Virginia’s and the Nation’s Infrastructure Gets Graded by the American Society of Civil Engineers – 2017 Edition

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a “report card” on the state of engineered infrastructure in the United States.  The report covers infrastructure in aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, ports, public parks and recreation, rail, roads, school facilities, solid waste, transit, and wastewater.  The latest national report (as of March 13, 2017) gave a grade of D+, the same as the grade in 2013.  The report estimated the cost of making necessary infrastructure improvements at $4.59 trillion, compared to the 2013 estimate of $3.6 trillion.  The full national report for 2017 is available online at http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.  A chart of results from previous reports–back to 1998–is available online at http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/making-the-grade/report-card-history/.

According to the “What Makes a Grade” section  of the Report Card Web site, grades were assigned based on capacity to meet current and future demand, condition, funding, future needs, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation.  The grades are described as follows: A = exceptional; B = good; C = mediocre; D = poor; F = failing.

The 2017 national report also includes reports for each state.  As of 3/13/17, the Virginia assessment was a 2015 report compiled by the Virginia Section of the ASCE (ASCE-Va.).  The Virginia report is available at http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/virginia/.  The Virginia report give the Commonwealth an overall grade of C- (compared to a D+ in 2009), and the following grades in each category: aviation = no grade; bridges = C; dams = C; drinking water = C; energy = no grade; parks = C+; rail and transit = C-; roads = D; school facilities = C-; solid waste = B-; stormwater = C-; and wastewater = D+.

Infrastructure cartoon

Cartoon that accompanied a February 2010 Virginia Water Central newsletter article on the 2009 infrastructure report by the American Society of Civil Engineers-Virginia Section.  Illustration by George Wills, Blacksburg, Va. (http://www.etsy.com/people/BlacksburgArt).

On Virginia Water Radio for 3-13-17: Scenes from a Virginia General Assembly Subcommittee

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of March 13, 2017, is “Subcommittees Are Where Many Proposed Virginia Laws Start to Float or Sink.”   The 4 min./18 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2017/03/episode-359-3-13-17-subcommittees-are.html, examines the role of subcommittees in the Virginia General Assembly, with an sample discussion of a 2017 bill on disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

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!

Ground Water Rule, Published by EPA in 2006, is Focus of Webinar on 3/28/17 by the National Rural Water Association

On March 28, 2017, 3 p.m-4 p.m. EDT, the National Rural Water Association will hold a Webinar on the Ground Water Rule.  For more information on the Webinar or to register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1350996706353374977.

The Ground Water Rule was published by the U.S. EPA in November 2006 and took effect in December 2009.  The EPA’s Web site on the rule is https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/ground-water-rule.  According to that site (at “Compliance”), the rule “establishes a risk-based approach to target ground water systems vulnerable to fecal contamination.  Ground water systems that are at risk of fecal contamination must take corrective action.  Corrective action reduces potential illness from exposure to microbial pathogens.  The rule applies to public water systems that use ground water as a source of drinking water.”  The EPA’s “Quick Reference Guide” to the rule is available online at https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=P100156H.txt.

An Examination of Antarctic’s Larsen Ice Shelf Changes, in 3/8/17 PBS NewsHour Video

The section-by-section disappearance of Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf is the focus of “How scientists are tracking a massive iceberg in the making,” broadcast on March 8, 2017, on the PBS NewsHour.  The 5 min./55 second video, available online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/scientists-tracking-massive-iceberg-making/, discusses how an early 2017 rift in the ice shelf is one of the largest ever seen, separating a section approximately the size of the state of Delaware.  This follows the loss in 2002 of a section in that was approximately the size of Rhode Island.  The report describes some of the satellite technology and imagery used to track such large-scale changes.  More information on changes to the Larsen Ice Shelf is available from the National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA), “Antarctica’s Changing Larsen Ice Shelf,” online at https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/antarctica-s-changing-larsen-ice-shelf.

Trout Fishing in Virginia: Links to VDGIF Stocked Trout Management Plan for 2016-2025 and Annual Stocking Plan

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) “Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan (2016-2025)” is available online (as a PDF) at https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/stocked-trout-management-plan-final.pdf.  A draft of the plan was released in July 2015, and public comments were accepted by VDGIF until September 2015.  The plan was produced by VDGIF, the Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and citizens on a stakeholder advisory committee.

According to the Executive Summary of the plan, the “plan contains two major sections: the technical section and the goals, objectives and strategies for management of stocked trout.  The technical section describes the history of trout management in Virginia, how VDGIF approaches management of stocked trout, including production, facilities, species produced, and challenges faced in raising trout. The second section of the Plan lists the values and goals for management of stocked trout within five major issue areas (what stakeholders want to achieve and why) and the objectives and strategies for management of stocked trout (specific accomplishments that will allow VDGIF to measure success in achieving goals and how to approach achieving goals and objectives). The Plan is designed to provide a blueprint for future direction of stocked trout management rather than specific details of day-to-day operations.”

VDGIF also annually publishes a “Catchable Trout Stocking Plan,” designating the stocking frequency and other details for the Commonwealth’s Designated Trout Waters, listed by locality.  A given year’s stocking plan is available online at https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/trout/catchable-trout-stocking-program/.

More information about VDGIF’s trout-fishing programs and activities is available online at https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/trout/.

A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States, Canada, and Elsewhere – March 8, 2017 Edition

Here are some water-related meetings in the United States, Canada, and other countries in coming months, followed by notes for events that recur annually, listed by the month the event typically occurs.

This post is updated as the Virginia Water Resources Research Center learns of new events and a new version is re-posted at least quarterly.  If you would like an event added, please send basic information (date, location, event title, event organizer, Web site, and contact information) to water@vt.edu with subject line: For Water Central Editor.

Some of the information for this edition was provided by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC), supported in part by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizen Monitoring Grant Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Virginia Department of Health.  More information about the VWMC is available online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

This post is for non-Virginia events; for water meetings and other events in the Old Dominion, please see the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s online Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va. (shown here in Sep. 2014) annually hosts many water-related meetings, including the Chesapeake Watershed Forum each September.

2017 Events

Apr. 4, 2017, online and at remote hub locations: National Watershed and Stormwater Conference.  Organized by the Center for Watershed Protection.  More information: http://www.cwp.org/; or contact the Center at 3290 North Ridge Road, Suite 290, Ellicott City, MD 21043; phone (410) 461-8323.

Apr. 10-12, 2017: Lincoln, Neb.: Annual Water for Food Global Conference.  More information: http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/conference-and-events/; phone (402) 472-5145; e-mail: waterforfood@nebraska.edu.

Apr. 17-20, 2017:  National Hurricane Conference.  More information: http://hurricanemeeting.com/.

Apr. 30-May 3, 2017, Snowbird, Utah: Spring American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Conference.  This spring’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity.”  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Snowbird2017/; or contact the AWRA (headquartered in Middleburg, Va.) at (540) 687-8390 or info@awra.org.

May 1-3, 2017, Washington, D.C.: National Hydropower Association Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.nationalhydroconference.com/index.html; phone (202) 682-1700.

May 1-4, 2017, Houston, Tex.: Offshore Technology Conference.  More information: http://2017.otcnet.org/; phone (972) 952-9494; e-mail: meetings@otcnet.org.

May 2-4, 2017, Washington, DC.  American Meteorological Society Washington Forum.   More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/2017-ams-washington-forum/.

May 21-25, 2017, Sacramento, Calif.:  World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  Organized by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  This year’s theme is “Creative Solutions for a Changing Environment.”  More information: http://www.ewricongress.org/; phone: (703) 295-6300; e-mail: registrations@asce.org.

Jun. 4-8, 2017, Toronto, Canada: 51st Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Congress.  This year’s theme is “Future Earth: Weather, Oceans, Climate.”  More information: http://congress.cmos.ca/.

Jun. 11-14, 2017, Philadelphia, Penn: American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exhibition.  More information: https://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/annual-conference.aspx.

Jun. 13-15, 2017, Fort Collins, Colo.: Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)/ National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) Conference.  More information: http://ucowr.org/conferences.

Jun. 21-23, 2017, Kansas City, Mo.: 45th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology and Fourth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/45th-conference-on-broadcast-meteorology-fourth-conference-on-weather-warnings-and-communication/; (617) 227-2425; amsinfo@ametsoc.org.

Jun. 21-24, 2017, Tucson, Ariz.: Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Meeting on Environment, Wellness, and Community.  More information: https://aessonline.org/2017-conference/.

Jun. 26-28, 2017, Asheville, N.C.: 23rd Conference on Applied Climatology.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/; (617) 227-2425; amsinfo@ametsoc.org.

Jun. 26-29, 2017, Charleston, S.C.: National Marine Educators Association Conference.  More information: http://www.marine-ed.org/?conferences; phone: (844) 687-6632.

Jun. 26-30, Portland, Ore.: 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics and 19th Conference on Middle Atmosphere.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/; (617) 227-2425; amsinfo@ametsoc.org.

Jun. 27-29, 2017, Platte River basin of Nebraska: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center’s annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information: http://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/water-for-food/nebraska-water-center/conferences-and-events.

Jul. 19-20, 2017, Charleston, S.C.: Rising Tides and Changing Times–A Climate Change Workshop for Educators.  Organized by South Carolina Sea Grant.  More information: http://www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=495; phone (843) 953-2078; e-mail: ev.bell@scseagrant.org.

Jul. 23-26, 2017, St. Louis, Mo.: Utility Leadership Conference & National Association of Clean Water Agencies Annual Meeting.  More information: http://www.nacwa.org/conferences-events/events-at-a-glance/2017/07/23/nacwa-events/utility-leadership-conference-47th-annual-meeting; (202) 833-2672; e-mail: info@nacwa.org.

Jul. 30-Aug. 2, 2017, Madison, Wisc.: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 72nd Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Conservation Connections: Creating Pathways to Sustainability.”  More information: http://www.swcs.org/en/conferences/2017_annual_conference/; (515) 289-2331.

Aug. 6-11, 2017, Portland, Ore.: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.  This year’s theme is “Linking Biodiversity, Material Cycling and Ecosystem Services in a Changing World.”  More information: http://www.esa.org/portland/#.WJjd5FMrKUk; (202) 833-8773; e-mail: esahq@esa.org.

Aug. 20-24, 2017, Tampa, Fla.: 147th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society.  This year’s theme is “Fisheries Ecosystems: Uplands to Oceans.”  More information: http://fisheries.org/events/147th-annual-meeting-of-the-american-fisheries-society-tampa-florida/; (301) 897-8616.

Sep. 10-13, 2017, Snowbird, Utah: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting.  More information: http://fishwildlife.org/?section=upcoming-meeting-sites; (202) 838-3474 (Washington, D.C.); e-mail: info@fishwildlife.org.

Sep. 16-21, 2017, Garden Grove, Calif.: Annual meeting of the National Weather Association.  More information: http://nwas.org/annual-meeting-events/annual-meeting/.

Sep. 18-20, 2017, Reno, Nev.: National Rural Water Association’s WaterPro Conference.  More information: http://waterproconference.org/; (580) 252-0629 (Duncan, Oklahoma).

Sep. 20-22, 2017, Baltimore, Md.: Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference.  Organized by the Resource Institute (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  More information: http://midatlanticstream.org/http://midatlanticstream.org/; Paula Worden, (304) 703-4879,  e-mail: masrc11@gmail.com.

Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 2017, Shepherdstown, West. Va.: Tri-State Native Plant Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Maryland Native Plant Society, and the West Virginia Native Plant Society.  More information: http://vnps.org/tri-state-native-plant-conference-2017/; phone (540) 837-1600; e-mail: vnps.org@gmail.com.

Sep. 30-Oct. 4, 2017, Chicago, Ill.: Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) 2017.  More information: http://www.weftec.org/abstracts.

Oct. 11-13, 2017, Louisville, Ky.: 12th Annual Southeast Regional Stormwater Conference.  Organized by the Southeast Stormwater Association.  More information: https://seswa.memberclicks.net/future-and-past-conferences; (866) 367-7379 (Tallahassee, Fla.); e-mail: seswa@ksanet.net.

Oct. 12-13, 2017, National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Va.: 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference.  Hosted by the West Virginia Water Research Institute (at West Virginia University), in collaboration with the Delaware Water Resources Center (at the University of Delaware), the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center (at Penn State), and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (at Virginia Tech). Abstracts for presentation proposals due March 27, 2017.  More information: visit http://midatlanticwrc.org/, or email: wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu.

Nov. 5-9, 2017, Portland, Ore: American Water Resources Association Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Portland2017/; (540) 687-8390 (Middleburg, Va.); e-mail: info@awra.org.

Nov. 15-19, 2017, Albuquerque, N.M.: Society of American Foresters National Convention.  More information http://www.eforester.org/safconvention; (301) 897-8720 (Bethesda, Md.); e-mail: membership@safnet.org.

Dec. 2017, New Orleans, La.: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. More information: http://meetings.agu.org/upcoming-meetings/.

2018 Events

March 2018, Raleigh, N.C.: Annual Conference of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina.  More information: https://wrri.ncsu.edu/wrri-events/annual-conference/.

Annually Recurring Events

(Shown is the month(s) each year when the event is normally held; specific dates change each year, and locations may change.)

January: annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. More information: https://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/.

February, Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.  More information: http://meetings.aaas.org/.

February, even years (next 2018): Ocean Sciences Meeting. Organized by the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Oceanography Society. More information: http://osm.agu.org/2016/.

February, Amarillo, Tex.: Annual High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show.  Organized by the Texas A&M University Agrilife Research and Extension Center.  More information: http://amarillo.tamu.edu/high-plains-irrigation-conference/; phone (806) 677-5644.

Late February or early March, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Annual International Conference on Water Management Modeling.  Organized by Computational Hydraulics International (CHI) of Guelph, Ontario.  More information: http://www.chiwater.com/Training/Conferences/conferencetoronto.asp.

March: Multi-State Salinity Coalition Annual Salinity Summit.  More information: http://multi-statesalinitycoalition.com/events/.

March: North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Organized by the Wildlife Management Institute.  More information: http://www.wildlifemanagementinstitute.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=348&Itemid=61.

March, Lincoln, Neb.:  Annual symposium of the Nebraska Water Center, and  annual Nebraska Water Law Conference.  More information: http://watercenter.unl.edu/ConferencesEvents.asp; (402) 472-3305; waterinfo@unl.edu.

April: Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference. More information: http://www.neafwa.org/.

March or April, Washington, D.C.: National Environmental Policy Forum.  Organized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, and Water Environment Research Foundation.  More information: http://www.nacwa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=4.

April, Rapid City, S.D.: Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting. Organized by the U.S. Geological Survey’s South Dakota Water Science Center and several partners.  More information: http://sd.water.usgs.gov/WSDconf/; Janet Carter, (605) 394-3215 or jmcarter@usgs.gov.

April through September: Workshops by North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program.  For more information click on the individual links below or go to http://www.ncsu.edu/srp/rivercourse.html; or contact Cathy Smith at (919) 515-6780 or cathy_smith@ncsu.edu.

May: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  More information: http://www.ewricongress.org; (800) 548-2723.

May:  National Monitoring Conference. Organized by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council.  More information: http://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2016/.

May: Annual conference of the Choose Clean Water Coalition (a group of some 200 organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; based in Annapolis, Md.).  More information http://choosecleanwater.org/; (443) 759-3407; info@choosecleanwater.org.

May or Jun.: annual Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.  More information: http://congress.cmos.ca/.

June: Annual conference of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR), the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI).  More information: http://ucowr.org/conferences; or contact UCOWR at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, (618) 536-7571 or ucowr@siu.edu.

June: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center’s annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information: http://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/water-for-food/nebraska-water-center/conferences-and-events.

June: American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition.  More information: http://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/annual-conference.aspx.

June or July: National Marine Educators Association annual conference.  More information: http://www.marine-ed.org/?page=events; phone (844) 687-6632; e-mail: nmea@marine-ed.org.

June or July: Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information: http://www.gcande.org/.

July or August: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.swcs.org/en/conferences/.

August: American Fisheries Society Annual Conference.  More information: http://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/.

August: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. More information: http://esa.org.

August: Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership Meeting.  More information: http://www.cowatercongress.org/summer-conference.html; phone (303) 837-0812.

September, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: https://allianceforthebay.org/our-work/engaging-local-communities/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or contact@allianceforthebay.org.

September: Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).  More information: http://www.weftec.org/meetings_events/default.aspx.

September: Groundwater Protection Council Annual Forum and National Rural Water Association’s (NWRA) WaterPro Conference.  More information: http://waterproconference.org/.

September or October: National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. More information: https://www.nsgic.org/upcoming-

October: Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  More information: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/streams/Pages/MWMC/conference.aspx.

October, St. Paul, Minn.  Annual conference of the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.  More information: http://www.wrc.umn.edu/.

October: South Carolina Water Resources Conference.  Organized by Clemson University Public Service Activities.  More information: http://www.clemson.edu/public/sc_water_resources/index.html.

October: Annual Southeast Stormwater Association Regional Stormwater Conference.  More information: https://seswa.memberclicks.net/annual-conference.

October or November: GIS-Pro – Annual conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. More information: http://www.urisa.org/.

November: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.awra.org/index.html.

November: Society of American Foresters National Convention. More information: http://www.xcdsystem.com/safconference/website/.

November: Joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.  More information: https://www.acsmeetings.org/.

November, South Carolina: International Conference on Shellfish Restoration.  Organized by South Carolina Sea Grant.  More information: http://www.scseagrant.org/content/?cid=297; phone (843) 953-2078.

Late November/early December, North Linthicum, Md.: Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  More information: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/streams/Pages/MWMC/conference.aspx; or contact Dan Boward at dan.boward@maryland.gov.

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – March 8, 2017, Edition; Updated March 22

Boats and crews 2 Batteau Fest Jun15 2013One of Virginia’s most distinctive water-related events: the annual James River Batteau Festival, launched every June in Lynchburg, Va.  Shown above is the launch on June 15, 2013.  The 32nd annual festival is June 17-24, 2017.

This post lists conferences, meetings, and other events related to Virginia’s water resources and held in Virginia (in  most cases; nearby out-of-state events are occasionally included).  Except for online meetings or seminars, the events here typically are at least several hours long (for example, this site does not list the frequent one-hour water-related seminars held at Virginia colleges or universities).  This post is updated as information becomes available and is re-posted monthly.

This list does not include Virginia government meetings related to water (except for a listing of the dates of the Virginia General Assembly, which starts each January).  The News Grouper blog has a post on those meetings each week, at  https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Water-related+Government.

For water-related meetings outside of Virginia, please see the Grouper post, “A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States and Elsewhere,” re-posted quarterly.

Thanks to the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) for providing some of the information in this post.  More information about the VWMC is available online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/

For links to events lists from several other organizations, please see the bottom of this post.

March – September 2017: Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  More information: http://www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/retreats/index.html; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

March 15-November 1, 2017, statewide: Virginia Household Water Quality Program drinking-water clinics.  People who rely on private wells, springs, or cisterns can get their water tested inexpensively for key constituents and receive a report interpreting the results.  The cost to participate in 2016 was $52.  A list of upcoming clinics in 2017 had not been announced as of 1/5/17; keep an eye on this Web site: http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php.  For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or wellwater@vt.edu.

Mar. 22, 2017, Henrico: Virginia Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Exploring Emerging Water Issues.”  More information: http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/conference/.

Mar. 22, 2017 (recurs every year), everywhere: World Water Day. The annual worldwide event designated by the United Nations since 1993.  More information on the history of the event and the observances and activities for this year is available at the World Water Day Web site: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/. March 22 also starts the annual World Water Monitoring Challenge period, running through the officially observed day of September 18 and ending December 31.  More information on the World Water Monitoring Challenge is available at http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/.

Mar.30-31, 2017, Richmond: Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America’s Southeastern Section.  More information: http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Section_Meetings/GSA/Sections/se/2017mtg/techprog.aspx.

April 4-6, 2017, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington: 28th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium.  Organized by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics.  More information: http://www.vmi.edu/about/center-for-leadership-and-ethics/conferences/environment-va-symposium/.

Apr. 9-11, 2017, Norfolk:  Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 73rd Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Relevancy and Agility: The Rising Tide of Conservation.”  More information: http://www.neafwa.org/conference.html; phone (802) 865-5202; e-mail: info@delaneymeetingevent.com.

Apr. 19, 2017, Roanoke: Annual “Water is Life” Conference.  Organized by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP).  More information: http://www.sercap.org; or e-mail swatts@sercap.org.

Apr. 20-22, 2017, Chesapeake and Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival.  More information: www.visitchesapeake.com/gds-birding-festival; phone (757) 986-3705.

April 21, 2016, Wakefield (Sussex County): 69th Annual Shad Planking as part of the Shad, Grapes, and Grains Festival.  Organized by the Wakefield Ruritan Club.  More information: http://www.shadplanking.com/; info@shadplanking.com.

Apr. 27, 2017, Richmond: Virginia Water Environment Association’s 2017 Spring Stormwater Seminar.  More information: http://www.vwea.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=879639&group, or contact Amelia Wehunt, e-mail: amelia.wehunt@timmons.com.

Apr. 29, 2017: National Prescription Drug Take-back Day.  Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and conducted by law-enforcement agencies nationwide.  The event is designed to help people properly dispose of unused drugs in order to help prevent improper drug use and to keep chemicals out of waterways.  To see if a take-back day is happening near you, call your local police or sheriff’s department, or visit the U.S. Department of Justice “National Take Back Initiative” Web site (after April 1,2017) at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you.

May 3-5, 2017, Roanoke: Virginia Forestry Summit.  Organized by the Virginia Forestry Association.  More information: http://www.vaforestry.org/; (804) 278-8733; vfa@vaforestry.org.

May 13, 2017, Leesburg: Walking for Water.  An annual walk in to raise funds for water wells, medicine, and education in the African country of Burkina Faso.  More information: http://www.wisdomspring.org/events/5/walking-for-water-fundraiser-we-are-walking/; phone Cheri Faley at (703) 201-9709, or Susan Hough at (703) 505-5152; or e-mail: Walking4h2o@gmail.com.

May 12-14, 2017, Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox: Women’s Outdoor Weekend (for ages 10 and up).  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information: http://holidaylake4h.com/wow.php; phone (434) 248-5444; e-mail: bgoin@vt.edu.

May 16-18, 2017, Richmond: 2017 Virginia Junior Academy of Science Research Symposium.  More information: http://www.vjas.org/.

May 17-19, 2017, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond: Spring Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science.  More information: http://vacadsci.org/2017-vas-spring-meeting/; (804) 864-1450; e-mail: vasoffice@vacadsci.org.

May 23-24, 2017, Charlottesville: 8th Annual Conference of the Choose Clean Water Coalition.  More information: http://choosecleanwater.org/our-conference/2017/.

May 23-24, 2017, Harrisonburg:  Virginia Turfgrass Council’s Come to the Valley Conference.  More information: http://www.cometothevalley.org/; (757) 464-1004  (Virginia Beach); e-mail: vaturf@verizon.net.

Jun. 2-4, 2017, statewide: Free Fishing Days.  Organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  No state fishing license needed during this period, except when fishing on stocked trout waters.  More information: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/free-fishing-days/.

Jun. 13-15, 2017, Reston: 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information: http://www.gcande.org/; (202) 872-6102.

Jun. 17-24, 2017, on the James River, starting at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg: 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival.  Organized by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society.  More information: http://www.vacanals.org/batteau/.

Jun. 25-28, 2017, Tysons Corner: 2017 Summer American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Conference.  This year’s theme is “Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.”  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Tysons2017/ ; or contact the AWRA (headquartered in Middleburg, Va.) at (540) 687-8390 or info@awra.org.

Jun. 27-29, 2017, Blacksburg: 15th North American Agroforestry Conference.  Organized by Virginia Tech.  More information: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1865066; (540) 231-0790.

Jul. 15, 2017, Richmond: James River Splash & Dash.  Organized by the James River Association.  More information: http://www.jrsplashanddash.org/; phone (804) 788-8811.

Aug. 17-18, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg: Virginia Loggers Association annual meeting.  More information: http://www.valoggers.org/2017-vla-annual-meeting-at-virginia-tech-august-17-20/; (804) 677-4290.

Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2016, statewide: Virginia Waterways Cleanup.  Organized by Clean Virginia Waterways at Longwood University.  This is a series of local beach, bay, river, stream, lake, and pond cleanups across the state.  2016 is the 22nd year that the organization has coordinated the Virginia cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy.  More information: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/; (434) 395-2602 or cleanva@longwood.edu.

Sep. 15-16, Blacksburg: Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment’s 25th anniversary celebration.  More information: https://cnre.vt.edu/events/25years/index.html; phone (540) 231-5482; e-mail: cnre@vt.edu.

FALL DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED, Norfolk: Elizabeth River RIVERFest. Organized by the Elizabeth River Project. More information: www.elizabethriverfest.org; or contact Susan Smith at (757) 399-7487 or ssmith@elizabethriver.org.

Oct. 10-15, 2017, on the Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore, Md., and Portsmouth Virginia: Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.  More information: http://www.gcbsr.org/; phone (757) 393-2220; e-mail: mailto:mrace@gcbsr.org.

Oct. 19, 2017, 10:19 a.m., across the southeastern United States: Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill.  Organized by several partners, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  More information: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/; or e-mail: shakeout@cusec.org.

Nov. 3-5, 2017, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum[Not in Virginia, but close and relevant.]  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/networking-education/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or contact@allianceforthebay.org.

Nov. 17-19, 2017, Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynesboro: 21st Annual Call of the Wild Conference on wildlife rehabilitation.  Organized by the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information: http://wildlifecenter.org/call-wild-conference; phone: (540) 942-9453; e-mail: outreach@wildlifecenter.org.

Nov. 16-19, 2017, Wallops Island (Accomack County): 4th Annual Delmarva Nature and Wildlife Photography Summit.  Organized by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (http://www.cbfieldstation.org/).  More information: http://www.cbfieldstation.org/photography-summit.html; or contact Mike Hillman, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337; (757) 824-5636; e-mail: mike@cbfieldstation.org.

Dec. 3-5, 2017, Portsmouth: Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting.   More information: http://vaswcd.org/annual-meeting; phone (804) 559-0324.

LINKS TO EVENTS LISTS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Boating Safety Classes by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation/Nutrient Management Training

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation/State Parks Events

Virginia Department of Emergency Management Training Events (including for floods, hazardous materials, and other events involving water)

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Training for Stormwater Management and Erosion/Sediment Control

Virginia Department of Health Listing of Training Resources for Onsite Sewage Professionals

Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program Events

Virginia Green (Virginia Tourism Corporation site for “green” vacations and activities)

Virginia Household Water Quality Program List of Drinking Water Clinics and Master Well Owner Network Training

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Virginia Master Naturalists

Virginia Native Plant Society

Virginia Sea Grant’s Links to Marine-education Opportunities for K-12 Teachers (click on “Professional Development”)

Virginia Water Environment Association

American Water Resources Association-National Capital Region Section

U.S. EPA Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars

Wetlands Education and Training Opportunities from Environmental Concern (non-profit in St. Michaels, Md.; opportunities for professionals and educators).