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
9/21/17, 9:30 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board. At the Department of Environmental Quality Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond.
9/21/17, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation. In the Water’s Edge Meeting Facility at Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin (Pulaski County).
9/21/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee. At Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.
CANCELLED – 9/22/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority. In House Room 1 of the Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.
9/26/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
9/26/17, 11 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board. At Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, 4201 Dominion Boulevard in Glen Allen (Henrico County).
9/28/17, 9 a.m.: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees. Location to be determined, as of 9/20/17.
10/3/17, 2 p.m.: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Marine Products Board. At the Virginia Insitute of Marine Science, Building 56-Watermen’s Hall, 1375 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).
10/4/17, 10 a.m.: Board for Waste Management Facility Operators. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, Board Room 4, 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?171+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.
10/3/17, 1:30 p.m., and 10/3/17, 6 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in the Birch Creek and Dan River watersheds (including the following tributaries: Big Toby Creek, Byrds Branch, Cane Creek, Cascade Creek, Double Creek, Fall Creek, Germy Creek, Lawless Creek, Lawsons Creek, Miry Creek, Powells Creek, Pumpkin Creek, Sandy Creek, Sandy River, Stewart Creek, Stokes Creek, Sugartree Creek, Tanyard Creek, and an unnamed tributary to Birch Creek), located in the Roanoke River watershed in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties and the City of Danville. The 1:30 p.m. meeting is of the Government Working Group; the 6 p.m. meeting is of the Agricultural and Residential Working Groups. Both meetings at Danville Regional Airport, East Conference Room, 424 Airport Drive in Danville.
10/4/17, 2 p.m., on modification of the 2002 TMDL studies for aquatic life (benthic) and bacterial impairments in Blacks Run and Cooks Creek, located in the Shenandoah River/Potomac River wateshed in Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg. At the Department of Environmental Quality Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
9/27/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pollinator Protection Advisory Committee. In House Room 1 of the Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.
Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
9/21/17, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Houff’s Feed & Fertilizer Co., Inc., of Weyers Cave, Va., to land-apply biosolids to about 858 additional acres in Rockbridge County. At the Rockbridge County Administration Building-Cooperative Extension Office, 150 South Main Street in Lexington.
9/25/17, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding. In Room W011 of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street in Richmond. The subcommittee was created by the 2014 Virginia General Assembly (HJR 16 and SJR 3) to make recommendations for a comprehensive planning effort to address recurrent flooding in Virginia’s Tidewater and Eastern Shore, particularly as climate change is expected to increase extreme weather events. Information on the work of this subcommittee is available from the Division of Legislative Services, online at http://dls.virginia.gov/interim_studies_flooding.html; and in a July 23, 2014, news release from the chair of the subcommittee, Del. Chris Stolle (R-83rd) of Virginia Beach, online at http://chrisstolle.com/chris-stolle-elected-as-chair-of-general-assembly-joint-subcommittee-on-recurrent-flooding.
Land and Watershed Management
10/3/17: 10 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Conservation Planning Stakeholder Advisory Group. At Pocahontas State Park, Powhatan Banquet Hall, 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County). According to the notice for this meeting, “[o]n December 7, 2016, the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board authorized the Department [of Conservation and Recreation] to establish a stakeholder advisory group (SAG) for the Conservation Plan Program. The SAG will provide guidance and offer recommendations into the resources to be considered, components of a plan, training and certification requirements, and other policy and Program considerations.”
9/25/17 and 9/26/17 – Virginia Port Authority meetings. 9/25/17, 1 p.m.: Investment Committee; 9/25/17, 2 p.m.: Growth and Operations Committee; 9/25/17, 4 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee; 9/25/17, 5 p.m.: Executive Committee; 9/26/17, 9 a.m.: Board of Commissioners. All at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.
River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
9/27/17, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission. At Lake of the Woods Clubhouse, 205 Lakeview Parkway in Locust Grove (Orange 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 https://rrbcnews.wordpress.com/.
9/21/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board. At City Hall in Richmond.
9/21/17, 4 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee. At the Purcellville Library, 220 East Main Street in Purcellville (Loudoun County).
9/27/17, 10 a.m.: House Bill 1774 Stormwater Workgroup/Subcommittee 2 (Tiered Approaches). At the William & Mary Law School, 613 South Henry Street in Williamsburg. On 9/29/17, 9 a.m., the full House Bill 1774 Stormwater Workgroup meets at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue, Suite 200, in Richmond. According to the Virginia Legislative Information System, House Bill 1774 in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly “directs the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency to convene a work group to consider alternative methods of stormwater management in rural Tidewater localities. …The group is to be facilitated by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary Law School and is to include representatives of institutions of higher education, state agencies, local governments, private industry, and other groups. The…work group is to review and consider the creation of rural development growth areas, the development of a volume credit program, the payment of fees to support regional best management practices, and the allowance of the use of stormwater in highway ditches to generate volume credits. …The bill also delays from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, the effective date of new stormwater laws enacted during the 2016 Session of the General Assembly.” The work group is to report to the governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2018.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
9/28/17, 3 p.m.: public hearing. State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on reissuance and possible amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for discharges from petroleum contaminated sites, groundwater remediation, and hydrostatic tests. At the DEQ Central Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-120. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published May 30, 2016. According to the NOIRA, the “general permit covers point source discharges of wastewaters from sites contaminated by petroleum products [or by] chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, and also the point source discharges of hydrostatic test wastewaters resulting from the testing of petroleum and natural gas storage tanks and pipelines.” More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4548.
9/28/17, 3 p.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on proposed amendments to the general Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for wastewater discharges from potable water-treatment plants. At the DEQ Central Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-860. More information about this regulation is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2460.
9/28/17, 3 p.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on reissuance and proposed amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for non-contact cooling water discharges of 50,000 gallons per day or less. At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-196. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published May 30, 2016. More information on this regulation is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1899.