TMDL Public Meeting: Water Quality Study for Lynch and Reed Creeks (Pittsylvania and Campbell Counties) (Virtual)
– June 29, 2021
2.) Request for Applications (RFA): Provide “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences” (MWEEs) within Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed – Closes: June 30, 2021
3.) Watershed and Stormwater Webcast Series – Various Dates: July 14, 2021-December 8, 2021
4.) Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit (Virtual) -- July 20-22, 2021
5.) Save the Date: Virginia Tech Land Development Design Initiative (LDDI) Summer Meeting – July 23, 2021
6.) Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Photo Contest – Submissions Due: July 30, 2021
7.) Input Sought: EPA Proposed Oil and Natural Gas Methane Rule -- Comments Due: July 30, 2021
8.) Request for Proposals: Future Harvest Annual Winter Conference – Submission Deadline: August 30, 2021; Conference: January 13-15, 2022
9.) Save the Date: 2021 Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) Annual Benefit Gala – September 25, 2021
10.) World Water-Tech North America (Virtual) -- October 5-6, 2021
11.) James River Riparian Buffer Program – www.jamesriverbuffers.org
12.) James River Streamside Program Report Tool –https://jamesriverconsortium.org/programs/
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1.) TMDL Public Meeting: Water Quality Study for Lynch and Reed Creeks (Pittsylvania and Campbell Counties) (Virtual) – June 29, 2021 (6pm) -- DEQ and its contractors will discuss the draft TMDL report and the next steps in the water quality improvement process. A 30-day public comment period will follow the public meeting. For more information and to register, see https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=32596. Participants are encouraged to access the meeting using a computer to view presentations or visual displays, although audio only participation using a phone is also an option. If you have technical issues registering for either meeting or difficultly during the meeting, contact Rob Breeding at 804-698-4013 or Robert....@deq.virginia.gov. To see the draft report and to learn about other TMDLs under development, see https://www.deq.virginia.gov/water/water-quality/tmdl-development/tmdls-under-development.
2.) Request for Applications (RFA): Provide “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences” (MWEEs) within Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed – Closes: June 30, 2021 (4pm) -- Seeking programs that emphasize the use of field experiences, action projects, and other watershed educational services. Particularly encouraging applications that support school divisions designated as a “priority” (underserved and targeted as needing teacher professional development) by the Virginia Department of Education (DOE). The link for the RFA is here or can be found on the Virginia Business Opportunities website at: https://mvendor.cgieva.com/Vendor/public/AllOpportunities (search “MWEE”; RFA number VA_WTR_EDUC_001_FY22-1). Offered through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
3.) Watershed and Stormwater Webcast Series – Each webcast begins at 1pm. To register or to learn more about these events and others, see https://www.cwp.org/webcasts-2021/. Offered by the Center for Watershed Protection.
++ Webcast 6. Stormwater Retrofitting – July 14, 2021
++ Webcast 7. Public Involvement and Education Programs – September 15, 2021
++ Webcast 8. Post-Construction Stormwater Management – October 20, 2021
++ Webcast 9. Climate Resilience Strategies – November 17, 2021
++ Webcast 10. Watershed Based Planning Tools & Techniques – December 8, 2021
4.) Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit (Virtual) -- July 20-22, 2021 – Learn about new state-level policies/initiatives, new federal and regional initiatives, microplastics & microfibers, derelict fishing gear, single-use plastics, and success stories. Learn more and register at www.midatlanticocean.org or https://www.midatlanticocean.org/home/2021-marine-debris-summit/. Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Work Group, through a NOAA grant from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program.
5.) Save the Date: Virginia Tech Land Development Design Initiative (LDDI) Summer Meeting – July 23, 2021 (9am-12:30pm) – Location: 2818 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA (Will also be broadcast on Zoom) – Speakers TBA. More information will be posted at https://www.lddi.cee.vt.edu/news-and-highlights/.
6.) Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Photo Contest – Submissions Due: July 30, 2021 – Theme: Conservation through the local lens -- Submit up to 10 photos. All photographs must be taken within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Awards given to: Overall Winner; People’s Choice; and Young Photographer. To learn more about the contest, visit: https://vaswcd.org/photocontest.
7.) Input Sought: EPA Proposed Oil and Natural Gas Methane Rule -- Comments Due: July 30, 2021 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the first step to develop a proposed rule to reduce methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry. EPA is seeking community and stakeholder input through a public docket for pre-proposal comments, holding training sessions on the rulemaking process and how to participate in it, and convening listening sessions. These actions are a part of the response to a directive in Executive Order 13990, Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis. To learn more, including how to provide comments, visit https://www.epa.gov/controlling-air-pollution-oil-and-natural-gas-industry/providing-information-epa-upcoming-oil-and.
8.) Request for Proposals: Future Harvest Annual Winter Conference – Submission Deadline: August 30, 2021; Conference: January 13-15, 2022 -- College Park, MD – Theme: “Together Again” – Accepting workshop proposals relevant to the following categories: Beginner Farming, Crop Production, Soil Health, Business & Marketing, Value-Added, Environment Community & Policy, Grassfed (Meat & Dairy). For more information on the event and to make a submission, see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiLjZekG8wFMHQiPxLo6JF1RIaLMdkHAmLuY3ccT0oARvZhA/viewform?mc_cid=fa5a1e508c&mc_eid=ccca87679b.
9.) Save the Date: 2021 Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) Annual Benefit Gala – September 25, 2021 – Washington, DC (Dockmaster Building District Pier at The Wharf) – This event will be held outdoors under tents. Tour the PRKN research vessel, MV Sea Dog, and its water quality monitoring lab. There will be music, dancing, and more. Learn about a new freshwater mussel nursery. For more information, see https://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/?event=party-on-the-pier . Proceeds support the work of the PRKN.
10.) World Water-Tech North America (Virtual) -- October 5-6, 2021 – Theme: New Solutions for Water & Wastewater Resiliency – Personnel with U.S. and Canadian utilities will gather to create new business connections, participate in roundtable discussions, gain critical intelligence on the future of water-tech innovation, and more. For more information and to register, see https://download.worldwatertechnorthamerica.com/WWNA21-find-out-more
11.) James River Riparian Buffer Program – For landowners across the middle and upper James watershed to restore or create forest buffers. Learn more at www.jamesriverbuffers.org. Provided by the James River Association, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
12.) James River Streamside Program Report Tool – https://jamesriverconsortium.org/programs/ -- This free tool can help landowners get information about streamside restoration opportunities on their property. Answer questions about your land and objectives to narrow down eligible programs. Click on the links below to learn more about the conservation practices on the Riparian Consortium's website: Riparian Forest Buffers; Agricultural Infrastructure; Streambank Stabilization; Wildlife Habitat; Buffer Protection. Created by the Chesapeake Conservancy, Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium, and partners.
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