Announcements 2024.6.21

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1.) Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) Events
   ++ RiverPalooza Adventures – Next Event: June 22, 2024
   ++ National Harbor River Cleanup – June 29, 2024
   ++ Summer Water Quality Monitoring
2.) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) & Implementation Planning (IP) Meetings / Comment Periods
   ++ IP Community Engagement Meeting: Watershed Cleanup Plan for the Pigg River, Poplar Branch, Fryingpan Creek, Beaverdam Creek (Franklin, Pittsylvania, and Bedford Counties) – June 25, 2024
   ++ IP 2nd Community Engagement Meeting – Watershed Cleanup Plan for Cedar Run, Mine Run, Mountain Run, and the Lower Rapidan River Basin (Orange County, Culpeper County, and Spotsylvania County) – June 27, 2024
3.) 2nd Annual Roanoke/Lynchburg/Bedford Water Tower Showdown – Registration Deadline: June 28, 2024; Event: July 13, 2024
4.) Call for Presentations: Virginia Sea Grant Symposium 2024 – Presentation Deadline: June 28, 2024; Poster Deadline: August 31, 2024; Symposium: October 10-11, 2024
5.) Public Hearing: Proposed Amendments to the Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation and the Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations – Hearing: July 10, 2024; Public Comment Deadline: July 19, 2024
6.) Chesapeake Stormwater Network Webinars -- Various Dates, Starting: July 10, 2024
7.) James River Watch  
8.) Community Assistance for Urban and Community Forestry -
9.) Clean Water Act Training Series
10.) Guide for Using Clean Water Act Discharge Permits to Protect Drinking Water Sources  
11.) Interactive Tool: Explore Your Watershed
12.) EJScreen: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tools
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See recent announcements and learn more about the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) at
www.VirginiaWMC.org. Feel free to forward these announcements. When forwarding, please acknowledge the VWMC. If you have a water-related announcement of regional or statewide interest, send it to vw...@vt.edu and ask that it be distributed to the VWMC membership. If someone forwarded this message to you, you can join the VWMC for free by sending your name, water-monitoring affiliation (if applicable), and contact information (email address, mailing address, and phone number) to vw...@vt.edu. Thank you to the VWMC’s intern, Logan Flanagan, for developing today’s announcements. 
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1.) Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) Events
   ++ RiverPalooza Adventures – Learn more and register at https://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/events/. Hosted by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN).
      == June 22, 2024 – Full Moon Sunset Paddle
      == June 29, 2024 – Shenandoah Birdwatching Walk
      == July 12, 2024 – Shenandoah Snorkeling
      ==  July 21, 2024 – Women for Clean Water Paddle
      == July 27, 2024 – Pedal to Paddle Scenic Adventure
      == August 17, 2024 – Mallows Bay (Ghost Fleet) Paddle
      == August 24-25, 2024 – Harpers Ferry Tubing/Goodbye Summer Blowout
   ++ National Harbor River Cleanup – June 29, 2024 (1-4pm) – Oxon Hill, MD – Seeking volunteers of all ages to help remove single-use plastics and trash that has accumulated along the shoreline. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Bring water and snacks. Learn more and register at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-harbor-river-cleanup-tickets-920958841687.
   ++ Summer Water Quality Monitoring – Volunteers sample, test, and monitor the water quality in the Lower Potomac, Upper Potomac and Shenandoah on Wednesdays from May till October. The results are posted on Fridays on Swim Guide at
https://www.theswimguide.org/. Learn more at https://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/water-quality-monitoring/.
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2.) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) & Implementation Planning Meetings / Comment Periods Learn more about total maximum daily load (TMDL) cleanup studies in Virginia at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/our-programs/water/water-quality/tmdl-development and about implementation planning at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/our-programs/water/water-quality/implementation.
   ++ Implementation Plan (IP) Community Engagement Meeting: Watershed Cleanup Plan for the Pigg River, Poplar Branch, Fryingpan Creek, Beaverdam Creek (Franklin, Pittsylvania, and Bedford Counties) – June 25, 2024
(4:30pm) – Rocky Mount, VA --
https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=39898
   ++ Implementation Plan (IP) 2nd Community Engagement Meeting – Watershed Cleanup Plan for Cedar Run, Mine Run, Mountain Run, and the Lower Rapidan River Basin (Orange County, Culpeper County, and Spotsylvania County) – June 27, 2024
(1pm) – Rapidan, VA -- https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=39839. ++++++++++++++++++++
3.) 2nd Annual Roanoke/Lynchburg/Bedford Water Tower Showdown – Registration Deadline: June 28, 2024; Event: July 13, 2024 (9am-12pm) – Moneta, VA – This competition is open to middle school students (individuals or teams of up to four) in the Lynchburg, Bedford, or Roanoke region. Participants will design and build a model water tower that holds one gallon of water and can be filled and drained quickly while being aesthetically pleasing. Learn more and register at https://vaawwa.org/events/watertowershowdown2024. Organized by the Western Virginia Water Authority.
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4.) Call for Presentations: Virginia Sea Grant Symposium 2024 – Presentation Deadline: June 28, 2024; Poster Deadline: August 31, 2024; Symposium: October 10-11, 2024 – Virginia Beach, VA – Session topics may include but are not limited to science communication, leadership, designing for resilience, research and wellness, and community engagement. This regional event is for undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, and university partners. Learn more and submit a proposal at https://symposium.vaseagrant.org/. Organized by the Virginia Sea Grant.
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5.) Public Hearing: Proposed Amendments to the Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation and the Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations – Hearing: July 10, 2024 (11am, Richmond, VA); Public Comment Deadline: July 19, 2024 – The Virginia DEQ will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed amendments to the Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation (9VAC25-210) and the Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations (9VAC25-610). Learn more at https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=39830.
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6.) Chesapeake Stormwater Network Webinars – Learn more and register at https://chesapeakestormwater.net/events/.
   ++ Advancing Sustainable Stormwater Management in the Chesapeake Bay Region: Use of Innovative Biochar Technology for High Performance, Climate-Friendly Green Infrastructure – July 10, 2024
   ++ The Threat of Climate Change to Urban Stormwater Infrastructure – July 17, 2024
   ++ Thermal Evaluation of Upland Stormwater BMPs: Impact of Design Modifications to Buffer Stream Temperatures in Urbanized Watersheds – July 24, 2024
   ++ True Resilience: Using a Neighborhood’s Stormwater Challenges to Build Community – August 7, 2024
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7.) James River Watch -- Volunteers take water samples every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day to track water temperature, air temperature, turbidity (or cloudiness), conductivity (or saltiness), and bacteria. Every Friday, results are posted on the James River Watch map (https://jamesriver.shinyapps.io/Riverwatch/). Visit the map to view bacteria scores, river levels, and other pertinent information before recreating on the river. You can also sign up to receive a weekly email when results are posted. Learn more at https://thejamesriver.org/explore-the-james-old/james-river-watch/. Offered by the James River Association.
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8.) Community Assistance for Urban and Community Forestry -- Supports cities, towns, and communities across the Commonwealth as they establish and maintain their urban tree canopy.  Includes resources for community forest planning, urban forestry recognition programs such as Tree City USA, financial assistance programs for urban and community forestry projects, planting urban riparian forest buffers, and stormwater management.  Learn more at https://dof.virginia.gov/urban-community-forestry/urban-forestry-community-assistance/. Offered by the Virginia Department of Forestry.  
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9.) Clean Water Act Training Series – This 9-part, self-paced series will educate individuals on the ins and outs of the Clean Water Act including water quality standards, permitting pollution, section 404, sections 305(b) and 303(d), TMDLs, nonpoint source pollution control, and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Participants will better understand how their state or Tribe can implement and enforce the Act to better protect local waterways. Learn more and register at https://learn.rivernetwork.org/courses/clean-water-act-training-series-self-paced--e2fd0256-9a52-4fcb-bdb0-af2e23069b6e/salespage. Created by the River Network.
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10.) Guide for Using Clean Water Act Discharge Permits to Protect Drinking Water Sources – Published: May 2024 -- Provides information for Public Water Systems (PWSs) and stakeholders to understand and provide meaningful comments on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits that impact drinking water sources. Includes tips, tools, examples, and a template for providing comments on different types of NPDES permits. Available at https://www.sourcewatercollaborative.org/cwa-sdwa-coordination/. Written and reviewed by representatives of the Source Water Collaborative (SWC).
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11.) Interactive Tool: Explore Your Watershed – Use this map to explore watersheds within the Chesapeake Bay watershed -- their populations, Indigenous lands, protected and public access areas, land cover, and pollution load and sources. Use the tool at https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/f81faecc67a744358440b6685a28fde0/. Developed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
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12.) EJScreen: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool
   ++ EJScreen -- Users choose a geographic area; the tool provides socioeconomic and environmental information for the area.  The tool is based on national data and combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports. Learn more at
https://www.epa.gov/ejscreen.  Provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
   ++ Virginia EJScreen+ -- Developed in an effort to increase access to and enhance awareness of Environmental Justice-related spatial data and information throughout the Commonwealth.  Available at
https://geohub-vadeq.hub.arcgis.com/.  Provided by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). 
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