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
4/21/15, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board. At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.
4/28/15, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
4/28/15, 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.
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MEETINGS OF LEGISLATIVE BODIES
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.
4/20/15, 1:30 p.m.; and 4/30/15, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for aquatic life (sediment) and bacterial impairments in the Upper Roanoke River and 11 tributaries; the waters are located in Roanoke River/Albemarle Sound basin in the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke, and the cities of Roanoke and Salem. The April 20 meeting is of the steering committee; it takes place at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke. The April 30 meeting is a public meeting to discuss the draft implementation plan; it takes place at Meadowbrook Center, 267 Alleghany Spring Road in Shawsville.
4/30/15, 1:00 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in Brewers Creek and Chuckatuck Creek (Hampton Roads/Chesapeake Bay watershed) in Isle of Wight County and the City of Suffolk. At the CE&H Ruritan Hall, 8881 Eclipse Drive in Suffolk.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Energy – Wind
4/23/15, 10:30 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority. At the State Capitol, House Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. 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….”
4/23/15, 7 p.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) public hearing on permit application by the Rogers Group, Inc., for the Russell County High-Cal Quarry, approximately 1 mile north of Dickensonville. At the Southwest Virginia Technology Center, 141 Highland Drive in Lebanon.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
4/21/15, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit for Domestic Sewage Discharges Less Than or Equal to 1,000 Gallons Per Day. At the DEQ’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen. The committee is helping the DEQ in reviewing the regulations for reissuance and possible amendment. The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-110. The notice of intended regulatory action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on October 20, 2014. Information about the regulation is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2092.
5/4/15, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Watershed Permit Regulation for Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus Discharges and Nutrient Trading in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Virginia. At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen. The relevant section in the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-802. A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published on February 4, 2015; the public comment period on that notice ended 3/25/15. More information on the current proposal is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2466. The 2012 Virginia General Assembly passed the Nutrient Trading Act (HB 176 and SB 77), which required the Soil and Water Conservation Board to adopt regulations related to certification of nutrient credits from non-point sources, including credits generated from agricultural and urban stormwater best management practices, incineration or management of manures, land use conversion, stream or wetlands restoration, shellfish aquaculture, algal harvesting, and other methods of nutrient control or removal. Since then, the program has been transferred to the State Water Control Board and the DEQ. More information about Virginia’s nutrient credit trading program is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/PermittingCompliance/PollutionDischargeElimination/NutrientTrading.aspx.