater Conference.  More information: https://seswa.memberclicks.net/annual-conference.

October or November: GIS-Pro – Annual conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. More information: http://www.urisa.org/.

November: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.awra.org/index.html.

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

November: Joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.  More information: https://www.acsmeetings.org/.

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

Late November/early December, North Linthicum, Md.: Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  More information: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/streams/Pages/MWMC/conference.aspx; or contact Dan Boward at dan.boward@maryland.gov.

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – March 8, 2017, Edition; Updated March 22

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 32nd annual festival is June 17-24, 2017.

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 related to water (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.

March – September 2017: Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats.  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.

March 15-November 1, 2017, 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 2016 was $52.  A list of upcoming clinics in 2017 had not been announced as of 1/5/17; keep an eye on this Web site: 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, 2017, Henrico: Virginia Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Exploring Emerging Water Issues.”  More information: http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/conference/.

Mar. 22, 2017 (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.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/. March 22 also starts the annual World Water Monitoring Challenge period, running through the officially observed day of September 18 and ending December 31.  More information on the World Water Monitoring Challenge is available at http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/.

Mar.30-31, 2017, Richmond: Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America’s Southeastern Section.  More information: http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Section_Meetings/GSA/Sections/se/2017mtg/techprog.aspx.

April 4-6, 2017, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington: 28th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium.  Organized by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics.  More information: http://www.vmi.edu/about/center-for-leadership-and-ethics/conferences/environment-va-symposium/.

Apr. 9-11, 2017, Norfolk:  Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 73rd Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Relevancy and Agility: The Rising Tide of Conservation.”  More information: http://www.neafwa.org/conference.html; phone (802) 865-5202; e-mail: info@delaneymeetingevent.com.

Apr. 19, 2017, 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. 20-22, 2017, Chesapeake and Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival.  More information: www.visitchesapeake.com/gds-birding-festival; phone (757) 986-3705.

April 21, 2016, Wakefield (Sussex County): 69th 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.

Apr. 27, 2017, Richmond: Virginia Water Environment Association’s 2017 Spring Stormwater Seminar.  More information: http://www.vwea.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=879639&group, or contact Amelia Wehunt, e-mail: amelia.wehunt@timmons.com.

Apr. 29, 2017: 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 (after April 1,2017) at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you.

May 3-5, 2017, Roanoke: Virginia Forestry Summit.  Organized by the Virginia Forestry Association.  More information: http://www.vaforestry.org/; (804) 278-8733; vfa@vaforestry.org.

May 13, 2017, Leesburg: Walking for Water.  An annual walk in to raise funds for water wells, medicine, and education in the African country of Burkina Faso.  More information: http://www.wisdomspring.org/events/5/walking-for-water-fundraiser-we-are-walking/; phone Cheri Faley at (703) 201-9709, or Susan Hough at (703) 505-5152; or e-mail: Walking4h2o@gmail.com.

May 12-14, 2017, 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.

May 16-18, 2017, Richmond: 2017 Virginia Junior Academy of Science Research Symposium.  More information: http://www.vjas.org/.

May 17-19, 2017, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond: Spring Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science.  More information: http://vacadsci.org/2017-vas-spring-meeting/; (804) 864-1450; e-mail: vasoffice@vacadsci.org.

May 23-24, 2017, Charlottesville: 8th Annual Conference of the Choose Clean Water Coalition.  More information: http://choosecleanwater.org/our-conference/2017/.

May 23-24, 2017, Harrisonburg:  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.

Jun. 2-4, 2017, 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. 13-15, 2017, Reston: 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information: http://www.gcande.org/; (202) 872-6102.

Jun. 17-24, 2017, on the James River, starting at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg: 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival.  Organized by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society.  More information: http://www.vacanals.org/batteau/.

Jun. 25-28, 2017, Tysons Corner: 2017 Summer American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Conference.  This year’s theme is “Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.”  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Tysons2017/ ; or contact the AWRA (headquartered in Middleburg, Va.) at (540) 687-8390 or info@awra.org.

Jun. 27-29, 2017, Blacksburg: 15th North American Agroforestry Conference.  Organized by Virginia Tech.  More information: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1865066; (540) 231-0790.

Jul. 15, 2017, Richmond: James River Splash & Dash.  Organized by the James River Association.  More information: http://www.jrsplashanddash.org/; phone (804) 788-8811.

Aug. 17-18, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg: Virginia Loggers Association annual meeting.  More information: http://www.valoggers.org/2017-vla-annual-meeting-at-virginia-tech-august-17-20/; (804) 677-4290.

Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2016, 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.  2016 is the 22nd 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. 15-16, Blacksburg: Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment’s 25th anniversary celebration.  More information: https://cnre.vt.edu/events/25years/index.html; phone (540) 231-5482; e-mail: cnre@vt.edu.

FALL DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED, Norfolk: 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. 10-15, 2017, 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. 19, 2017, 10:19 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.

Nov. 3-5, 2017, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum[Not in Virginia, but close and relevant.]  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/networking-education/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or contact@allianceforthebay.org.

Nov. 17-19, 2017, Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynesboro: 21st Annual Call of the Wild Conference on wildlife rehabilitation.  Organized by the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information: http://wildlifecenter.org/call-wild-conference; phone: (540) 942-9453; e-mail: outreach@wildlifecenter.org.

Nov. 16-19, 2017, Wallops Island (Accomack County): 4th Annual Delmarva Nature and Wildlife Photography Summit.  Organized by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (http://www.cbfieldstation.org/).  More information: http://www.cbfieldstation.org/photography-summit.html; or contact Mike Hillman, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337; (757) 824-5636; e-mail: mike@cbfieldstation.org.

Dec. 3-5, 2017, Portsmouth: Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting.   More information: http://vaswcd.org/annual-meeting; phone (804) 559-0324.

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 materials, and other events involving water)

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 Household Water Quality Program List of Drinking Water Clinics and Master Well Owner Network Training

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).

Va. DEQ Outreach Meeting on Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan on March 6, 2017

From January to March 2017, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) scheduled public outreach meetings on Phase III of the Commonwealth’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution-prevention plan, which was published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2010.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall, the meetings provide information on the status of on-going efforts to clean up the Bay, improvements in Bay water quality, expectations and roles for the Phase III WIP, and timelines.

As of March 1, 2017, the only scheduled March meeting is the following (date is linked to Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice):

3/6/17, 1 p.m., at the DEQ’s Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg, specifically for elected officials.

This is the most recent of a series of such meetings.  Previous meetings were the following:
1/30/17, 10 a.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge, specifically for localities that administer municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s).
1/30/17, 1 p.m., 10 a.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge, specifically for localities that do not administer MS4s.
2/16/17, 10 a.m., at the DEQ Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg, specifically for staff of local governments and of soil and water conservation districts.
2/21/17, 1 p.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge, specifically for elected officials.

More information from the DEQ on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/ChesapeakeBay/ChesapeakeBayTMDL.aspx.

More information from the EPA on the Bay TMDL is available online at https://www.epa.gov/chesapeake-bay-tmdl.