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
10/24/16, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Regulatory Review Committee. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
10/25/16, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board. At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.
10/27/16, 9 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.
11/1/16, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
11/2/16, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation. At Murphy Hall, Westmoreland State Park in Montross (Westmoreland County).
11/3/16, 10:30 a.m.: Virginia Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees’ working group on the Foundation’s grant manual and scoring. At the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 600 East Main Street 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?151+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.
10/24/16, 3:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial and aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Woods Creek, located in the Maury River/James River basin in Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington. At Sunnyside House at Kendal Community, 160 Kendal Drive in Lexington.
10/25/16, 10 a.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in the James River, the Pedlar River, and 13 other James River tributaries in the City of Lynchburg. At Region 2000 Local Government Council Office, 828 Main Street in Lynchburg.
10/25/16, 2 p.m.; and 11/1/16, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for aquatic life (benthic) impairments in the Little Calfpasture River, located in the James River basin in Rockbridge County. Both meetings, which are for working groups on lake management and agriculture, respectively, are at the Goshen Volunteer Fire Hall, 140 Main Street in Goshen.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
10/26/16, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Bio-Nomics Services, Inc., of Charlottes, N.C., to land-apply biosolids to about 3868 acres in Bedford County. At Central Virginia Community College-Bedford Campus, 1633 Venture Boulevard in Bedford.
Energy – Climate Change
10/31/16, 1 p.m.: Executive Order 57 Working Group. At 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond. At 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond. This group, established by Executive Order 57, issued by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on June 28, 2016, is to evaluate options under existing authority for the Commonwealth to reduce carbon emissions from the energy sector. Executive Order 57 is available online at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=15762.
10/21/16, 9 a.m., Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee Work Group #3 on Future Permitting Criteria; 10/21/16, 1 p.m.: Work Group #4 on Funding. At the Virginia Housing Center, 4224 Cox Road in Glen Allen. 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 bills state that the Advisory Committee is to examine the following:
(i) options for developing long-term alternative water sources, including water reclamation and reuse, ground water recharge, desalination, and surface water options, including creation of storage reservoirs;
(ii) the interaction between the Department of Environmental Quality’s ground water management programs and local and regional water supply plans within the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area for purposes of determining water demand and possible solutions for meeting that demand;
(iii) potential funding options both for study and for implementation of management options;
(iv) alternative management structures, such as a water resource trading program, formation of a long-term ground water management committee, and formation of a commission;
(v) additional data needed to more fully assess aquifer health and sustainable ground water management strategies;
(vi) potential future ground water permitting criteria; and
(vii) other policies and procedures that the director of the [DEQ] determines may enhance the effectiveness of ground water management in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area.” The Committee is to provide its report by August 2017. More information about the Advisory Committee is available online at http://deq.state.va.us/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity.aspx; more information about groundwater management areas in Virginia is available online at http://www.deq.state.va.us/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/GroundwaterPermitting.aspx.
Infrastructure Construction Funding
10/24/16, 2 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public meeting on the Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List for Fiscal Year 2017 grants from the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund. At the DEQ main office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. The public review and comment period will end immediately following the public meeting. The draft list of loan recipients and projects is available from the DEQ online http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance/FY2017AnnualSolicitation.aspx. More information about the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance.aspx.
10/31/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stormwater Stakeholder Advisory Group on Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Program fees. At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice about this meeting, “Item 8 of Chapters 68 and 758 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly directs DEQ to evaluate fees related to the consolidated Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Program (VESMP) in order to determine whether the program can be funded adequately under the current fee structure. The legislation [HB 1250 and SB 673] provided that Virginia Stormwater Management Program Authorities and Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program Authorities were to submit information to DEQ by August 1, 2016, and directed DEQ to conduct its evaluation based on revenues and resource needs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016. DEQ is convening a Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) to review the Department’s evaluation and consider the need to establish revised fees to fund the consolidated VESMP.” The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.
Virginia Outdoors Plan
10/25/16, 2 p.m.: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public meeting on the Virginia Outdoors Plan. At Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library, 1303 West Third Street in Farmville (Prince Edward County). In August 2016 the DCR began a series of public meetings on the Outdoors Plan. The DCR is working with Virginia’s planning district commissions and regional councils to review outdoor recreation and land conservation initiatives related to the Outdoors Plan, which is a comprehensive blueprint for acquisition, development, and management of outdoor recreation and open space resources. The first plan was developed in 1966; the most recent update, the 11th, was done in 2013). More information on the Outdoors Plan is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/vop.shtml. The DCR intends to hold public meetings in every region. Other upcoming meetings are the following (according to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall, as of 9/12/16):
10/26/16, 2 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 407 East Water Street in Charlottesville.
10/27/16, 10 a.m., at Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, 400-E Kendrick Lane in Front Royal (Warren County).
11/17/16, 10 a.m., at Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, 420 Southridge Parkway in Culpeper.
12/6/16, 10 a.m., at Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, 125 Bowden Street in Saluda (Middlesex County).
Previous meetings included the following:
8/30/16, 10 a.m., at the Northern Neck Enterprise Center, 483 Main Street in Warsaw (Richmond County).
9/6/16, 10:30 a.m., at Tabb Library 100 Long Green Boulevard in Yorktown (York County).
9/7/16, 10 a.m., at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 3040 Williams Drive in Fairfax.
9/8/16, 1:30 p.m., at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake.
9/26/16, 10 a.m., at the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, 1100 Madison Street in Martinsville.
9/27/16, 10 a.m., at New River Valley Regional Commission, 6580 Valley Center Drive in Radford.
9/27/16, 2:45 p.m., at Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, 224 Clydesway Drive, Lebanon (Russell County).
9/28/16, 10 a.m., at Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, 1021 Terrace Drive in Marion (Smyth County).
9/29/16, 9:30 a.m., at Lenowisco Planning District Commission, 372 Technology Trail Lane, Duffield (Scott County).
9/30/16, 10 a.m., at Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road in Lexington.
10/4/16, 10 a.m.: At Southside Planning District Commission, 200 South Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill (Mecklenburg County).
10/6/16, 1 p.m., at Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond.
10/12/16, 12 p.m., at Crater Planning District Commission, 1964 Wakefield Street in Petersburg.
10/13/16, 2 p.m., at George Washington Regional Commission, 406 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.
10/18/16, 10 a.m., at Region 2000 Local Government Council, 828 Main Street in Lynchburg.
10/18/16, 3 p.m., at Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, 313 Luck Avenue, SW, in Roanoke.
11/3/16, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Private Well Regulations Workgroup. At the James Madison Building, 5th Floor Main Conference Room, 109 Governor Street in Richmond. The workgroup is advising the VDH on possible revisions to the regulations, located in the Virginia Administrative Code at 12 VAC 5-630-10 et seq.; the regulations are available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/000/reg/TOC12005.HTM#C0630.