Category Archives: Laws&Regs

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Sep. 21-Oct. 4, 2017

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.

CANCELLED9/22/17, 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)

Agriculture/Forestry
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.

Coastal Flooding
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.”

Ports
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/.

Scenic Rivers
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).

Stormwater
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.

Clean Water Rule/Waters of the United States Rule of 2015 – Public Comment Period through Sept. 27, 2017, on Proposed Rescinding

On June 27, 2017, the Trump Administration announced a proposed repeal of the  Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States rule, with a potential revised rule to follow at a future date.  On February 28, the Administration had issued a On February 28, the EPA issued a Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule,  the Notice is available online at https://www.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule/notice-intention-review-and-rescind-or-revise-clean-water-rule).

The repeal would reinstate the jurisdictional rule in place in 1986 and a guidance issued in 2008, following the Supreme Court’s Rapanos decision in 2006.  Information on the proposed repeal is available online at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203-0001.  Following official posting on July 27, 2017, of the proposal to rescind, the proposal initially had a 30-day public comment period through August 27, but the comment period was extended until September 27.

The rule, regarding what waters fall under the jurisdiction of the federal Clean Water Act, was issued by the Obama administration in May 2015, but in October 2015 the Appeals Court issued a stay on implementation of the rule, pending the outcome of several federal lawsuits challenging the U.S. EPA over the rule.  For more on the latest developments on this rule, see the U.S. EPA Web site, “Clean Water Rule,” online at https://www.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule.

Click here for more detailed News Grouper post on the Clean Water Rule.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Sep. 14-Sep. 27, 2017

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

9/14/17, 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.

9/19/17, 10:30 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.

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.

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).

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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.

9/19/17, 10 a.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science.  At Denbigh Aviation Academy Work Group, E300-A Conference Room, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main 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.

9/19/17, 1:30 p.m., on the watershed plan related to aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Cunningham Creek and its tributaries plus bacterial impairment in Middle Ford Cunningham Creek, all located in the James River basin in Fluvanna County.  At the Fluvanna County Public Library, 214 Commons Boulevard in Palmyra.  These waterways were the subject of a TMDL study that began in February 2016, but in May 2017 the TMDL study was suspended and a watershed plan will be developed instead.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture/Forestry
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.

Air-Water Connections
9/20/17, 2 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft new source review permit for Fareva Richmond, Inc.  At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  This permit would replace an existing state operating permit for two aerosol can filling lines.  The public comment period runs 8/9/17 to 9/20/17.

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.

Coastal Flooding
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.

Fort Monroe
9/14/17, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee.  At Building 83, 20 Ingalls Road in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton).  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/.

Land and Watershed Management
9/14/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Taxation’s Land Evaluation Advisory Council.  At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources in Charlottesville.  According to the Virginia Code, Sec. 58.1-3829, the “Advisory Council shall determine and publish a range of suggested values for each of the several soil conservation service land capability classifications for agricultural, horticultural, forest and open space uses in the various areas of the Commonwealth….”  Those values are used in assessing properties that qualify for use-value taxation in those land classifications.

Ports
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.

Resource Management Mapping and Planning
9/15/17, 1 p.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Resource Management Plan Implementation Stakeholder Advisory Group.  At the Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “Item 364 Q of the 2017 Appropriations Act requires the Department of Conservation and Recreation [DCR] to establish a stakeholder group to examine the funding, training, and resource needs, as well as explore new incentives, for additional implementation of Resource Management Plans.”  DCR information on resource management planning is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/rmp.  For more information about the advisory group, contact Christine Watlington, DCR Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, 600 East Main Street, 24th Floor, Richmond, 23219; phone (804)786-3319; e-mail: christine.watlington@dcr.virginia.gov.

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/.

Scenic Rivers
9/21/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At City Hall in Richmond.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
9/15/17, 10 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Water Quality Improvement Fund Stabilization Stakeholder Advisory Group.  At the Patrick Henry Building, East Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “Item 364 of the 2017 Appropriations Act requires the Department of Conservation and Recreation [DCR] to establish a stakeholder group to make recommendations on [the following]: (i) increasing the portion of any deposit to the WQIF reserve; (ii) limiting the portion of WQIF reserve that may be utilized; (iii) evaluating combined revenues available from the WQIF and the Natural Resources Commitment Fund in a given fiscal year; (iv) distributing funds to be deposited across a biennial period; and (v) considering the impacts on the staffing and technical assistance needs of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts.”  Virginia Code information on the Water Quality Improvement Act (which created the WQIF) is available online at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title10.1/chapter21.1/.  For more information about the advisory group, contact Christine Watlington, DCR Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, 600 East Main Street, 24th Floor, Richmond, 23219; phone (804)786-3319; e-mail: christine.watlington@dcr.virginia.gov.

9/20/17, 9 a.m.: Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee/Periodic Review Subcommittee.  At the James Monroe Building, 15th Floor Training Room, 101 North 14th Street in Richmond.  As part of a periodic review, the subcommittee is considering proposed amendments and revisions to the Alternative Onsite Sewage System Regulations, Section 12 VAC 5-613 in the Virginia Administrative Code.

Virginia State Water Commission Meets October 24 and December 4, 2017, in Richmond

Virginia’s State Water Commission will meet October 24 and December 4, 2017, both starting at 10 a.m. and both in House Room 1 of the State Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  More information on the October 24 meeting is available online at http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/meetings/499; for the December 4 meeting, online at http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/meetings/500; or contact  the Virginia House of Delegates’ Clerk’s Office/Committee Operations, phone (804) 698-1540.  General information on the State Water Commission is available online at http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/studies/188.

As of September 1, agendas for the meetings had not been published.

According to the Division of Legislative Service’s Web page on the Commission, at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm, the Virginia General Assembly created the Commission to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; and coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues.”  The Commission includes several members of the General Assembly, plus two citizen members.

The current members of the Commission are as follows:
Del. Thomas C. Wright, Jr., Chair
Del. David L. Bulova
Del. T. Scott Garrett
Del. Barry D. Knight
Del. Daniel W. Marshall, III
Del. John M. O’Bannon, III
Del. Luke E. Torian
Del. R. Lee Ware, Jr.
Sen. Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
Sen. Frank M. Ruff, Jr.
Sen. William M. Stanley, Jr.
Sen. Richard H. Stuart
Sen. Frank W. Wagner
Mr. Lamont W. Curtis
Mr. Richard A. Street

James River and Chesapeake Bay Issues the Focus of Va. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Sep. 6, 2017, in Richmond

On September 6, 2017, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the James River Association held a Virginia Gubernatorial candidates’ forum on issues impacting the James River and the Chesapeake Bay.  The forum, featuring Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee, and Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee, was at The National, 708 East Broad Street in Richmond (theater Web site is http://www.thenationalva.com/).

Video of the forum is available online at https://www.facebook.com/chesapeakebay/videos/10155514551750943/.  For more information on the forum, visit http://chesapeake.cbf.org/site/Calendar?id=100401&view=Detail; or phone CBF at (888) 728-3229 (SAVEBAY).

Following are links to news accounts following the forum:
At Virginia gubernatorial forum on clean water, not much daylight between candidates, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/6/17.
VA gubernatorial hopefuls vow to stay course on Bay cleanup, Bay Journal, 9/7/17.

Information for this post was provided by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC).  More information about the VWMC is available online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/; or contact Jane Walker at the janewalk@vt.edu or (540) 231-4159.  Please feel free to forward this information; when forwarding, please acknowledge the VWMC.

Chesapeake Bay Commission Meeting on September 7-8, 2017, on Solomons Island, Md.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission met September 7-8, 2017, on Solomons Island in Maryland.  The agenda for the meeting is available online (as a PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/171/oth/Agenda.CBC.0907-0817.pdf.  The next scheduled Commission meeting is November 9-10, 2017, in Pennsylvania.  Information on Commission meetings (including agendas, presentations, and minutes) is available online at http://www.chesbay.us/meetings.htm.

According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/about.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.

Sea Level Rise and Military Readiness are the Focus of Oct. 27, 2017, Conference by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the College of William and Mary Law School

Defending Our Coasts: Ensuring Military Readiness and Economic Viability as Waters Rise” is the theme of the 5th annual conference of the William and Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Center.  The conference will be held on October 27, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the College of William and Mary School of Education, 301 Monticello Avenue in Williamsburg.

For more information, visit http://law.wm.edu/academics/programs/jd/electives/clinics/vacoastal/index.php; phone (757) 221-3800; or e-mail: lawadm@wm.edu.