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
8/17/16, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board. At the Perimeter Center, Training Rooms 1A, 1B, & 1C, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
8/17/16, 10 a.m.: Board of Game and Inland Fisheries Wildlife, Boat and Law Enforcement Committee. At 7870 Villa Park Drive in Henrico.
8/18/16, 9 a.m.: Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. At 7870 Villa Park Drive in Henrico.
8/23/16, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
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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.
None during this period.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
8/18/16, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program Technical Advisory Committee. At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.
8/19/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pollinator Protection Advisory Committee. In Senate Room 3 of the Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.
Energy – Fossil Fuels
8/29/16, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit amendment requested by Doswell Limited Partnership for the Doswell Energy Center in Ashland (Hanover County). At the Ashland Branch Library, 201 South Railroad Avenue in Ashland. The facility proposes to add two natural-gas-fired combustion turbines, each rated at 170 megawatts. The public comment period is 7/29/16 to 9/13/16.
8/18/16, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees. At 490 Fenwick Road in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton). 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/.
8/25/16, 9 a.m.: Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee/Work Group #3, on Future Permitting Criteria. Also on 8/25/16, 1 p.m.: Work Group #4, on Funding. Both meetings at the Department of Environmental Quality’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). 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.
8/29/16, 1:30 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public meeting on evaluation of existing design specifications for best management practices in areas with a seasonal high groundwater table. At the DEQ’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting: in response to House Joint Resolution 587 in the 2015 Virginia General Assembly, the DEQ is “evaluating the existing design specifications for best management practices (BMPs) listed on the Virginia Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse to allow the effective use of these BMPs in areas with a seasonal high groundwater table.” More information on DEQ stormwater-management activities is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.
Land and Watershed Management
8/18/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s State Trails Advisory Committee. At the Virginia Housing Center, 4224 Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).
8/24/16, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission. At House Room C of the General Assembly Building in Richmond. Agenda (opens as PDF). 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.