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
11/28/17, 10 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees. At the Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.
11/29/17, 6 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Fisheries Management Advisory Committee. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
11/30/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s State Trails Advisory Committee. At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.
12/5/17, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists. At the Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
12/6/17, 9 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board. At the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth.
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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.
11/30/17, 10 a.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science/Environmental Regulations and the Aviation Industry Work Group. At the Division of Legislative Services, Pocahontas Building, 9th Floor West Conference Room, 900 East Main Street in Richmond. On 12/6/17, 10 a.m., the full Commission meets in Room E007 at the same location.
12/4/17, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission. At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. The State Water Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1990. Its purpose, according to Virginia Code section 30-187, is to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; [and] coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues….” More information about the Commission is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm.
12/4/17, 1:30 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding. House Committee Room, Room W011, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond. The subcommittee was created by the 2014 Virginia General Assembly (HJR 16 and SJR 3) to make recommendations for a comprehensive planning effort to address recurrent flooding in Virginia’s Tidewater and Eastern Shore, particularly as climate change is expected to increase extreme weather events. Information on the work of this subcommittee is available from the Division of Legislative Services, online at http://dls.virginia.gov/interim_studies_flooding.html; and in a July 23, 2014, news release from the chair of the subcommittee, Del. Chris Stolle (R-83rd) of Virginia Beach, online at http://chrisstolle.com/chris-stolle-elected-as-chair-of-general-assembly-joint-subcommittee-on-recurrent-flooding.
12/5/17, 9 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee. At the Pocahontas Builidng, Room 200A and Room 200B, 900 East Main Street in Richmond. The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee advises the General Assembly on use of money received in the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund from special Bay license plates. More information on the Committee is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.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.
None during this period.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Energy – All
12/1/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia’s Energy Markets and Planning (E-MAP) Program. At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.
Energy – Fossil Fuels
12/1/17, 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 Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road in Henrico County. 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
11/27/17, 1 p.m: Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority. At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank 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.
12/4/17 and 12/5/17: Virginia Port Authority meetings. 12/4/17, 2 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee; 12/4/17, 3:15 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee; 12/4/17, 5 p.m.: Executive Committee; 12/5/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners public session. All meetings at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.
River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
12/6/17, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission. At the Capitol Building, House Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. The Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly (see Va. Code section 62.1-69.27) to “provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin.” More information on the work of the Commission is available online at http://rappriverbasin.org/.
11/29/17, 10 a.m.: House Bill 1774 Stormwater Workgroup. At the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Suite 200, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond. According to the Virginia Legislative Information System, House Bill 1774 in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly “directs the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency to convene a work group to consider alternative methods of stormwater management in rural Tidewater localities. …The group is to be facilitated by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary Law School and is to include representatives of institutions of higher education, state agencies, local governments, private industry, and other groups. The…work group is to review and consider the creation of rural development growth areas, the development of a volume credit program, the payment of fees to support regional best management practices, and the allowance of the use of stormwater in highway ditches to generate volume credits. …The bill also delays from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, the effective date of new stormwater laws enacted during the 2016 Session of the General Assembly.” The work group is to report to the governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2018.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
11/28/17, 2 a.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on the triennial review of water-quality standards for bacteria, ammonia, cadmium and human health criteria) (9 VAC 25-260 in the Virginia Administrative Code.) At the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke. According to DEQ information online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityStandards/LawsMandates.aspx, Virginia Code section 62.1-44.15 (3a), part of Virginia’s State Water Control Law, requires the State Water Control Board to review and update the Commonwealth’s water-quality standards at least every three years. The Board conducted a triennial review in 2015, but the Board deferred to a separate rulemaking updates to freshwater aquatic life criteria for ammonia, amendments to the 94 human health criteria, and new EPA recommendations for recreation waters criteria (bacteria) and aquatic life (potentially for cadmium and selenium) (Board action taken at January 14, 2016, meeting). The proposed amendments on these itmes were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on September 18, 2017. The public comment period runs 9/18/17 to 12/8/17. More information on these proposed amendments is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=3171&display=stages. More information on the triennial review overall is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4017.
11/30/17, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Oyster Credit Advisory Committee. At The DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, this “advisory committee [was established] to assist in the evaluation of a proposal from the Oyster Company of Virginia to generate nutrient credits from an oyster aquaculture operation.”