Category Archives: Events

Water-related public meetings by Virginia’s legislature, agencies, citizen boards, and other entities. Usually posted weekly, for the upcoming two weeks.

Closing Out Weekly “Virginia Water-related Public Meetings” Posts as of 5-4-22; Sources Provided

Dear readers of “Virginia Water-related Public Events,”

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center will no longer be producing that weekly post.

Our sources for the material for the posts have been the following:

Virginia Regulatory Town Hall, online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/meetings.cfm?time=future;
Virginia Commonwealth Calendar, online at https://commonwealthcalendar.virginia.gov/; and
Virginia Legislative Information System (for General Assembly-related meetings), online at https://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm.

For other events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, https://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/announcements/.

Thank you for your past interest in these posts.

Alan Raflo
Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Virginia Water-related Public Meetings for April 29 – May 13, 2022; Including Information on the 2022 Virginia General Assembly

Click on underlined meeting dates or times for more information.  Click here for the Commonwealth Calendar listing of all government meetings open to the public, and here for the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall listing of all government meetings of a regulatory nature.

For other events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, https://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/announcements/.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF AUTHORITIES, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES, AND COUNCILS

5/3/22, 10:30 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority.  At Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).

5/4/22, 9:30 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Hearing Room 3 & Hearing Room 5, 9960 Mayland Drive in Henrico County.

5/11/22, 10 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

5/12/22, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation.  At Natural Tunnel State Park, 1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway in Duffield (Scott County).

5/12/22, 1:30 p.m.: Waterworks Advisory Committee/Subgroup on Fee Regulations.  Electronic meeting; access online at https://vdhoep.webex.com/vdhoep/j.php?MTID=mc67b3a93c4f6321c3841f224f8a37bd6, aaccess code: 2630 806 0792, password: VejituTx257; or join by phone at (844) 992-4726.  The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 12VAC 5-600.

*          *          *

VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS

For meetings of the General Assembly, legislative committees, and legislative commissions, see https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?222+oth+MTG (as of 3-29-22).  Links to information about General Assembly commissions, councils, and special interim committees coordinated by the Division of Legislative Services are available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions.html.  The Virginia General Assembly Web site is https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/.

Started January 12, 2022: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  Current status is available online at this link.  The 2022 General Assembly convened on January 12 and adjourned on March 12.  On March 23, Gov. Glenn Younkin called back the Assembly for a special session to begin on April 4 for the purpose of passing a biennial state budget for fiscal years 2023 and 2024; the governor’s proclamation calling back the Assembly is online at this link.  A reconvened (“veto”) session, for the purpose of considering vetoes or recommendations from the governor, was held on April 27, 2022.  More information about the Assembly’s normal schedule and duration is available in “About the General Assembly,” online at this link.  The General Assembly’s main Web page, http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php, offers several useful features, including member lists, session calendars, live video of floor sessions, and information on legislative processes.  The Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site, http://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm, provides lists and summaries of all bills, searchable by topic, member, committee, etc.

Video streams of sessions and meetings for both the House of Delegates and the Senate, including committees, are available online at https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/virginiaLegislature.php?secid=20&activesec=2# (click on the + icon at the center top of that page), as of 12-28-21.

To express an opinion on legislation, citizens are requested to contact their respective delegate of senator.  If you do not know your representatives or their contact information, you can use the online “Who’s My Legislator” service, available at http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.

You can find members’ contact information at these links:
House of Delegates, at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php;
State Senate, at https://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/.

The Lobbyist-In-A-Box subscriber service also offers free tracking for up to five bills, and it offers tracking of more than five bills for a fee; visit http://lis.virginia.gov/h015.htm.  For more information or assistance, phone Legislative Automated Systems at (804) 786-9631 or Virginia Interactive at (804) 318-4133).

The organization Open Virginia’s Richmond Sunlight Web site, at https://www.richmondsunlight.com/, also offers tools for following the General Assembly and for learning about Virginia law.

*          *          *

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

For more information about TMDLs in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Development Web site.  There are links at that site to search for draft and approved TMDLs.

5/9/22, 10 a.m., on the watershed clean-up plan (TMDL study and subsequent implementation plan) for aquatic life (benthic) impairments in several James River tributaries, located in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George counties and the cities of Petersburg and Hopewell: Bailey Creek, Nuttree Branch, Oldtown Creek, Proctors Creek, Rohoic Creek, and Swift Creek.  At Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive in Midlothian (Chesterfield County).

5/10/22, 1:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Beaverdam Creek, Fryingpan Creek, Pigg River, and Poplar Branch in Bedford, Franklin, and Pittsylvania counties, in the Roanoke River watershed.  At Franklin County Public Library, 355 Franklin Street in Rocky Mount.

*          *          *

MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests

5/5/22, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., to land-apply biosolids to 3551 acres (including about 1404 acres of new land) in Clarke County.  At the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center, 101 Chalmers Court in Berryville.

Chesapeake Bay

5/5/22 and 5/6/22: Chesapeake Bay Commission.  At Cork Factory Hotel, 480 New Holland Avenue, #3000, in Lancaster, Penn.  Agenda online (as a PDF) at https://lis.virginia.gov/221/oth/Agenda.CBC.0505-0622.pdf.  The next regular meeting is scheduled for September 8-9, 2022, in Charlottesville, Va.  The Commission is a tri-state legislative commission created in the 1980s to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.  The Commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.  More information on the Chesapeake Bay Commission is available online at http://www.chesbay.us/.

Groundwater

5/11/22, 10 a.m.: Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee.  At the Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  The 2015 Virginia General Assembly passed HB 1924 and SB 1341, companion bills that established this Advisory Committee to assist the State Water Commission and the DEQ in developing, revising, and implementing a management strategy for groundwater in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area.  The Committee was reestablished by SB 679 in the 2020 General Assembly.  More information about the Advisory Committee is available online at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/water/water-quantity/advisory-committees/eastern-virginia-groundwater-management-advisory-committee.

Virginia Water-related Public Meetings for April 22 – May 6, 2022; Including Information on the 2022 Virginia General Assembly

Click on underlined meeting dates or times for more information.  Click here for the Commonwealth Calendar listing of all government meetings open to the public, and here for the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall listing of all government meetings of a regulatory nature.

For other events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, https://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/announcements/.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF AUTHORITIES, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES, AND COUNCILS

4/26/22, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 380 Fenwick Road in Ft. Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).

4/28/22, 8:30 a.m.: State Trails Advisory Committee.  At Hilton Richmond Downtown, 501 East Broad Street in Richmond.

5/3/22, 10:30 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority.  At Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).

5/4/22, 9:30 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, Hearing Room 3 & Hearing Room 5, 9960 Mayland Drive in Henrico County.

*          *          *

VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS

For meetings of the General Assembly, legislative committees, and legislative commissions, see https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?222+oth+MTG (as of 3-29-22).  Links to information about General Assembly commissions, councils, and special interim committees coordinated by the Division of Legislative Services are available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions.html.  The Virginia General Assembly Web site is https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/.

Started January 12, 2022: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  Current status is available online at this link.  The 2022 General Assembly convened on January 12 and adjourned on March 12.  On March 23, Gov. Glenn Younkin called back the Assembly for a special session to begin on April 4 for the purpose of passing a biennial state budget for fiscal years 2023 and 2024; the governor’s proclamation calling back the Assembly is online at this link.  A reconvened (“veto”) session, for the purpose of considering vetoes or recommendations from the governor, will be held on April 27, 2022.  More information about the Assembly’s normal schedule and duration is available in “About the General Assembly,” online at this link.  The General Assembly’s main Web page, http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php, offers several useful features, including member lists, session calendars, live video of floor sessions, and information on legislative processes.  The Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site, http://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm, provides lists and summaries of all bills, searchable by topic, member, committee, etc.

Video streams of sessions and meetings for both the House of Delegates and the Senate, including committees, are available online at https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/virginiaLegislature.php?secid=20&activesec=2# (click on the + icon at the center top of that page), as of 12-28-21.

To express an opinion on legislation, citizens are requested to contact their respective delegate of senator.  If you do not know your representatives or their contact information, you can use the online “Who’s My Legislator” service, available at http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.

You can find members’ contact information at these links:
House of Delegates, at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php;
State Senate, at https://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/.

The Lobbyist-In-A-Box subscriber service also offers free tracking for up to five bills, and it offers tracking of more than five bills for a fee; visit http://lis.virginia.gov/h015.htm.  For more information or assistance, phone Legislative Automated Systems at (804) 786-9631 or Virginia Interactive at (804) 318-4133).

The organization Open Virginia’s Richmond Sunlight Web site, at https://www.richmondsunlight.com/, also offers tools for following the General Assembly and for learning about Virginia law.

*          *          *

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

For more information about TMDLs in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Development Web site.  There are links at that site to search for draft and approved TMDLs.

None during this period.

*          *          *

MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests

4/28/22, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 1909 acres (including about 848 acres of new land) in King William County.  At the King William County Administration Building, 180 Horse Landing Road in King William.

5/5/22, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 3551 acres (including about 1404 acres of new land) in Clarke County.  At the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center, 101 Chalmers Court in Berryville.

Chesapeake Bay

5/5/22 and 5/6/22: Chesapeake Bay Commission.  At Cork Factory Hotel, 480 New Holland Avenue, #3000, in Lancaster, Penn.  Agenda online (as a PDF) at https://lis.virginia.gov/221/oth/Agenda.CBC.0505-0622.pdf.  The next regular meeting is scheduled for September 8-9, 2022, in Charlottesville, Va.  The Commission is a tri-state legislative commission created in the 1980s to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.  The Commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.  More information on the Chesapeake Bay Commission is available online at http://www.chesbay.us/.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards

4/28/22, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulatory advisory panel on fees under the Virginia Stormwater Management Program and the Nonpoint Source Nutrient Credit Certification Program.  At the Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  This regulatory advisory panel is considering changes to the regulations concerning the statewide permit fee schedule supporting the Virginia Stormwater Management Program and the application fee schedule supporting the Nutrient Credit Certification Program.  The relevant sections of the Virginia Administrative Code are 9 VAC 25-870 for the Stormwater Management Program and 9 VAC 25-900 for the Nutrient Credit Program.  Notices of Intended Regulatory Action were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on September 13, 2021.  More information on the regulatory action for the Stormwater Management Program is online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2776; for the Nutrient Credit Program, at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2871.

Wells (Private)

4/25/22, time not indicated: Department of Health (VDH) Private Well Regulations Workgroup.  At the James Madison Building, 5th Floor Main Conference Room, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.  Click on the meeting date for information on electronic access.   The regulations are located in the Virginia Administrative Code at 12 VAC 5-630.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1457.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 6-1-20: Music to Observe Virginia Cave Week, May 31-June 6

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of June 1, 2020, is “Observing Virginia Cave Week with ‘In the Cave’ by Pepe Deluxé.”  The 4 min./12 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/06/episode-527-6-1-20-observing-virginia.html, features remarkable music performed in a remarkable Virginia landmark created by groundwater.  This episode revises and replaces an episode from April 2013.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 3-11-19: Do the Drill Again for Tornado Preparedness

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of March 11, 2019, is “Tornado Preparedness and Virginia’s Statewide Tornado Drill.”   The 5 min./00 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/03/episode-463-3-11-19-tornado-safety-and.html, focuses on tornado safety and preparedness, including Virginia’s statewide tornado drill on March 19, 2019.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 12-31-18: Water in New Year’s Traditions, 2019 Edition

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of December 31, 2018, is “Water and the 2019 New Year.”  The 3 min./57 sec. episode is available online at this link.  The episode describes some water-related New Year observances and celebrations in Virginia and around the world, including the dropping of a giant Walleye model in Port Clinton, Ohio.  The episode features music by high school students at World Community Education Center in Bedford, Va., with accompaniment by members of the Blacksburg, Va.-based band Sweet Chalybeate.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

Chesapeake Bay Commission Meeting on May 3-4, 2018, Washington, D.C.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission will meet May 3-4, 2018, at in Washington, D.C.  The agenda for the meeting is available online (as a PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/181/oth/Agenda.CBC.0503-0418.pdf.  The Commission will meet again on September 6-7, 2018, in Woodbridge, Va.; and November 8-9, 2018, at a location in Maryland.  Information on Commission meetings (including agendas, presentations, and minutes) is available online at http://www.chesbay.us/meetings.htm.

According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/about.htm), the Commission “is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.  The Commission serves as the legislative arm of the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/), and acts in an advisory capacity to [the states’] General Assemblies.”  The Commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.

National Prescription Drug Take-back Day is April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018, is the next scheduled National Prescription Drug Take-back Day.

Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and conducted by law-enforcement agencies nationwide, the event is designed to help people properly dispose of unused drugs.  Proper disposal helps prevent improper drug use and helps keep chemicals out of waterways.

To see if a take-back day is happening near you,  visit the U.S. Department of Justice “National Prescription Drug Take Back” Web site, http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you; or call your local police or sheriff’s department.

For an audio take on proper disposal of medications, have a listen to Virginia Water Radio Episode 417 (4-23-18) (3 min./42 sec.).

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – April 10, 2018, Edition

Please note: Due to changes in staff at the Virginia Water Resources Research Center starting in May 2018, this will be the last update in this series of posts on Virginia water-related events.  For current information on water-related conferences and other events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

Boats and crews 2 Batteau Fest Jun15 2013One of Virginia’s most distinctive water-related events: the annual James River Batteau Festival, launched every June in Lynchburg, Va.  Shown above is the launch on June 15, 2013.  The 33rd annual festival runs June 16-23, 2018.

This post lists conferences, meetings, and other events related to Virginia’s water resources and held in Virginia (in  most cases; nearby out-of-state events are occasionally included).  Except for online meetings or seminars, the events here typically are at least several hours long (for example, this site does not list the frequent one-hour water-related seminars held at Virginia colleges or universities).  This post is updated as information becomes available and is re-posted monthly.

This list does not include Virginia government meetings (except for a listing of the dates of the Virginia General Assembly, which starts each January).  The News Grouper blog has a post on those meetings each week, at  https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Water-related+Government.

For water-related meetings outside of Virginia, please see the Grouper post, “A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States and Elsewhere,” re-posted quarterly.

Thanks to the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) for providing some of the information in this post.  More information about the VWMC is available online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/

For links to events lists from several other organizations, please see the bottom of this post.

Continuing through October 31, 2018, statewide: Virginia Household Water Quality Program drinking-water clinics.  People who rely on private wells, springs, or cisterns can get their water tested inexpensively for key constituents and receive a report interpreting the results.  The cost to participate in 2017 was $55.  A list of upcoming clinics in 2018 is available at http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php.  For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or wellwater@vt.edu.

April 11, 2018, Roanoke: Annual “Water is Life” Conference.  Organized by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP).  More information: http://www.sercap.org; or e-mail swatts@sercap.org.

Apr. 28, 2018: National Prescription Drug Take-back Day.  Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and conducted by law-enforcement agencies nationwide.  The event is designed to help people properly dispose of unused drugs in order to help prevent improper drug use and to keep chemicals out of waterways.  To see if a take-back day is happening near you, call your local police or sheriff’s department, or visit the U.S. Department of Justice “National Take Back Initiative” Web site at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you.

April 26-28, 2018, Chesapeake and Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival.  More information: https://www.facebook.com/greatdismalswampbirdingfest/.

May 1-4, 2018, Richmond: Virginia Forestry Summit.  Organized by the Virginia Forestry Association.  More information: http://www.vaforestry.org/; (804) 278-8733; vfa@vaforestry.org.

May 8-9, 2018, Staunton:  Virginia Turfgrass Council’s Come to the Valley Conference.  More information: http://www.cometothevalley.org/; (757) 464-1004  (Virginia Beach); e-mail: vaturf@verizon.net.

May 11-13, 2018, Konnarock: Mount Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally.  Organized by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center.  Events include a featured speaker, field trips, and nighttime programs.  More information: http://blueridgediscoverycenter.org/mrnr/.

May 22-24, 2018, Longwood University, Farmville: 2018 Virginia Junior Academy of Science Research Symposium.  More information: http://www.vjas.org/.

May 23-25, 2018, Longwood University, Farmville: Spring Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science.  More information: http://vacadsci.org/vas-meetings/annual-spring-meeting/; (804) 864-1450; e-mail: vasoffice@vacadsci.org.

Jun. 1-3, 2018, statewide: Free Fishing Days.  Organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  No state fishing license needed during this period, except when fishing on stocked trout waters.  More information: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/free-fishing-days/.

Jun. 1-3, 2018, Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox: Women’s Outdoor Weekend (for ages 10 and up).  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information: http://holidaylake4h.com/wow.php; phone (434) 248-5444; e-mail: bgoin@vt.edu.

Jun. 2, 2018: Annual Potomac River Swim for the Environment.  Swimmers dive into the Potomac at Hull Neck in Northumberland County, Virginia, and swim 7.5 miles to Point Lookout State Park in Maryland.  Participants raise funds for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Potomac River Association, the Potomac River Conservancy, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and the St. Mary’s Watershed Association.  More information: http://www.potomacriverswim.com.

June 16-23, 2018, on the James River, starting at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg: 33rd Annual James River Batteau Festival.  Organized by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society.  More information: http://www.vacanals.org/batteau/.

Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2018, statewide: Virginia Waterways Cleanup.  Organized by Clean Virginia Waterways at Longwood University.  This is a series of local beach, bay, river, stream, lake, and pond cleanups across the state.  2018 is the 24th year that the organization has coordinated the Virginia cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy.  More information: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/; (434) 395-2602 or cleanva@longwood.edu.

Sep. 15, 2018, Virginia Beach: Elizabeth River RIVERFest.  Organized by the Elizabeth River Project. More information: www.elizabethriverfest.org; or contact Susan Smith at (757) 399-7487 or ssmith@elizabethriver.org.

Oct. 9-14, 2018, on the Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore, Md., and Portsmouth Virginia: Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.  More information: http://www.gcbsr.org/; phone (757) 393-2220; e-mail: mailto:mrace@gcbsr.org.

Oct. 18, 2018, 10:18 a.m., across the southeastern United States: Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill.  Organized by several partners, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  More information: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/; or e-mail: shakeout@cusec.org.

LINKS TO EVENTS LISTS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Boating Safety Classes by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation/Nutrient Management Training

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation/State Parks Events

Virginia Department of Emergency Management Training Events (including for floods, hazardous material, and other water-related emergencies)

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Training for Stormwater Management and Erosion/Sediment Control

Virginia Department of Health Listing of Training Resources for Onsite Sewage Professionals

Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program Events

Virginia Green (Virginia Tourism Corporation site for “green” vacations and activities)

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Virginia Master Naturalists

Virginia Native Plant Society

Virginia Sea Grant’s Links to Marine-education Opportunities for K-12 Teachers (click on “Professional Development”)

Virginia Water Environment Association

American Water Resources Association-National Capital Region Section

U.S. EPA Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars

Wetlands Education and Training Opportunities from Environmental Concern (non-profit in St. Michaels, Md.; opportunities for professionals and educators).

Shenandoah River Algae Monitoring is Focus of March 29, 2018, Webinar by Va. Dept. Environmental Quality

On March 29, 2018, at 10 a.m., the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public informational Webinar on the Shenandoah River Monitoring Plan/algal field methods development.  Webinar registration online at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8157969848076699649.

According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Notice for the 3/29/18 Webinar, “In response to citizen concerns raised about algae growth in the Shenandoah River, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) prioritized 5 stream segments, totaling about 25 river miles, for follow-up monitoring in 2016 and 2017.  DEQ will hold a public informational webinar on March 29…to share the agency’s progress on the development of algal field monitoring and assessment methods in the Shenandoah River.”

More information on the development of the Shenandoah algae methods is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityAssessments/ShenandoahAlgae.aspx.