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Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Dec. 8-21, 2016, with Preview for 2017 Virginia General Assembly

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

12/8/16, 9 a.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

12/12/16, 9:30 a.m.: State Water Control Board.  At the General Assembly Building, House Room C, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

12/13/16, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

12/13/16, 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.

12/8/16, 1 p.m.: Joint Meeting of the House and Senate Subcommittees of Commerce and Labor to Study Continued Legislation Relating to Electric Energy.  At Senate Room B in the General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

12/12/16, 10 a.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science.  At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

Starts 1/11/17, Richmond: Virginia General Assembly.  The 2017 General Assembly convenes on January 11 and is scheduled for 30 or 45 days; this is a so-called “short session,” which is held in all odd-numbered years.  (Sixty-day “long sessions” are scheduled for each even-numbered year.)  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 main Web page is http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php; at that site, click on the “Members and Sessions” for session calendars.  The House of Delegates meeting schedule is available at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/schedule/meetingSchedule.php; live video streams of floor sessions from the House are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.  The Senate meeting schedule and the floor sessions’ live video stream are available at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.

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.  Two committees that receive many (but by no means all!) of the water-related bills are the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, which meets weekly on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., in House Room C of the General Assembly Building; 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 Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building.  The General Assembly Building is located at 201 North 9th 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.

None during this period.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Air-Water Connections

12/16/16, 7 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft construction permit for Morgan Lumber Company, Inc., in Red Oak (Charlotte County).  At the Charlotte County Administrator’s Office, 250 LeGrande Avenue in Charlotte Court House.  The company has applied for a permit modification to allow construction and operation of a second continuous kiln at this lumber mill.  The permit addresses several air pollutants that can eventually affect water resources, including nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  The public comment period runs 11/16/16 to 1/3/17.

12/19/16, 5:30 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft construction permit for HP Hood, LLC, in Winchester, a producer of extended shelf-life dairy products.  At the Frederick County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting Room, 107 North Kent Street in Winchester.  The company is seeking a permit amendment to allow construction of a digester gas flare and a cogeneration system consisting of one combustion turbine and two heat recovery steam generators, using natural gas and digester gas for fuel.  The project would classify the facility a major source of air pollution for carbon monoxide; the permit also addresses several air pollutants that can eventually affect water resources, including nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter.  The public comment period runs 11/17/16 to 1/3/17.

Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
12/8/16, 7 p.m.: On the permit application by Synagro Central, LLC, of Champlain, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 1930 acres in Nelson County.  At Nelson County General District Court, 84 Courthouse Square in Lovingston.

12/13/16, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Synagro Central, LLC, of Champlain, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 7257 acres in King and Queen County.  At King and Queen County Courts and Administration Building, 242 Allens Circle in King and Queen Court House.

Dams
12/15/16, 9:30 a.m.: Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts Dam Owner Workgroup.  At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville.

Fort Monroe
12/8/16, 9 a.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee.  At Building 83, 20 Ingalls Road in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).  On 12/15/16 at 1 p.m., the full Board of Trustees meets at Paradise Ocean Club, 490 Fenwick 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/.

Groundwater
12/9/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and State Water Control Board 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 the Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/swc/.  More information on DEQ stormwater-management activities generally is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

12/13/16, 9 a.m.: Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee/Work Group #1, on Alternative Sources of Supply, and #2A, on Alternative Management Structures; 12/13/16, 1 p.m.: Work Group #4 on Funding; and 12/15/16, 1 p.m.: Work Group #2 on Trading.  All three meetings at Troutman Sanders Building, 1001 Haxall Point in Richmond.  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.

Invasive Species
12/13/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee.  At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources in Charlottesville.  The committee will evaluate changes to Virginia’s Noxious Weed Regulation, Section 2 VAC 5-317 in the Virginia Administrative Code.

State Parks
12/14/16, 6 p.m.: Natural Bridge State Park Master Plan public input meeting.  At Natural Bridge Hotel, 15 Appledore Lane in Natural Bridge (Rockbridge County).

Waste Management – Solid Waste
12/14/16, 10 a.m.: DEQ public hearing on a proposed revision to the Virginia’s plan for commercial/industrial solid waste incinerators, under Section 111(d)/129 of the federal Clean Air Act.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the “DEQ is seeking comment on the overall plan, and on the issue of whether any regulations or inventory information included in the plan should be submitted to EPA as part of the plan.  A general notice regarding the proposed state implementation plan revision is available at: http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=637.”

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
12/14/16, 1 p.m.: Regulatory Advisory Panel on the James River Chlorophyll-a Study.  At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad 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 “Empirical Relationships Report” on the protectiveness of the existing chlorophyll criteria, along with the other information resulting from a five-year study by the SAP.  The pertinent section in the Virginia Administrative Code is VAC 25-260-310 bb.

Wells (Private)
12/8/16, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Private Well Regulations Workgroup.  At the Peninsula Health Center, 416 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News.  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.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Dec. 1-14, 2016

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

12/1/16, 10 a.m.: Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals and Geologists Board.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

12/1/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation’s State Trails Advisory Committee.  At the Natural Bridge Conference Center, 15 Appledore Lane in Natural Bridge (Rockbridge County).

12/5/16, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board.  At the General Assembly Building, House Room C, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

12/7/16, 9 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board.  At the Hotel Roanoke in the City of Roanoke.

12/8/16, 9 a.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.

12/12/16, 9:30 a.m.: State Water Control Board.  At the General Assembly Building, House Room C, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

12/13/16, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

12/13/16, 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.

12/8/16, 1 p.m.: Joint Meeting of the House and Senate Subcommittees of Commerce and Labor to Study Continued Legislation Relating to Electric Energy.  At Senate Room B in the General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.

12/12/16, 10 a.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science.  At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th 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.

12/6/16, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in the James River and several tributaries near Lynchburg: Beaver Creek, Blackwater Creek, Burton Creek and an unnamed tributary to Burton Creek, Dreaming Creek, Fishing Creek, Graham Creek, Harris Creek, Ivy Creek, Judith Creek, Opossum Creek, Tomahawk Creek, Williams Run, and Pedlar River.  At Riveredge Park Community Center, 150 Rocky Hill Road in Madison Heights (Amherst County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Air-Water Connections
12/7/16, 5 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board public meeting on a proposed state mitigation plan for the Volkswagen Partial Consent Decree.  At the Administration Board Room of the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road in Henrico.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice posted at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=649, “[o]n October 25, 2016, a Partial Consent Decree was finalized between the United States Justice Department, the Volkswagen (VW) Corporation, and its subsidiaries regarding the installation and use of emissions testing defeat devices in approximately 500,000 2.0 liter vehicles sold and operated in the United States beginning in 2009.  Use of these defeat devices has increased air emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOX), resulting in adverse impacts to air quality and violating the federal Clean Air Act. …An Environmental Mitigation Trust has been established as part the Settlement that provides funds to the states to mitigate the air quality impacts of the higher 2.0 liter vehicle emissions from the offending action. The initial share to Virginia from the Trust is up to $87.6 million dollars.  The Trust establishes a process to administer the funds, a process for states to receive funds, and identifies categories of eligible mitigation actions and expenditures.  In response to the Settlement, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has developed a proposed state mitigation plan intended to provide the public with insight into the Commonwealth’s vision for the eligible uses of the Trust mitigation funds.  This proposed plan is focused on the eligible types of mitigation actions that can produce the greatest air quality benefit in terms of NOX emission reductions, reduce public exposure, and promote clean vehicle technologies.  The proposed state mitigation plan can be found at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/vwmitigation.aspx.  …Because the mitigation plan is expected to have a significant positive impact on the Commonwealth, DEQ is requesting input from the public to help inform the development of the final mitigation plan prior to taking any formal action.  In addition to seeking general comments on the overall plan approach, DEQ is seeking specific comments on the proposed distribution of funding for the categories of eligible mitigation actions, and specific recommendations and information on possible mitigation projects to be considered by the Commonwealth.  …How to comment to DEQ: You may email written comments to vwmitigation@deq.virginia.gov, send a fax (804-698-4510), or send postal mail to the Air Division, Department of Environmental Quality, PO Box 1105, Richmond VA 23218 from November 17 to December 16, 2016.  Please provide your full name, address and telephone number.”

Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
12/8/16, 7 p.m.: On the permit application by Synagro Central, LLC, of Champlain, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 1930 acres in Nelson County.  At Nelson County General District Court, 84 Courthouse Square in Lovingston.

12/13/16, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Synagro Central, LLC, of Champlain, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 7257 acres in King and Queen County.  At King and Queen County Courts and Administration Building, 242 Allens Circle in King and Queen Court House.

Chesapeake Bay
12/7/16, 9 a.m.:  Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee.  At the General Assembly, Building, 4th Floor East Conference Room, 201 North 9th Street in Richmond.  The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee advises the General Assembly on use of money received in the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund from special Bay license plates.  More information on the Committee is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.htm.

Energy – Climate Change
12/1/16, 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.

Groundwater
12/9/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and State Water Control Board 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 the Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/swc/.  More information on DEQ stormwater-management activities generally is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

12/13/16, 9 a.m.: Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee/Work Group #1, on Alternative Sources of Supply, and #2A, on Alternative Management Structures; and 12/13/16, 1 p.m.: Work Group #4 on Funding.  Both meetings at Troutman Sanders Building, 1001 Haxall Point in Richmond.  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.

Invasive Species
12/13/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee.  At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources in Charlottesville.  The committee will evaluate changes to Virginia’s Noxious Weed Regulation, Section 2 VAC 5-317 in the Virginia Administrative Code.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
12/7/16, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission.  At 7373 Comfort Inn Drive in Warrenton (Fauquier County).  The Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly (see Va. Code section 62.1-69.27 to “provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin.”  More information on the work of the Commission is available online at http://rappriverbasin.org/.

State Parks
12/14/16, 6 p.m.: Natural Bridge State Park Master Plan public input meeting.  At Natural Bridge Hotel, 15 Appledore Lane in Natural Bridge (Rockbridge County).

Stormwater
12/2/16, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on the general permit for stormwater discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  This technical advisory committee was established to assist in the development of amendments and the reissuance of the General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (VPDES) Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  The pertinent part of the Virginia Administrative Code is Section 9 VAC 25-890 (formerly Part XV, Sect. 4 VAC 50-60).  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on July 11, 2016.  More information about this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2870.  The DEQ’s Web site for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Virginia Outdoors Plan
12/6/16, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public meeting on the Virginia Outdoors Plan.  At Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, 125 Bowden Street in Saluda (Middlesex 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.
Previous meetings were the following:
8/30/16, at the Northern Neck Enterprise Center, 483 Main Street in Warsaw (Richmond County).
9/6/16, at Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Boulevard in Yorktown (York County).
9/7/16, at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 3040 Williams Drive in Fairfax.
9/8/16, at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake.
9/26/16, at the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, 1100 Madison Street in Martinsville.
9/27/16, at New River Valley Regional Commission, 6580 Valley Center Drive in Radford.
9/27/16, at Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, 224 Clydesway Drive, Lebanon (Russell County).
9/28/16, at Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, 1021 Terrace Drive in Marion (Smyth County).
9/29/16, at Lenowisco Planning District Commission, 372 Technology Trail Lane, Duffield (Scott County).
9/30/16, at Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road in Lexington.
10/4/16, at Southside Planning District Commission, 200 South Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill (Mecklenburg County).
10/6/16, at Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond.
10/12/16, at Crater Planning District Commission, 1964 Wakefield Street in Petersburg.
10/13/16, at George Washington Regional Commission, 406 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.
10/18/16, at Region 2000 Local Government Council, 828 Main Street in Lynchburg.
10/18/16, at Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, 313 Luck Avenue, SW, in Roanoke.
10/25/16, at Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, 400-E Kendrick Lane in Front Royal (Warren County).
10/26/16, at Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 407 East Water Street in Charlottesville.
10/27/16, at Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library, 1303 West Third Street in Farmville (Prince Edward County).
11/17/16, at Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, 420 Southridge Parkway in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

Waste Management – Solid Waste
12/7/16, 6 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft permit modification for the Rockingham County Sanitary Landfill, regarding increasing the landfill’s capacity.  At the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 20 East Gay Street in Harrisonburg.  The public comment period runs 11/2/16 to 12/22/16.

12/14/16, 10 a.m.: DEQ public hearing on a proposed revision to the Virginia’s plan for commercial/industrial solid waste incinerators, under Section 111(d)/129 of the federal Clean Air Act.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the “DEQ is seeking comment on the overall plan, and on the issue of whether any regulations or inventory information included in the plan should be submitted to EPA as part of the plan.  A general notice regarding the proposed state implementation plan revision is available at: http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=637.”

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
12/2/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public informational Webinar on the Shenandoah River Monitoring Plan/algal field methods development.  Webinar registration online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9033045853411247873 (that site also has information on public viewing at the DEQ’s central office in Richmond and Valley Regional Office in Harrisonburg).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[i]n response to citizen concerns raised about algae growth in the Shenandoah River, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) prioritized 5 stream segments, totaling about 25 river miles, for follow-up monitoring in 2016 and 2017.  The purpose of this monitoring is to test field methods that are scientifically based, defensible and reproducible, for estimating the percent coverage of river bottom by filamentous algae.”  The Dec. 2 Webinar is for the DEQ to share progress on developing the algal-monitoring methods.  More information on the development of the algal methods is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityAssessments/ShenandoahAlgae.aspx.

12/14/16, 1 p.m.: Regulatory Advisory Panel on the James River Chlorophyll Study.  At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad 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 “Empirical Relationships Report” on the protectiveness of the existing chlorophyll criteria, along with the other information resulting from a five-year study by the SAP.  The pertinent section in the Virginia Administrative Code is VAC 25-260-310 bb.

Possible Future of Water Infrastructure, Policy, and Technology under the Incoming Trump Administration is Focus of Jan. 12, 2017, Meeting in Boston, Mass.

If you’re going to be near Boston, Mass., in mid-January 2017, and you’re interested in what the incoming Trump Administration may mean for water infrastructure, policy, and technology, here’s an event of interest:

Future of Water:2017 – What does a Trump Administration mean to the US water sector?”  January 12, 2017, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., in Boston.  The event is organized by the New England Water Innovation Network (online at http://www.newengland-win.org/).  Registration for the event (cost is $25) is available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-of-water2017-what-does-a-trump-administration-mean-to-the-us-water-sector-january-12th-2017-tickets-29321820354.

Water in the Trump Administration – Collection of News Items Starting November 9, 2016; Latest Item: Dec. 8, 2016

Following are news media items or news releases identifying or discussing water-related policies or actions under the Donald Trump administration.  Collection of these items began in November 2016; items are listed from oldest to newest.  If this blog page proves valuable to readers, we hope to continue it indefinitely, including for future administrations.

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center and its Water Central News Grouper are dedicated to providing Virginia citizens with non-partisan information, and we will make every effort to do that in this ongoing blog post.  We recognize, though, that some items may contain information or statements that are non-balanced or partisan; in those cases, we either failed to recognize the non-partisan information, or we decided the item was sufficiently informative overall.

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Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days, NPR (National Public Radio), 11/9/16.  [From the article, following are four water-related items (or items affecting energy, which in turn affect water) that Mr. Trump pledged, in an October 2016 speech in Gettysburg, Penn., to begin taking on his first day in office: “FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.  SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.  SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure. …I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:..American Energy & Infrastructure Act.  Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years….”]

S&T [Science and Technology] Policy and R&D [Research and Development] Funding: A Post-Election Analysis, American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 11/14/16.  [“After the Election: What Now for Science Funding and Policy?” was a one-hour Webinar held on November 14, 2016, with panelists Celeste Rohlfing of the AAAS; Bart Gordon, a former chair of House of Representatives’ Science and Technology Committee; and David Goldston, director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Viewing the Webinar requires registration at http://view6.workcast.net/register?pak=2704109997656236 (same link at the headline above).]

How Trump could dismantle current environmental policy, PBS NewsHour, 11/17/16.  [“Donald Trump made it clear during his campaign that as president he would make substantial changes in climate policy.  …William Brangham speaks with David Roberts of Vox about possible changes to energy policy under a Trump administration.”]

What A Trump Presidency Means For Water Management, Infrastructure, Water Online, 11/18/16.

Water Industry Eyes Infrastructure Investments In Trump Administration, Inside EPA, 11/18/16 (subscription required for access; trial subscription available).  [“Water industry groups are reaching out to President-elect Donald Trump to urge his administration to support robust federal funding for water infrastructure investments and to explain their sector’s top water policy priorities, including preserving tax-exempt municipal bonds, ensuring water systems are resilient to extreme events and addressing lead pipes.”]

Trump promised California farmers more water. Can he deliver?, Sacramento Bee, 11/19/16.  [“Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt.  Farmers say they have no choice given cuts in surface water deliveries.  But the drilling has exacted a substantial human cost in some of California’s poorest rural communities.”]

Rhetoric aside, removing climate science from NASA not likely, E&E News Climate Wire, 12/1/16 (subscription required for full article; trial subscriptions available).  [This item is regarding comments by former U.S. Rep. Robert Walker of Pennsylvania, an adviser to the president-elect transition team, about moving climate research funding from the NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).]

Dec. 7-8, 2016, items on nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruit to be director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to head the EPA, has sued the EPA, USA Today, 12/7/16. [“Donald Trump tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, as environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers denounced the selection of a state official who has sued the agency he is now slated to lead.”]
Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A., New York Times, 12/7/16.  [“Mr. Pruitt, a Republican, has been a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies, actions that fit with the president-elect’s comments during the campaign.”]
Donald Trump Taps Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA, Wall Street Journal, 12/7/16.  [“President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a transition official, turning to a climate-change skeptic and sharp critic of the agency to take its helm.  As the chief legal officer of a major oil and natural-gas producing state, Mr. Pruitt, a Republican, has led legal fights against some of President Barack Obama’s most significant environmental rules, and one of his major roles as EPA administrator would likely be to try to roll back those regulations.”]
Trump picks Oklahoma AG Pruitt to head EPA, The [Oklahoma City] Oklahoman, 12/7/16.  [“President-elect Donald J. Trump tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Wednesday to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a strong signal that the next administration will break from eight years of making new regulations on air and water pollution.”]
How far will Scott Pruitt take EPA regulatory reform?, PBS NewsHour, 12/8/16 (10 min./4 sec. video with transcript).  [“President-elect Donald Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general and a critic of climate-change regulations, to head the EPA. Judy Woodruff sits down with Scott Segal of Bracewell and Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, to discuss whether Pruitt’s background suggests “radicalism” and the incoming administration’s promise of regulatory reform.”]

Chesapeake Bay Commission to Meet November 10-11, 2016, in Virginia’s Westmoreland State Park

The Chesapeake Bay Commission will meet Nov. 10-11, 2016, at Westmoreland State Park, 1650 State Park Road in Montross, Va. (Westmoreland County).  The agenda is available online (as a PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/161/oth/Agenda.CBC.1110-1116.pdf.

According to the “Mission” link at Commission’s Web site, http://www.chesbay.us/index.htm, the Commission “is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.  The commission serves as the legislative arm of the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/), and acts in an advisory capacity to [the states’] General Assemblies.”  The commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.

On Virginia Water Radio for National Election Day 2016: A World of Water Issues Awaits

For the final week of run-up to the U.S. national election on November 8, 2016, Virginia Water Radio makes some observations on water’s potential place in voters’ decisions.  The 4 min./55 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2016/11/episode-340-11-2-16-ancient-waters.html, starts from an unlikely, ancient place–Babylon!–with music by the Virginia band No Strings Attached.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

Mineral Oil Discharges from Virginia Electric and Power Company in January 2016 – Consent Order Proposed by Va. DEQ on 10/31/16

On October 31, 2016, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced a proposed consent order with Virginia Electric and Power Company (a subsidiary of Dominion) for two January 2016 incidents where mineral oil from electrical transformers in waterways: approximately 9,000 gallons of oil from a transformer at the West Staunton substation into an unnamed tributary of Bell Creek and subsequently a farm pond Augusta County; and approximately 13,500 gallons into Roaches Run and subsequently the Potomac River at the Crystal City substation in Arlington County.

The proposed consent order’s enforcement actions includes a civil charge of $259,535 and requires completion of a corrective action plan for restoration and monitoring of any long-term impacts.

The proposed order will undergo a public-comment period from October 31, 2016, through November 30, 2016 and then be considered by the State Water Control Board.  The proposed order is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Enforcement/PublicNotices.aspx.  The DEQ will accept comments by e-mail to Lee.Crowell@deq.virginia.gov, or by postal mail to P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23219.

Source: Virginia proposes enforcement action over mineral oil spills by Dominion in 2016, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality News Release, 10/31/16.

For a previous Water Central News Grouper post on the Arlington incident, please see Oil Sheen on Potomac River at Arlington County, Va., and Washington, D.C.