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
7/19/16, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board. At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.
7/20/16, 2 p.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. At Meadow Event Park, 13048 Dawn Boulevard in Doswell (Hanover County).
7/21/16, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee. At Sydnor Hydro, 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.
7/22/16, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation. At The Heritage Center, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).
7/26/16, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
7/28/16, 9 a.m.: Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists’ Wetland Delineator Exam Committee. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
7/28/16, 9 a.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
7/28/16, 9:30 a.m.: State Water Control Board. At the General Assembly Building, House Room C, 201 North Street 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.
7/28/16, 9 a.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch, located in the Potomac River watershed in Fairfax County. At Richard Byrd Library Meeting Room, 7250 Commerce Street in Springfield.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Infrastructure Construction Funding—Water Supply
7/21/16, 9 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) public comment session on Fiscal Year 2017 Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program. At the Department of Environmental Equality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). According to the VDH’s Web site on the Intended Use Plan for 2017 (online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/office-of-drinking-water/financial-construction/drinking-water-state-revolving-fund-program/): “Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress authorizes capitalization grants to the states through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWSRF). As part of the annual DWSRF grant application process Virginia seeks meaningful public involvement through input, review, and comments. The VDH’s Office of Drinking Water (ODW) has prepared a draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) that explains the goals of the program, funding priorities, how VDH intends to use the grant funds and other important information submitted from the funding requests and set-aside suggestions.”
7/28/16, 6 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation update on the Fairy Stone State Park Master Plan. At Fayerdale Hall Conference Center, 1003 Fairystone Lake Drive in Stuart (Patrick County).
7/22/16, 10 a.m.; and 7/29/16, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on reissuance and possible amendments to the general Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit for Vehicle Wash Facilities and Laundry Facilities. 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 25-194. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published January 25, 2016. More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1897.
7/27/16, 6 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public meeting on applications for No Discharge Zone Designations for Sarah Creek and the Perrin River in Gloucester County. At Abingdon Elementary School, 7087 Powhatan Drive in Hayes. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “the Virginia DEQ is announcing its intent to apply to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two federal No Discharge Zones (NDZs) and is seeking public comment on the draft application. …The code of Virginia (Section 62.1-44.33) resolves that all tidal creeks in Virginia be designated federal No Discharge Zones premised on the improvement of impaired tidal creeks and directs the VDEQ to pursue this designation. It is currently illegal to discharge raw sewage in U.S. territorial waters. In a NDZ, this ban is expanded to include sewage treated by on-board marine sanitation devices. A NDZ is determined by EPA upon application from the state, and is contingent on the state demonstrating: 1) the need for enhanced protection of water quality, 2) the availability of sufficient local alternatives to overboard discharge (i.e. pump-outs), and 3) local stakeholder support. DEQ is seeking this designation as one component of a ‘pollution diet’ [Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL] for small tidal Chesapeake Bay tributaries, which are frequently impaired for shellfish harvest due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria. The Go Green Committee of Gloucester County has partnered with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to conduct an analysis of boat usage and pump-out availability for Sarah Creek and Perrin River in Gloucester County, and DEQ has concluded that existing pump-out facilities are adequate to service estimated peak-demand.” A draft application to EPA for NDZ designation has been prepared; the day after the public meeting, this document will be available for public review and comment on the DEQ “No Discharge Zone” Web site, at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/TMDL/NoDischargeZoneDesignations.aspx.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
7/20/16, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulatory Advisory Panel on the triennial review of water-quality standards (9 VAC 25-260 in the Virginia Administrative Code.) At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). According to DEQ information online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityStandards/LawsMandates.aspx, Virginia Code section 62.1-44.15 (3a), part of Virginia’s State Water Control Law, requires the State Water Control Board to review and update the Commonwealth’s water-quality standards at least every three years. The Board conducted a triennial review in 2015, but the Board deferred to a separate rulemaking updates to freshwater aquatic life criteria for ammonia, amendments to the 94 human health criteria, and new EPA recommendations for recreation waters criteria (bacteria) and aquatic life (potentially for cadmium and selenium) (Board action taken at January 14, 2016, meeting). The Regulatory Advisory Panel has been reconvened to help consider those updates. More information on the triennial review is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4017.
7/27/16, 12 noon: Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Nutrient Credit Work Group. At the Capitol Building, House Room 3, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. The Capitol Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order 52 (January 28, 2016) called for creation of a work group comprising of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies, the Virginia Nutrient Credit Exchange Association, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the James River Association and other interested stakeholders “to study and recommend methods to facilitate the acquisition of nutrient allocations and/or credits through the Virginia Nutrient Credit Exchange Program to offset discharges of nutrients by point-source dischargers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed on a long-term (20+ year) basis.” The text of Executive Order 52 is available online (as PDF) at https://governor.virginia.gov/media/5278/eo-52-development-of-long-term-offsetting-methods-within-the-virginia-nutrient-credit-exchange-program.pdf. More information about Virginia’s nutrient credit trading program is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/PermittingCompliance/PollutionDischargeElimination/NutrientTrading.aspx.