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
2/24/18, 11 a.m.: Cave Board. At the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue in Staunton.
2/27/18, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
3/2/18, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors section meeting with Virginia Department of Transportation. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive 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?181+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.
Jan. 10-Mar. 10, 2018: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond. The 2018 General Assembly convenes on January 10 and is scheduled for 60 days; this is a so-called “long session,” which is held in all even-numbered years. The reconvened (“veto”) session will be held in April. During long sessions, the Commonwealth’s budget for the upcoming two years is set; amendments to the current biennial budget may be considered both in long and short sessions. In some years, sessions are extended beyond the scheduled length, particularly for budget discussions (any session may be extended for up to 30 days). The General Assembly’s Web site, 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. 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. As of 2018, live streaming of committee meetings is available. Information on live streaming of House committee meetings is online at https://publications.virginiageneralassembly.gov/display_publication/209; for Senate committee meetings, online at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.
Two committees that receive many (but not all) of the water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. (2018 location to be determined, as of 1/10/18); and the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Thursdays, one-half hour after adjournment of the day’s floor session, in the Senate Committee Room on the ground floor of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond. Information about all standing committees as of the 2018 session—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/181/com/COM.HTM.
Relevant subcommittee meetings for this period:
2/26/18, 4 p.m.: House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources/Subcommittee #1. Room E400-B, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.
Natural resource-related caucus meetings for this period:
2/22/18, 7 a.m.: Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. House Subcommittee Room 2, Room E200-B, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.
2/26/18, 4:30 p.m.: Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus. Room E200-B, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond.
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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.
3/6/18, 5:30 p.m., on the watershed plan to address aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Cunningham Creek and its tributaries plus bacterial impairment in Middle Ford Cunningham Creek, all located in the James River basin in Fluvanna County. At the Fluvanna County Public Library, 214 Comons Boulevard in Palmyra. According to a Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for a meeting on 8/1/17, these waterways were the subject of a TMDL study that began in February 2016, but in May 2017 the TMDL study was suspended and a watershed plan will be developed instead.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
3/7/18, 5 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Trading Regulation. At the DEQ Southwest Regional Office, 355 Deadmore Street in Abingdon. Other public hearings will be as follows:
3/12/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Tidewater Regional Office, 5636 Southern Boulevard in Virginia Beach;
3/14/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg;
3/15/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge (Prince William County);
3/19/18, 1:30 p.m., at the DEQ Central Office, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.
The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 5-140. The proposed amendments were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 1/8/18; the public comment period runs through 4/9/18. The proposed amendments follow then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Directive 11 in May 2017 that instructed the DEQ to begin a process of developing regulations to reduce carbon emissions from electric power plants. Executive Directive 11 is available online (as a PDF) at http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf]. A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on June 26, 2017. More information on this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=4818. According to the “Action Summary” at that Web site, “[t]he purpose of the proposed action is to develop a regulation, in accordance with Executive Directive 11 (2017), ‘Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Power Facilities and Growing Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy,’ that (i) ensures that Virginia is trading-ready to allow for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide (CO2) allowances through a multi-state trading program, and (ii) establishes abatement mechanisms that provide for a corresponding level of stringency to CO2 limits imposed in other states with such limits.”
Energy – Wind
2/28/18, 10 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority. According to the Authority’s Web site, http://wind.jmu.edu/offshore/vowda/index.html, the 2010 Virginia General Assembly (companion bills HB 389 and SB 577) created this Authority to “facilitate, coordinate, and support development of the offshore wind energy industry, offshore wind energy projects, and supply chain vendors….”
Land and Watershed Management
2/26/18, 6 p.m.: Spearhead Trails Board of Directors. At Dungannon Depot, 344 Phoenix Street in Dungannon (Scott County). This meeting is sponsored by the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority, online at https://heartofappalachia.com/. Spearhead Trials is an initiative of the Southwest Regional Recreation Area; more information is available online at https://spearheadtrails.com/about-us/.
2/27/18, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) public meeting (Jan. 17)/Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting (Feb. 27) on the development of a Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) for the Northern Virginia region (first meeting of this advisory committee). At the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Suite 200,
3040 Williams Drive in Fairfax. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for the meeting: “This is a notice for the first meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for development of the Salt Management Strategy (SaMS). Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for chloride associated with salt application from snow and ice management have been developed for the Accotink Creek watershed, located in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. These TMDLs are currently in the approval process. The SaMS is intended to assist in the implementation of the Accotink Creek chloride TMDLs. The SaMS aims to prepare a strategy that is capable of achieving the target chloride (salt) loads identified in the Accotink Creek TMDLs and that proactively addresses salt application in the broader surrounding region. The project area for the SaMS includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, Falls Church, and Fairfax. For more information on the SaMS visit http://www.deq.virginia.gov/SaMS.aspx. …All meeting materials related to this project will be posted on the DEQ website at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/SaMS/MeetingMaterials.aspx.
Waste Management/Hazardous Waste
3/6/18, 7 p.m.: Waste Management Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft permit for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Facility Center’s Wallops Flight Facility to manage hazardous waste in Wallops Island (Accomack County). At the Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, Building J20, Route 175, on Chincoteague Road in Wallops Island. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for the March 6 meeting, “NASA Wallops applied for a reissued permit on May 19, 2015, for thermal treatment of propellant by open burning. The draft permit will allow the facility to thermally treat rocket motors and loose propellant grains by open burning.” The public comment period on the draft permit runs 2/2/18 to 4/3/18.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
2/26/18: 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel on the James River Chlorophyll Study. At the DEQ’s Central Office 1111 East Main Street in Richmond. The panel is assisting the DEQ on possible amendments to the existing chlorophyll-a criteria. Part of the group’s work is to review the James River chlorophyll Science Advisory Panel’s information resulting from a five-year study. The pertinent section in the Virginia Administrative Code is VAC 25-260-310 bb.