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 July 20-August 2, 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

7/25/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

7/21/17, 3 p.m.: Outdoors Foundation Finance, Audit, and Compliance Committee.  At 39 Garrett Street in Warrenton.

7/26/17, 1 p.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  At the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King Street in Alexandria.

7/27/17, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  The board’s Education and Training Committee meets at 9 a.m. that day at the same location.

7/29/17, 11 a.m.: Cave Board.  At the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue in Staunton.

7/31/17, 10 a.m.: Board for Waste Management Facility Operators. At the Virginia 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.

8/2/17, 10 a.m.: Commission on Electric Utility Regulation.  Senate Room 3, Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  More information on the commission is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/eur.htm.

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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.

7/21/17, 9:30 a.m.: Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Committee.  At the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive #400 in Henrico.  According to the Virginia Commonwealth Calendar notice for this meeting, the “focus will be to examine to intensive work related to the 2017 midpoint assessment of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and solicit [committee] views on key issues that are currently under consideration by the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership.  Those issues include the fate of loads from the Conowingo Dam, any accommodation for climate change in the Phase III Watershed Implementation plan and other issues that will influence the level of effort required by Virginia, the other states, and the District of Columbia.  [The meeting will also bring the committee] up to date of the revisions to the Chesapeake Bay model [and on] upcoming 2018-2019 milestones and seek [committee] input on strategies for ongoing stakeholder engagement in the WIP [Watershed Implementation Plan] development process.”  More information about the Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Committee is available online at https://naturalresources.virginia.gov/chesapeake-bay-restoration/.

8/1/17, 2 p.m., on the development of a watershed plan for aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Cunningham Creek and its tributaries plus bacterial impairment in Middle Ford Cunningham Creek, all located in the James River basin in Fluvanna County.  At the Fluvanna County Public Library, 214 Commons Boulevard in Palmyra.  These waterways were the subject of a TMDL study that began in February 2016, but in May 2017 the TMDL study was suspended and a watershed plan will be developed instead.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Energy – Fossil Fuels/Groundwater
7/21/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) listening session  on the Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund (VPSTF) Reimbursement Guidance Manual and Usual and Customary Rate (UCR) Schedule.  At the DEQ Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the DEQ is updating the Reimbursement Guidance Manual and the Usual and Customary Rate schedule.   Some preliminary goals of the guidance manual update are to adjust individual time and material codes to better reflect the actual expenses incurred; apply appropriate cost adjustments to the UCR schedule; and add and remove time and material codes from the UCR schedule as needed.

Energy – Solar
7/20/17, 10 a.m: Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority.  At Main Street Center Meeting Room 1, 600 East Main Street in Richmond.  The 2015 General Assembly (SB 1099) created this Authority to facilitate, coordinate, and support the development of the solar energy industry and solar-powered electric energy facilities in the Commonwealth.  The 2017 General Assembly (SB 1258) changed its name to add “energy storage” and added to its purposes to position the Commonwealth as a leader in energy-storage technology.

Infrastructure Construction Funding
7/27/17, 9 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) public comment session on Fiscal Year 2018 Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program.  At the VDH Office of Drinking Water, 109 Governor Street, 6th Floor, in Richmond.  The program provides assistance to public water systems for capital improvement projects to help meet public health protection objectives of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  According to the VDH’s Web site on the Intended Use Plan for 2018 (online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/office-of-drinking-water/financial-construction/drinking-water-state-revolving-fund-program/): “Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress authorizes capitalization grants to the states through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWSRF).  As part of the annual DWSRF grant application process Virginia seeks meaningful public involvement through input, review, and comments.  The VDH’s Office of Drinking Water (ODW) has prepared a draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) that explains the goals of the program, funding priorities, how VDH intends to use the grant funds, and other important information submitted from the funding requests and set-aside suggestions.”  More information about drinking water funding programs is available online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/financial-construction-assistance-programs/.

Land and Watershed Management
7/25/17, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on proposed runway extension and development project at Stafford Regional Airport.  At Stafford Regional Airport, 95 Aviation Way in Fredericksburg.  According to the DEQ’s notice for this public comment opportunity (online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=724), the “DEQ is reviewing an Environmental Assessment for a proposed runway extension and other improvements as a component of the airport’s License Modification Application.  The purpose of the Environmental Assessment is to determine if a runway extension and additional development at the Airport would significantly impact socioeconomic and environmental resources within the proposed project area.”  The public comment period on the proposal runs 6/16/17 through 8/4/17.

Ports
7/24/17 and 7/25/17 – Virginia Port Authority meetings: 7/24/17, 1:30 p.m., Nominating Committee7/24/17, 2 p.m., Growth and Operations Committee, 7/24/17, 3:35 p.m., Finance and Audit Committee; 7/24/17, 5 p.m., Executive Committee; 7/25/17, 9 a.m., Board of Commissioners and annual meeting.  All at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Scenic Rivers
7/20/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At City Hall in Richmond.

7/20/17, 4 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).

Waste Management – Solid Waste
7/27/17, 7 p.m.: Waste Management Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft permit modification for Old Dominion Sanitary Landfill in Henrico County, regarding increasing the landfill’s capacity.  At Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road in Henrico.  The public comment period runs 6/22/17 to 8/11/17.

Virginia Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting on July 21, 2017

The Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources’ Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Committee meets July 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m., at the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive #400 in Henrico.

According to the Virginia Commonwealth Calendar notice for this meeting, the “focus [of the July 21 meeting] will be to examine to intensive work related to the 2017 midpoint assessment of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and solicit [committee] views on key issues that are currently under consideration by the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership.  Those issues include the fate of loads from the Conowingo Dam, any accommodation for climate change in the Phase III Watershed Implementation plan and other issues that will influence the level of effort required by Virginia, the other states, and the District of Columbia.  [The meeting will also bring the committee] up to date of the revisions to the Chesapeake Bay model [and on] upcoming 2018-2019 milestones and seek [committee] input on strategies for ongoing stakeholder engagement in the WIP [Watershed Implementation Plan] development process.”

Previous meetings were held March 20, 2015; September 3, 2015; May 3, 2016; and December 8, 2016.

More information about the Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Committee is available online at https://naturalresources.virginia.gov/chesapeake-bay-restoration/.

Drinking Water Funding in Va. – July 27, 2017, Public Comment Session on FY 2018 Intended Use Program

On July 27, 2017, 9 a.m., the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will hold a public-comment session on the Fiscal Year 2018 Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program.  The meeting will be at the VDH Office of Drinking Water, 109 Governor Street, 6th Floor, in Richmond.  Click this link for more information about the meeting.

The program provides assistance to public water systems for capital improvement projects to help meet public health protection objectives of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

According to the VDH’s Web site on the Intended Use Plan for 2017, online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/office-of-drinking-water/financial-construction/drinking-water-state-revolving-fund-program/: “Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress authorizes capitalization grants to the states through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWSRF).  As part of the annual DWSRF grant application process Virginia seeks meaningful public involvement through input, review, and comments.  The VDH’s Office of Drinking Water (ODW) has prepared a draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) that explains the goals of the program, funding priorities, how VDH intends to use the grant funds, and other important information submitted from the funding requests and set-aside suggestions.”

More information about drinking water funding programs is available online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/financial-construction-assistance-programs/.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for July 13-July 26, 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

7/18/17, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

7/19/17, 9:30 a.m.: State Water Control Board.  At the Department of Environmental Quality, Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).

7/19/17, 4 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Shellfish Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

7/25/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

7/26/17, 1 p.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  At the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King Street in Alexandria.

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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.

None during this period.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Coastal Zone Management
7/18/17, 1 p.m.: Virginia Coastal Zone Management Policies Advisory Group.  At the Department of Environmental Quality Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.  This group is advising the DEQ on the development by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (located at the College of William and Mary; online at http://law.wm.edu/academics/programs/jd/electives/clinics/vacoastal/index.php) of documents for potential coastal zone management program change submissions.

Energy – Fossil Fuels/Groundwater
7/21/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) listening session  on the Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund (VPSTF) Reimbursement Guidance Manual and Usual and Customary Rate (UCR) Schedule.  At the DEQ Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the DEQ is updating the Reimbursement Guidance Manual and the Usual and Customary Rate schedule.   Some preliminary goals of the guidance manual update are to adjust individual time and material codes to better reflect the actual expenses incurred; apply appropriate cost adjustments to the UCR schedule; and add and remove time and material codes from the UCR schedule as needed.

Land and Watershed Management
7/25/17, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on proposed runway extension and development project at Stafford Regional Airport.  At Stafford Regional Airport, 95 Aviation Way in Fredericksburg.  According to the DEQ’s notice for this public comment opportunity (online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=724), the “DEQ is reviewing an Environmental Assessment for a proposed runway extension and other improvements as a component of the airport’s License Modification Application.  The purpose of the Environmental Assessment is to determine if a runway extension and additional development at the Airport would significantly impact socioeconomic and environmental resources within the proposed project area.”  The public comment period on the proposal runs 6/16/17 through 8/4/17.

7/13/17, 2 p.m.: GO Virginia Region 3 Agriculture and Natural Resources Group Roundtable.  The July 13 meeting is at the Institute for Advanced Learning, 150 Slayton Avenue in Danville; the July 14 meeting is at Longwood University’s Environmental Education Center, 1000 Cormier Drive in Farmville (Prince Edward  County).  Several GO Virginia other meetings will be held in July; a list is available online at http://www.govirginia.org/news/.  GO Virginia, online at http://www.govirginia.org/, is the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Oppportunity in Each Region.  It’s a coalition of businesses, higher education, and community leaders seeking to stimulate economic growth and jobs across Virginia.  The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s (Va. DHCD) GO Virginia Web page is http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/index.php/go-virginia.html.  An introduction to the program is available in the DHCD’s introductory packet for the 2017 GO Virginia Orientation Conference, available online (as a PDF) at http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/images/GoVA/20170414-GOVA-SummitProgram(PROOF).pdf.  According to that document, “The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region (GO Virginia) was initiated in 2015 by Virginia’s senior business leadership to foster private-sector growth and job creation through state incentives for regional collaboration by business, education, and government.”

Ports
7/24/17 and 7/25/17 – Virginia Port Authority meetings: 7/24/17, 1:30 p.m.-Nominating Committee7/24/17, 2 p.m.Growth and Operations Committee; 7/24/17, 3:35 p.m.Finance and Audit Committee; 7/24/17, 5 p.m.Executive Committee; 7/25/17, 9 a.m.Board of Commissioners and annual meeting.  All at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Scenic Rivers
7/20/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At City Hall in Richmond.

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – July 5, 2017, Edition; Updated July 18

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 ran 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.

Continuing through September 2017 (began in March): 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.

Continuing through November 1, 2017 (began March 15), 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.

 

Jul. 19-20, 2017, Charlottesville: Teaching Trees (a teacher-training workshop on forest ecology, management, and utilization).  Organized by the Skyline Chapter of Society of American Foresters, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and other partners.  More information: http://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=31615&selectedProgramAreaId=25575&selectedProgramStreamId; or contact Ellen Powell, (434) 220-9083 or ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov.

Jul. 21, 2017, Glen Allen (Henrico County): Land Development Design Initiative Summer Meeting.  Organized by Virginia Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  More information: http://www.cee.vt.edu/lddi/; Randy Dymond, phone (540) 231-9023 (Blacksburg); e-mail: dymond@vt.edu.

Aug. 14-15, 2017, Richmond: Modeling Green Infrastructure with EPA-SWMM [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Storm Water Management Model].  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information: http://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=35826&selectedProgramAreaId=25575&selectedProgramStreamId.

Aug. 17, 2017, Roanoke: Stormwater Management 2017.  Organized by HalfMoon Education, Inc.  The agenda includes stormwater permitting, science, pollution-prevention plans, best management plans, inspection, monitoring, maintenance, and record-keeping.    More information: https://www.halfmoonseminars.org/seminars/130681/stormwater-management-2017/roanoke-va; phone (715) 835-5900 (Altoona, Wisc.); e-mail: achapman@halfmoonseminars.org.

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.

Aug. 18-20, 2017, Abingdon (Washington County); and Sep. 22-24, 2017, Providence Forge (New Kent County): Landowner Weekend Retreats.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  An earlier retreat this year was held Mar. 17-19 in Appomattox.  More information: http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/retreats.html; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2017, 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. 11-12, 2017, Richmond: Training Course for Certified Municipal Stormwater Inspector (CSI-MS4).  Organized by the National Stormwater Center (headquartered in Bel-Air, Md.).  More information: https://www.npdes.com/event/csi-ms4-richmond-va/; phone (772) 288-6852; e-mail:  info@npdes.com.

Sep. 15-16, 2017, 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.

Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 2017, Shepherdstown, West. Va.: Tri-State Native Plant Conference[Not in Virginia, but close and relevant.]  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 (Boyce, Va.); e-mail: vnps.org@gmail.com.

Sep. 17, 2017, Virginia Beach: Elizabeth River RIVERFest. This year’s theme is “Discover the Lost Eastern Branch.”  Organized by the Elizabeth River Project. More information: www.elizabethriverfest.org; or contact Susan Smith at (757) 399-7487 or ssmith@elizabethriver.org.

Oct. 10-12, 2017, Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center, Front Royal: 2017 Virginia Environmental Education Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Association for Environmental Education.  More information: https://vaee.wildapricot.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. 4, 2017, Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Science Festival.  More information: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/sciencefestival/.

Nov. 16-18, 2017, Roanoke: Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute.  More information: https://vast.wildapricot.org/; phone: (757) 897-3104; e-mail: communications@vast.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.

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.  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. Information about all standing committees as of June 2016—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/161/com/COM.HTM.  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.

January 2018 – dates and location not yet available as of 6/8/17: Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals 26th Annual Conference.  More information: http://vafhp.org/conference/.

Jan. 26-28, 2018, Virginia Beach: Winter Wildlife Festival.  Organized by the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information: https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/winter-wildlife-festival.aspx; or contact the City’s Outdoor and Environmental Programs Department, (757) 385-2990; e-mail: outdoors@vbgov.com.

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).

Public Comment Period and Hearings by Va. DEQ for 401 Certification Process Related to Proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipelines: Comment Period July 3-August 22, 2017; Hearings in August 2017

On June 30, 2017, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced the public comment period and a series of public hearings on the 401 certification process for water-resources impacts of the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.  “401” refers to the relevant section of the federal Clean Water Act.

According to the DEQ’s news release on the public comment period,  “The documents on which DEQ is seeking comments…referred to as 401 certifications…will place conditions on activities in upland areas that are near state waters and that may indirectly affect state water along the pipeline routes.  These certifications are in addition to the requirements imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, by the Commonwealth of Virginia for stormwater, erosion and sediment control, and by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for wetlands and streams.  The conditions address, among other matters, impacts to public water supplies; engineering and best management practices for steep slopes and slide-prone areas; environmental monitoring and inspections; and development and implementation of plans and procedures for karst mitigation, spill prevention control, water quality monitoring, and protection of riparian buffers.”

The public comment period will run July 3-August 22, 2017.

The public hearing schedule is as follows:
Atlantic Coast Pipeline
— August 7, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. — James Madison University, Festival Conference and Student Center, Grand Ballroom, 1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.  Parking is in Lots C11, C12, and D3.

— August 10, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. — Longwood University, Jarman Auditorium, 201 High St., Farmville, VA 23901.  Parking is in Wheeler Lot, Crafts Lot, High Street Lot, Randolph Lot or other university-owned lots.

— August 14, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. — Dinwiddie High School Auditorium, 11501 Boisseau Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841.  Parking is only in designated areas on school property.

Mountain Valley Pipeline
— August 8, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. — Radford University, Preston/Bondurant Auditorium, 801 East Main St., Radford, VA 24142.  Parking is only in Lot A, or Lots E and U.

— August 9, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. — Chatham High School Auditorium, 100 Cavalier Circle, Chatham, VA 24531.  Parking is only in designated areas on school property.

Also, on August 10, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the DEQ will attend an informal public meeting at the Newport Community Center in Giles County.  This meeting is being organized by Virginia House of Delegates members Greg Habeeb and Joseph Yost.

Sources:
Public comment period and public hearings scheduled on draft water quality certifications for proposed natural gas pipelines, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality News Release, 6/30/17).
DEQ agrees to add informal meetings on Mountain Valley Pipeline, Roanoke Times, 7/18/17.

For more details on developments around the DEQ’s 401 certification process for the proposed pipelines, please see this Water Central News Grouper post.

Some Fish School, But Humans Interested in Aquaculture Can GO to “Fish School” at Virginia State University, July 5-7, 2017

On July 5-7, 2017, in Petersburg, Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University holds its annual  Fish School.  The event, emphasizing using aquatic resources to provide local food, offers educational sessions on growing fish or shellfish for a hobby or as a commercial enterprise.  Participants may register for single days or for the whole event.

Topics in 2017 include the following:
Day 1 – Species and Marketing, Aquaculture Nutrition, Water Quality and Fish Health; Day 2 – Farm Pond Management, Freshwater Shrimp, Cage Culture;
Day 3 – Greenhouse Production Systems/Aquaponics, Sampling fish populations, Over-Wintering Solar Power Energy Unit, Recirculating Aquaculture Systems.

Each day will have hands-on activities.

For more information, visit https://www.ext.vsu.edu/events/2017/7/5/fish-school; or contact Brian Nerrie, VSU aquaculture extension specialist, at (804) 524-5903 or bnerrie@vsu.edu.