On Virginia Water Radio for May 2018: Four Episodes on Watershed Connections of Western Virginia Rivers

For May 2018, Virginia Water Radio has series of four revisits to previous episodes on the watershed connections of western Virginia rivers.  The episodes are the following:

Episode 419, 5/7/18 – Meet the Big Sandy Watershed with “Three Forks of Sandy” by Bobby Taylor.

Episode 420, 5/14/18 – Exploring Virginia’s Tennessee River Tributaries Through “Clinch Mountain Quickstep” by Timothy Seaman.

Episode 421, 5/21/18 – Connecting Southwestern Virginia Waters to the Ohio River Through “Ohio Valley Rain” by Cornerstone.

Episode 422, 5/28/18 – Virginia and the Ohio River Valley Connect Through Watersheds, Wars, and Western Migration.

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Virginia’s major river basins.  The Virginia portion of the Big Sandy River watershed is shown in green at the lower left.  Map from Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/wsheds, accessed 5/20/13.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

Virginia Water Central News Grouper on Vacation for May 2018

Dear Virginia Water Central News Grouper readers,

The Grouper will be on vacation in May 2018.

In June 2018, the Grouper will return with weekly posts on Virginia Water Radio, Virginia precipitation and stream flow, and Virginia water-related government events, plus possibly occasional posts on other items.

For non-governmental water-related events in Virginia and elsewhere, please see the Virginia Water Monitoring Council’s “Announcements,” online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

Thank you for using the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, and if you have any questions, please send an e-mail to araflo@vt.edu.

See you in June 2018 for more on water in Virginia!

Laurel Creek Bland County Rt 615 and App Trail Jan2 2016 USED Grouper 5-4-18

Laure Creek, Bland County, Va., Jan. 2, 2016.

Virginia Water Status Report as of the End of April 2018, Plus a Look at Drought Nationally

Here is the Virginia Water Central News Grouper’s monthly water-status report on precipitation, stream flow, and drought, as of the end of April 2018.  The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing the data and maps used in this post.  Icons for precipitation, stream flow, and drought are by George Wills of Blacksburg, Va. (https://www.etsy.com/people/BlacksburgArt).  For previous monthly water status reports, please see this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Water+Status.

01 Icon Precip

Here are National Weather Service (NWS) preliminary (still needing verification) precipitation totals for April 2018 at 11 Virginia or near-Virginia locations, along with the “normal” (three-decade average) for this month of the year at each location.  Also shown are the precipitation totals at each location for the previous 12 months and the annual precipitation normals for each location.  The values are in inches.

Location April 2018 Observed Monthly Normal May 2017-

April 2018 Observed

Annual Normal
Blacksburg 4.41 3.48 41.39 40.89
Bluefield1 3.39 3.34 41.03 39.63
Bristol2 2.97 3.33 44.81 41.01
Charlottesville3 3.79 3.36 37.17 42.71
Danville* 4.58 3.46 40.82 44.41
Lynchburg 4.80 3.31 38.23 41.57
Norfolk 3.41 3.41 48.43 46.53
Richmond 3.58 3.27 38.36 43.60
Roanoke 4.03 3.37 38.17 41.25
Wallops Island4 2.03 3.07 47.74 40.84
Washington-Dulles Airport5 3.55 3.47 41.79 41.54

*NWS reported nine days of data missing at Danville in January 2018.

Location notes
1 – The Bluefield location is the Mercer County, W. Va., airport, near the Va.-W.Va. state line.
2- The Bristol location Tri-Cities Airport in Tenn., about 20 miles from Bristol, Va./Tenn.
3 – The Charlottesville location is the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.
4 – Wallops Island is in Accomack County.
5 – Washington-Dulles Airport is in Loudoun County.

Precipitation sources:  Climate pages of the following National Weather Service Forecast Offices:
Blacksburg, Va. (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=rnk);
Morristown, Tenn. (http://www.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=mrx;
Baltimore-Washington (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=lwx); and
Wakefield, Va. (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=akq).

The normal values used by the National Weather Service (NWS) in these provisional reports are based on the period from 1981 to 2010.  The National Climatic Data Center released these normal values in July 2011.  For information on the normal values, see the National Climatic Data Center Web page at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/land-based-station-data/land-based-datasets/climate-normals.

For graphs of precipitation, visit the High Plains Regional Climate Center at https://hprcc.unl.edu/maps.php?map=ACISClimateMaps), where you can find maps of total precipitation and percent of normal precipitation for the past 7, 30, 60, or 90 days for all U.S. regions; or the NWS’ Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service at http://water.weather.gov/precip/ for a map of precipitation nationwide or by state, with capability to show county boundaries, and archives available for specific days, months, or years.  Shown below are the preliminary maps of the percent-of-normal precipitation for the southeastern United States for the previous 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days, through April 29, 2018.  Please note that the scale is different for the 60-day map.

Precip 30 days Apr29Precip 60 days Apr29Precip 90 days Apr29 

02 Icon Streamflow
According to the U.S. Geological Survey WaterWatch for Virginia (online at https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?m=mv01d&r=va&w=map), monthly average stream flow values for April 2018 at 159 stream gages in Virginia and just beyond the state border were as follows, compared to the historical range for each given gage:
within the normal historical range – about 59% of gages;
below normal – about 4%;
above normal – about 30%.
much above normal – about 7%.

Shown below is the color-coded, flow-percentile map for this period, accessed at the Web site given in the paragraph above.  The chart below the map shows the color codes/percentile classes used by USGS to compared flows to historical records for the month.

streams Apr 

An overall look at Virginia streamflow conditions is provided in the USGS WaterWatch summary plot of daily average streamflow conditions, compared to historical records for any given date.  Below is the summary plot for 88 Virginia sites during the 45-day period ending April 28, 2018, accessed on May 1, 2018, at https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?id=pa01d&sid=w__plot&r=va.

Streams Plot Apr30

03 Icon Groundwater
Information on current groundwater levels in Virginia monitoring wells is available from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Information System, online at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/current/?type=gw; and from the USGS Climate Response Network, online at http://groundwaterwatch.usgs.gov/net/ogwnetwork.asp?ncd=crn (at that page, you can find a national map showing the status of groundwater monitoring wells compared to historical values).

04 Icon DroughtDROUGHT IN VIRGINIA

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/) for May 1, 2018, categorized about 29% of Virginia as “abnormally dry” or worse (covering most of the Coastal Plain and Eastern Shore) and about 6% in “moderate drought” (covering parts of Southside).

Drought Monitor categories are as follows:
D0 = abnormally dry;
D1 = moderate drought;
D2 = severe drought;
D3 = extreme drought;
D4 = exceptional drought.

The Drought Monitor notes that it “focuses on broad-scale conditions [and] local conditions may vary.”

For comparison, here are Virginia ratings from previous Drought Monitors from about one month, two months, three months, and one year ago:
3/27/18 – 54.6% abnormally dry or worse; 9.0% moderate drought;
2/27/18 – 59.7% abnormally dry or worse; 12.3% moderate drought;
1/30/18 – 97.9% abnormally dry or worse; 48.6% moderate drought or worse; 2.9% severe drought;
5/2/17 – 32.1% abnormally dry or worse; 15.9% moderate drought.

In early April 2018, the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force (DMTF), a collaboration of state and federal agencies, issued its most recent report.  A link to the report, along with other current drought-status information, is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought.aspx.  The DMTF’s reports typically include information from some or all of the following agencies: University of Virginia Climatology Office, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Virginia departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Health, and Environmental Quality.  The Task Force was next scheduled to meet on May 10, 2018.

The DMTF also produces a map rating drought-status indicators, also online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/Drought/DroughtMonitoring.aspx.  Shown below is the map for April 30, 2018, followed by a map identifying the Drought Evaluation Regions used by the DMTF.  The status-indicator abbreviations on that map are as follows: GW = groundwater levels, Prcp = precipitation deficits, Res – reservoir storage, and Flow = stream flow conditions.  For each region of Virginia, the indicators are color coded for “normal,” “watch,” “warning,” or “emergency conditions.”

Drought VA Apr30VA Drought Evaluation Regions map

DROUGHT ELSEWHERE

The May 1, 2018, U.S. Drought Monitor categorized about 37.5% of the United States (including all or parts of 33 states) as being abnormally dry or worse.  The Drought Monitor categorized about 13.6% of the country (including parts of 12 states), as being in severe drought or worse (categories D2, D3, and D4).  (The highest percentage in the severe-or-worse categories reported by the Drought Monitor since it began in 2000 was 38.5% of the country for the week of August 7, 2012.)

The nationwide percentages for abnormally dry or worse (categories D0-D4) and severe or worse (categories D2-D4) in the previous three months and one year ago were as follows:
3/27/18 – 44.5% abnormally dry or worse; 13.7% severe drought or worse;
2/27/18 – 50.0% abnormally dry or worse; 12.0% severe drought or worse;
1/30/18 – 61.9% abnormally dry or worse; 14.4% severe drought or worse;
5/2/17 – 17.4% abnormally dry or worse; 1.1% severe drought or worse.

The following states had 50% or more categorized by the May 1, 2018, Drought Monitor in severe-or-worse drought:
Arizona – 96%;
Kansas – 59%;
New Mexico – 81%;
Utah – 58%.

90-DAY DROUGHT OUTLOOK

For a look ahead, the National Weather Service/Climate Prediction Center’s “U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook” is available at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdo_summary.php.  Shown below is the outlook map available on May 1, 2018.

Drought Outlook US Apr15

 

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for May 3-May 16, 2018

Please note: The Water Central News Grouper will be on vacation in May 2018.  This will be the last government meetings post until the first week of June 2018.

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 events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

5/8/18, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  On 5/8/18 at 11 a.m.: Land Surveyors Exam Workshop, at the same location.

5/8/18, 6 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Fisheries Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

5/10/18, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation.  At Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville (Warren County).

5/11/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee.  At the James Madison Building, 5th Floor Main Conference Room, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.

5/11/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Radiation Advisory Board.  At the Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  This meeting will include discussion of the 2018 Virginia General Assembly’s House Bill 1534, which calls for a radon study by the Health Department.

5/14/18, 7 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Board.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

5/15/18, 2 p.m.: Marine Products Board.  At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Watermen’s Hall , 1375 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester 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?181+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.

5/3/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public input meeting on Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan/Agricultural Sector for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), published in December 2010.  At Powhatan Hall, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, DCR is soliciting input from its partners within the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the development of the agricultural component of the Phase III Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP III).  These meetings are the first round of discussions to determine how best to meet the revised WIP III nutrient reduction goals for agriculture by the year 2025.  Other sectors will hold similar meetings at other dates and/or locations.  Other meetings on the agricultural sector are as follows:
5/9/18, 10 a.m., at the Tidewater AREC, 6321 Holland Road in Suffolk;
5/16/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 75 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/22/18, 10 a.m., at the Culpeper Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Chesapeake Bay
5/3/18, 1 p.m., at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C.; and 5/4/18, 8 a.m., at the Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, in Washington [link to PDF of agenda]: Chesapeake Bay Commission.  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.  The next regular meeting will be September 6-7, 2018, in Woodbridge, Va.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
5/14/18, 6:30 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft amendment to a Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for Virginia Electric and Power Company (a Dominion Virginia Power subsidiary) at the Greensville County Power Station.  At the Greensville County Board Room, 1781 Greensville County Circle in Emporia.  The draft permit amendment considers emissions of  carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulates, and volatile organic compounds.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 4/11/18 to 5/29/18.

5/16/18, 7 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft major source construction permit for Norcraft Companies LLC  in Lynchburg.  At the Forest Public Library, 15583 Forest Road in Forest (Bedford County).  The draft permit amendment considers emissions of particulates and volatile organic compounds.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 4/12/18 to 5/31/18.

Scenic Rivers
5/12/18, 4:30 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
5/9/18, 9 a.m., : Department of Health (VDH) public comment meeting on Regulations for Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems, 12 VAC 5-613 in the Virginia Administrative Code.  At the Fire and Rescue Training Center, 16600 Courage Court in Leesburg (Loudoun County).  VDH is soliciting public comments prior to considering proposed amendments and revisions to the Alternative Onsite Sewage System Regulations.  Other public comment meetings are as follows:
5/10/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/14/18, 1:30 p.m., at the Perimeter Center, Board Room 4, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond;
5/22/18, 1:30 p.m., at Training Room A, 135 Hall Avenue in Suffolk.
Previous meetings were as follows:
5/2/18 in Wytheville (Wythe County).

Chesapeake Bay Commission Meeting on May 3-4, 2018, Washington, D.C.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission will meet May 3-4, 2018, at in Washington, D.C.  The agenda for the meeting is available online (as a PDF) at http://lis.virginia.gov/181/oth/Agenda.CBC.0503-0418.pdf.  The Commission will meet again on September 6-7, 2018, in Woodbridge, Va.; and November 8-9, 2018, at a location in Maryland.  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.

On Virginia Water Radio for 4-30-18: Water Questions on the Minds of Virginia High School and Middle School Students

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of April 30, 2018, is “Virginia Students Call Out Their Concerns about Water.”  The 4 min./04 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/04/episode-418-4-30-18-virginia-students.html, features Virginia high school and middle school students voicing water-related questions and issues of concern to them.  The students were participants at Kids Tech University-Graduate School held on April 21, 2018, by Virginia Tech’s Biocomplexity Institute.

The episode includes music by Virginia musicians Kat Mills of Blacksburg and Chamomile and Whiskey of Nelson County.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Apr. 26-May 9, 2018

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

5/2/18, 12 noon: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road Williamsburg.  On 5/3/18 at 9 a.m., the Board’s Preservation Trust Fund Committee meets at a location to be determined.

5/8/18, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  On 5/8/18 at 11 a.m.: Land Surveyors Exam Workshop, at the same location.

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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?181+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.

5/3/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public input meeting on Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan/Agricultural Sector for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), published in December 2010.  At Powhatan Hall, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, DCR is soliciting input from its partners within the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the development of the agricultural component of the Phase III Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP III).  These meetings are the first round of discussions to determine how best to meet the revised WIP III nutrient reduction goals for agriculture by the year 2025.  Other sectors will hold similar meetings at other dates and/or locations.  Other meetings on the agricultural sector are as follows:
5/9/18, 10 a.m., at the Tidewater AREC, 6321 Holland Road in Suffolk;
5/16/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 75 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/22/18, 10 a.m., at the Culpeper Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Ports
4/30/18, 2 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Finance and Audit Committee.  At 101 West Main Street, 600 World Trade Center in Norfolk.

Stormwater
5/2/18, 10 a.m.: Stormwater Best Management Practices Clearinghouse Stakeholders Group.  At the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, 1005 Technology Park Drive in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Clearinghouse is a Web site on design standards and specifications of stormwater BMPs in Virginia.  More information about the Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse is available at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/swc/.  The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
4/26/18, 10 a.m.:  Technical Advisory Committee meeting on amendment and reissuance of the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit Regulation for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity.  At the Bank of America Building, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-151.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action on this rulemaking was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on February 19, 2018.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1809.

5/2/18, 1:30 p.m.: Department of Health (VDH) public comment meeting on Regulations for Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems, 12 VAC 5-613 in the Virginia Administrative Code.  At Room 122, Smyth Hall, Wytheville Community College, 1000 East Main Street in Wytheville (Wythe County).  VDH is soliciting public comments prior to considering proposed amendments and revisions to the Alternative Onsite Sewage System Regulations.  Other public comment meetings are as follows:
5/9/18, 9 a.m., at the Fire and Rescue Training Center, 16600 Courage Court in Leesburg (Loudoun County);
5/10/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/14/18, 1:30 p.m., at the Perimeter Center, Board Room 4, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond;
5/22/18, 1:30 p.m., at Training Room A, 135 Hall Avenue in Suffolk.

Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operator Regulations
4/26/18, 9 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee/subgroup on cross-connection and backflow preventionAt Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.  The Advisory Committee is considering possible amendments to the Waterworks Regulations (12 VAC 5-590 in the Virginia Administrative Code).  This subgroup is considering Sections 55 and 585 through 610.  A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 10/30/17.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=7976.

4/26/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee/subgroup on safe yieldAt 109 Governor Street in RichmondThe Advisory Committee is considering possible amendments to the Waterworks Regulations (12 VAC 5-590 in the Virginia Administrative Code).  This subgroup is considering Section 830.  A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 10/30/17.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=7976.