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
3/3/15, 11 a.m.: Aquaculture Advisory Board. At the Virginia Farm Bureau office in Goochland County’s West Creek Business Park, Conference Room 3F, 12580 West Creek Parkway in Richmond.
3/3/15, 4:30 p.m.: Marine Products Board. At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Watermen’s Hall, 1208 Greate Road in Gloucester Point.
3/5/15, 9:30 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board. At 600 East Main Street, 24th Floor, in Richmond.
3/6/15, 10 a.m.: Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority Board. At Engineering Hall, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
3/10/15, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
3/12/15, 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.
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MEETINGS OF LEGISLATIVE BODIES
For meetings of legislative committees and commissions during General Assembly sessions (regular and special), see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+oth+MTG; use the drop-down menu on the left to pick the session of interest (current or past). Links to information about General Assembly commissions, councils, and special interim committees coordinated by the Division of Legislative Services is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions.html.
1/14/15 to 2/28/15 (scheduled adjournment date): Virginia General Assembly. The reconvened (“veto”) session is scheduled for April 15. 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—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/151/com/COM.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.
3/3/15, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in South Fork Holston River, Bishop Branch, Grosses Creek, and Slemp Creek, all in the Holston River/Upper Tennessee River watershed in Smyth and Washington and Smyth counties. At Town Hall, 325 East Lee Highway in Chilhowie.
3/4/15, 2:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in the Mattaponi River and 13 tributaries, located in the York River watershed in the counties of Caroline, King and Queen, and Spotsylvania. At Bowling Green Town Hall, 117 Butler Street in Bowling Green.
3/5/15, 9 a.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Lodge Creek, Meadow Creek, Moores Creek, and Schenks Branch, all in the Rivanna River/James River watershed in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. At Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 407 East Water Street in Charlottesville.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
2/27/15, 10 a.m.: Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission/Public Education Work Group. At the Department of Environmental Quality Central Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. On July 1, 2014, Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe signed Executive Order 19, which re-convened the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. The Commission is to review, update, and prioritize the recommendations of the 2008 Virginia Climate Change Action Plan (available online at http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/state-examples/action-plans.html#va). The group is to issue a report by June 30, 2015. For more information, see Gov. McAuliffe’s 7/1/14 news release at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=5342.
3/5/15, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees. At 490 Fenwick Road in Fort Monroe. On 3/12/15, 9 a.m., the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee meets at 151 Bernard Road in Fort Monroe. In 2011, the Virginia General Assembly (Senate Bill 1400) established the Fort Monroe Authority to manage the historic areas of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort—at the confluence of Hampton Roads with the Chesapeake Bay—after the federal government closed its military facilities there. Fort Monroe had been a U.S. military base since 1836. In 2011, the area was designated as Fort Monroe National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm). More information about Fort Monroe and the Authority is available online at http://www.fmauthority.com/.
Infrastructure Construction Funding
3/2/15, 12:30 p.m.: Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) Strategic Planning Committee. 3/2/15 at 1:30 p.m.: VRA Legislative Committee. 3/2/15, 2:30 p.m.: VRA Personnel Committee. 3/2/15, 3:30 p.m.: VRA Portfolio Risk Management Committee. 3/3/15, 8:30 a.m.: VRA Budget Committee. 3/3/15, 9:30 a.m., and 3/10/15, 9 a.m.: VRA Board of Directors. All at the VRA Office, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1920, in Richmond.
Land and Watershed Management
3/3/15, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Aviation public hearing on proposed runway extension at Richmond Executive-Chesterfield County Airport. At the Chesterfield County Public Meeting Room, 1001 Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield. According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the airport has proposed an 800-foot runway extension and associated property interest acquisition, relocation of navigational aids and fueling facilities, and removal of tree obstructions. Prior to approving the airport’s License Modification Application, the Department of Aviation must consider the environmental review conducted by the DEQ, and the DEQ also coordinates the Commonwealth’s review of documents to ensure that federal activities that can affect Virginia’s coastal resources and uses are conducted in ways that are consistent with Virginia’s Coastal Zone Management Program. The public comment period on the proposal runs 2/15/15 through 3/17/15.
Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
2/27/15, 9 a.m.: DMME Review and Reconsideration Hearing for Denial of Application 1003841 (Ison Rock Ridge) by A & G Coal Corporation for a permit under Virginia’s Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap. The proposed site is located 0.8 miles West of Andover (Wise County).
3/12/15, 6 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation public meeting on update of the Hungry Mother State Park Master Plan. At Hungry Mother State Park, Hemlock Haven Conference Center, 2854 Park Boulevard in Marion (Smyth County).