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
7/25/17, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
7/21/17, 3 p.m.: Outdoors Foundation Finance, Audit, and Compliance Committee. At 39 Garrett Street in Warrenton.
7/26/17, 1 p.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. At the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King Street in Alexandria.
7/27/17, 9:30 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. The board’s Education and Training Committee meets at 9 a.m. that day at the same location.
7/29/17, 11 a.m.: Cave Board. At the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue in Staunton.
7/31/17, 10 a.m.: Board for Waste Management Facility Operators. At the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond .
* * *
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.
8/2/17, 10 a.m.: Commission on Electric Utility Regulation. Senate Room 3, Capitol Building, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. More information on the commission is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/eur.htm.
* * *
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.
7/21/17, 9:30 a.m.: Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Committee. At the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive #400 in Henrico. According to the Virginia Commonwealth Calendar notice for this meeting, the “focus will be to examine to intensive work related to the 2017 midpoint assessment of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and solicit [committee] views on key issues that are currently under consideration by the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership. Those issues include the fate of loads from the Conowingo Dam, any accommodation for climate change in the Phase III Watershed Implementation plan and other issues that will influence the level of effort required by Virginia, the other states, and the District of Columbia. [The meeting will also bring the committee] up to date of the revisions to the Chesapeake Bay model [and on] upcoming 2018-2019 milestones and seek [committee] input on strategies for ongoing stakeholder engagement in the WIP [Watershed Implementation Plan] development process.” More information about the Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Advisory Committee is available online at https://naturalresources.virginia.gov/chesapeake-bay-restoration/.
8/1/17, 2 p.m., on the development of a watershed plan for 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.
* * *
MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Energy – Fossil Fuels/Groundwater
7/21/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) listening session on the Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund (VPSTF) Reimbursement Guidance Manual and Usual and Customary Rate (UCR) Schedule. At the DEQ Main Office, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, the DEQ is updating the Reimbursement Guidance Manual and the Usual and Customary Rate schedule. Some preliminary goals of the guidance manual update are to adjust individual time and material codes to better reflect the actual expenses incurred; apply appropriate cost adjustments to the UCR schedule; and add and remove time and material codes from the UCR schedule as needed.
Energy – Solar
7/20/17, 10 a.m: Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority. At Main Street Center Meeting Room 1, 600 East Main Street in Richmond. The 2015 General Assembly (SB 1099) created this Authority to facilitate, coordinate, and support the development of the solar energy industry and solar-powered electric energy facilities in the Commonwealth. The 2017 General Assembly (SB 1258) changed its name to add “energy storage” and added to its purposes to position the Commonwealth as a leader in energy-storage technology.
Infrastructure Construction Funding
7/27/17, 9 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) public comment session on Fiscal Year 2018 Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program. At the VDH Office of Drinking Water, 109 Governor Street, 6th Floor, in Richmond. The program provides assistance to public water systems for capital improvement projects to help meet public health protection objectives of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. According to the VDH’s Web site on the Intended Use Plan for 2018 (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.” More information about drinking water funding programs is available online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/financial-construction-assistance-programs/.
Land and Watershed Management
7/25/17, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on proposed runway extension and development project at Stafford Regional Airport. At Stafford Regional Airport, 95 Aviation Way in Fredericksburg. According to the DEQ’s notice for this public comment opportunity (online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=724), the “DEQ is reviewing an Environmental Assessment for a proposed runway extension and other improvements as a component of the airport’s License Modification Application. The purpose of the Environmental Assessment is to determine if a runway extension and additional development at the Airport would significantly impact socioeconomic and environmental resources within the proposed project area.” The public comment period on the proposal runs 6/16/17 through 8/4/17.
7/24/17 and 7/25/17 – Virginia Port Authority meetings: 7/24/17, 1:30 p.m., Nominating Committee; 7/24/17, 2 p.m., Growth and Operations Committee, 7/24/17, 3:35 p.m., Finance and Audit Committee; 7/24/17, 5 p.m., Executive Committee; 7/25/17, 9 a.m., Board of Commissioners and annual meeting. All at 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk.
7/20/17, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board. At City Hall in Richmond.
7/20/17, 4 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee. At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).
Waste Management – Solid Waste
7/27/17, 7 p.m.: Waste Management Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft permit modification for Old Dominion Sanitary Landfill in Henrico County, regarding increasing the landfill’s capacity. At Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road in Henrico. The public comment period runs 6/22/17 to 8/11/17.