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)
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.