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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).

Virginia Safe Boating Information Sources for National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, 2017

The 2017 National Safe Boating Week runs May 20-26.  Information on the week from the National Safe Boating Council is available online at http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/.

The National Weather Service, in cooperation with the National Safe Boating Council, offers audio, video, and text information on specific topics for each day of the 2017 week (such as “Distress Beacons” for Sunday May 20 and “Fire Extinguishers” for Wednesday May 24), online at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/safeboating/week.shtml,

In Virginia, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries manages boating-safety regulations and education; that agency has information online at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/boating/.  The Virginia Marine Police, part of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, is also in involved in enforcement of laws concerning safe boating; information about the Marine Police is available online at http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/MP/leoverview.shtm.

U.S. Coast Guard boating-safety information is available online at http://www.uscgboating.org/.

For four quick audio takes on boating safety, have a listen to the following Virginia Water Radio episodes (click on the episode number/week):
Episode 270, 6-15-15 (4 minutes/20 seconds), focusing on Operation Dry Water and boating under the influence;
Episode 214, 5-19-14 (3 minutes/22 seconds), with a music-based approach and emphasizing the importance of life jackets to mark Safe Boating Week 2014;
Episode 111, 5-21-12 (3 minutes/12 seconds), focusing again on the importance of life jackets to mark Safe Boating Week 2012, and featuring a National Safe Boating Council/National Weather Service audio Public Service Announcement; and
Episode 131, 10-8-12 (3 minutes/10 seconds), focusing on an important but sometimes overlooked boating issue: safety around docks.

Boats-Dock Claytor Lake SP Marine Sep23 2012

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for May 25-June 7, 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

5/25/17, 9 a.m.:  Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.

5/31/17, 9 a.m.: Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeals Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1A, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

6/1/17, 11 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.

5/25/17, 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).  This is meeting of the Residential Working Group for this TMDL and is a duplicate of the 5/23/17 meeting that was held in Big Stone Gap.

5/25/17, 1 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in Upper Goose Creek, Cromwells Run, and Little River Watersheds, located in the Potomac River basin in Fauquier County.  At Tri County Feeds, 7408 John Marshall Highway in Marshall.

6/5/17, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (dissolved oxygen) and bacterial impairments in the Rudee Inlet watershed (including Lake Rudee, Lake Wesley, and Owl Creek, located in the Atlantic Ocean basin in the City of Virginia Beach.  At W.T. Cooke Elementary, 1501 Mediterranean Avenue in Virginia Beach.

6/7/17, 1 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch, located in the Potomac River basin in Fairfax County.  At Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street in Springfield.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Coastal Zone Management
5/31/17, 1 p.m.: Virginia Coastal Zone Management Policies Advisory Group.  At the College of William and Mary Law School, 613 South Henry Street in Williamsburg.  This group is advising the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality 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.

Resource Management Mapping and Planning
5/25/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Board.  At the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 600 East Main Street in Richmond.  VGIN was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1997 to help support the creation, development, and use of geographic information and related technology for state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, and other Commonwealth users of maps and geographic information.  It’s coordinated by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).  More information is available online at http://www.vita.virginia.gov/isp/default.aspx?id=8482.

Two Fall Conference Opportunities for Virginia Environmental Educators and Science Teachers

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/.

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

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for May 18-May 31, 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

5/18/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee.  At Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.

5/23/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

5/23/17, 9:30 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board.  At Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Dominion Boulevard in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  Also on 5/23/17, 9 a.m., the Board’s District Audit Sub-committee meets at the same location.

5/23/17, 1 p.m.: Board of Game and Inland Fisheries/Finance, Audit, and Compliance Committee.  At the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries office, 7870 Villa Park Drive in Henrico.  On 5/24/17, 9 a.m., the full Board meets at the same location.

5/24/17, all day but start time not indicated: Board of Forestry.  At 12580 West Creek Parkway in Richmond.

5/24/17, 10:30 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees.  At Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Center, 3701 John Tyler Memorial Highway in Charles City (Charles City County).

5/25/17, 9 a.m.:  Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.

5/31/17, 9 a.m.: Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeals Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Training Room 1A, 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.

5/18/17, 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 the Daniel Boone Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 32637 Main Street in Jonesville (Lee County).  (This is the second of two duplicate meetings; the first was 5/16/17 in Appalachia in Wise County.)  On 5/22/17, 3 p.m., the Industrial Working Group for this TMDL meets at the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).  The Residential Working Group for this TMDL will hold duplicate meetings on 5/23/17, 6 p.m., at the Town Hall Gymnasium, 505 East 5th Street South in Big Stone Gap, and on 5/25/17, 6 p.m., at Pennington Gap Community Center, 41670 West Morgan Avenue in Pennington Gap (Lee County).

5/18/17, 7 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for aquatic life (benthic) impairments in the Little Calfpasture River, located in the James River basin in Rockbridge County.  At Goshen Volunteer Fire Hall, 140 Main Street in Goshen.

5/25/17, 1 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in Upper Goose Creek, Cromwells Run, and Little River Watersheds, located in the Potomac River basin in Fauquier County.  At Tri County Feeds, 7408 John Marshall Highway in Marshall.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Ports
5/22/17, 1 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Finance and Audit Committee.  5/22/17, 2 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee.  5/22/17, 3:30 p.m.: Executive Committee.  5/23/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners.  All at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.

Resource Management Mapping and Planning
5/25/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Board.  At the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 600 East Main Street in Richmond.  VGIN was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1997 to help support the creation, development, and use of geographic information and related technology for state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, and other Commonwealth users of maps and geographic information.  It’s coordinated by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).  More information is available online at http://www.vita.virginia.gov/isp/default.aspx?id=8482.

Scenic Rivers
5/18/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At City Hall in Richmond.

5/18/17, 4 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
5/22/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public meeting on proposed amendments to the Water Quality Management Planning Regulation for the Roanoke River Basin non-TMDL waste load allocation (WLA).  At the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “The specific effluent limits needed to meet…water quality goals [in the basin] are discretionary.  The proposed amendments are to [Virginia Administrative Code section] 9 VAC 25-720-80B and would modify the existing waste load allocation for the South Hill Wastewater Treatment Plan (VA0069337)….”

5/24/17, 10:30 a.m.: Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee/Periodic Review Subcommittee.  At the James Madison Building, Room 535, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.  As part of a periodic review, the subcommittee will consider proposed amendments and revisions to the Alternative Onsite Sewage System Regulations, Section 12 VAC 5-613 in the Virginia Administrative Code.

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – May 4, 2017, Edition; Updated May 19

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.

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.

May 20, 2017, Gloucester Point: Marine Science Day.  Organized by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. More information: http://www.vims.edu/public/msd/.

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. 10, 2017, Mason Neck State Park, Lorton: Back to the Bay.  This is an event to raise public awareness of and increase public engagement regarding the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s rivers and streams.  Organized by the Virginia Conservation Network.  More information: http://www.vcnva.org/back-to-the-bay/; (804) 644-0283 (Richmond).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 10-12, 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. 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.

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).

Virginia Resource Management Planning is Focus of Stakeholder Advisory Group Convening May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017, is the date of the first meeting of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Resource Management Plan Implementation Stakeholder Advisory Group.  The meeting will start at 1:30 p.m., at the State Capitol, Senate Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting is online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=25976.  According to that notice, “Item 364 Q of the [Virginia General Assembly’s] 2017 Appropriations Act requires the Department of Conservation and Recreation [DCR] to establish a stakeholder group to examine the funding, training, and resource needs, as well as explore new incentives, for additional implementation of Resource Management Plans.”

DCR information on resource management planning is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/rmp.

For more information about the advisory group, contact Christine Watlington, DCR Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, 600 East Main Street, 24th Floor, Richmond, 23219; phone (804)786-3319; e-mail: christine.watlington@dcr.virginia.gov.

Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund Stabilization is Focus of Stakeholder Advisory Group Convening May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017, is the date of the first meeting of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Water Quality Improvement Fund Stabilization Stakeholder Advisory Group.  The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m., at the State Capitol, Senate Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting is online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=25973.  According to that notice, “Item 364 of the [Virginia General Assembly’s] 2017 Appropriations Act requires the Department of Conservation and Recreation [DCR] to establish a stakeholder group to make recommendations on [the following]: (i) increasing the portion of any deposit to the WQIF reserve; (ii) limiting the portion of WQIF reserve that may be utilized; (iii) evaluating combined revenues available from the WQIF and the Natural Resources Commitment Fund in a given fiscal year; (iv) distributing funds to be deposited across a biennial period; and (v) considering the impacts on the staffing and technical assistance needs of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts.”

Virginia Code information on the Water Quality Improvement Act (which created the WQIF) is available online at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title10.1/chapter21.1/, and information on the Natural Resources Commitment Fund is online at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title10.1/chapter21.1/section10.1-2128.1/.

For more information about the advisory group, contact Christine Watlington, DCR Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, 600 East Main Street, 24th Floor, Richmond, 23219; phone (804)786-3319; e-mail: christine.watlington@dcr.virginia.gov.