Announcements 2021.10.4

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1.) Flooding and Coastal Resilience Community Meetings – Various Dates: October 5-28, 2021
2.) Public Hearing -- Proposed Amendments to the Water Quality Management Planning Regulation: Nutrient Allocations – Hearing: October 7, 2021; Comments Due: October 29, 2021
3.) Webcast: Understanding Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Wastewater – October 7, 2021
4.) Webinar -- Chemical Transformation Simulator (CTS): To Predict PFAS Metabolites and Environmental Transformation Products -- October 7, 2021
5.) Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Buffers Certificate Course – Buffer Basics Webinar: October 12, 2021; Site Assessment Workshop: November 2, 2021; Maintenance Workshop: November 30, 2021
6.) EPA's Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) Meeting – October 13, 2021
7.) Webcast -- PFAS in Biosolids Under a Land Application Scenario: Biotic Weather, Leaching, and Transport – October 14, 2021
8.) Public Meeting: Clean Up Study (TMDL) for Moores and Mill Creeks – October 19, 2021
9.) Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Urban Buffer Design Charrette Course (Virtual) – October 19 & 26, 2021
10.) Webinar -- Freshwater Explorer: Interactive Map of Water Quality -- October 20, 2021
11.) Guide: What You Can and Can't Flush and Put Down the Drain --
https://www.safehome.org/resources/down-the-drain-guide/
12.) Educational Videos: Water Wonders --
https://www.lynchburgva.gov/water-wonders
13.) EPA’s Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter
https://www.epa.gov/fish-tech/fish-and-shellfish-program-newsletter
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www.VirginiaWMC.org.  Please 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, Trevor Celata, for organizing this week’s announcements.
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1.) Flooding and Coastal Resilience Community Meetings -- Public meetings to collect insights and perspectives on flooding issues from Coastal Plain residents and stakeholders for the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan. These listening sessions offer an opportunity to share your experiences with flooding and learn more about the Master Plan. All sessions run from 5-7pm.  To learn more, see https://www.naturalresources.virginia.gov/initiatives/coastal-resilience-master-plan-progress/.
   ++ October 5, 2021 -- Hampton -- Thomas Nelson Community College
   ++ October 13, 2021 -- Eastern Shore -- Cape Charles Civic Center
   ++ October 14, 2021 -- Gloucester -- Virginia Institute of Marine Science
   ++ October 28, 2021 -- Chesapeake -- Tidewater Community College Student Center
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2.) Public Hearing -- Proposed Amendments to the Water Quality Management Planning Regulation: Nutrient Allocations – Hearing: October 7, 2021 (1pm); Comments Due: October 29, 2021 -- Glen Allen, VA – This regulation includes waste load allocations for dischargers of pollutants to various river basins throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia including total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) waste load allocations necessary for the restoration of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. The Board proposes amendments to accomplish three goals: 1. To establish TN and TP waste load allocations, if necessary, to meet revised water quality criteria for Chlorophyll-a in the tidal James River Basin; 2. To either reallocate any unneeded significant industrial discharger allocations to other facilities or reserve any unneeded allocations for future use; and, 3. To establish floating waste load allocations for significant municipal dischargers based on the average daily flow treated by the facility in a given year and nutrient concentrations of 4.0 mg/l TN and 0.30 mg/l TP. Existing “primary” waste load allocations will remain and in any given year the facility will be required to meet the lesser of the primary or floating allocations. Comments will be received on proposed amendments to the Water Quality Management Planning Regulation. The proposal appears in the August 30, 2021 Virginia Register. For more information, see https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=32841 or contact Gary Graham at gary....@deq.virginia.gov or 804-689-4103.
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3.) Webcast: Understanding Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Wastewater – October 7, 2021 (3pm) -- This webcast will showcase Dr. Z. Jason Ren’s research and the work he will conduct using the funding from the Paul L. Busch Award.  Dr. Ren will develop an inventory and digital tools to easily measure and track greenhouse gas emissions from the wastewater sector.  For more information and to register, see https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1497607&tp_key=954a851655.  Hosted by the Water Research Foundation.
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4.) Webinar -- Chemical Transformation Simulator (CTS): To Predict PFAS Metabolites and Environmental Transformation Products -- October 7, 2021 (3-4pm) -- The CTS is a publicly available web-based application that predicts how organic chemicals will transform in environmental and biological systemsThis training webinar will provide an overview of CTS, including a demonstration of the CTS workflows for predicting transformation pathways and physicochemical properties of organic chemicals.  For more information, see https://qed.epa.gov/cts/,  and to register, see https://usepa.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_3mdmMdrkQGmnpFIsm0BEGg. Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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5.) Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Buffers Certificate CourseBuffer Basics Webinar: October 12, 2021; Site Assessment Workshop: November 2, 2021 (Lancaster, PA, or Charlottesville, VA); Maintenance Workshop: November 30, 2021 (Lancaster, PA or Afton, VA) -- This three-part course covers implementing and managing riparian buffers. It is appropriate for landscape professionals, including arborists and foresters, local and state government staff, watershed groups/nonprofit staff, educators, and others. For more information and to register, see https://certified.cblpro.org/product/cblp-buffers-certificate-course/.
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6.) EPA's Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) Meeting – October 13, 2021 (12-4pm) -- The EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities. The purpose of the meeting will be for the EFAB to provide workgroup updates and work products for previously accepted and potential charges, receive updates on EPA activities relating to administration priorities and environmental finance, and consider possible future advisory topics. For more information and to register, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-environmental-financial-advisory-board-public-virtual-meeting-tickets-178768991867. Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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7.) Webcast -- PFAS in Biosolids Under a Land Application Scenario: Biotic Weather, Leaching, and Transport – October 14, 2021 (1-2pm) -- This free webcast will focus on assessing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance release from biosolids. Dr. Erica McKenzie will describe the ongoing efforts to understand what factors influence PFAS partitioning between biosolids and surrounding water. For more information and to register, see https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1495248&tp_key=5e4a774d97.  Organized by the Water Research Foundation.
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8.) Public Meeting: Clean Up Study (TMDL) for Moores and Mill Creeks – October 19, 2021 (5:30pm) -- Raphine, VA (McCormick Farm/Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research & Extension Center) – These creeks in Rockbridge County, Virginia are listed on the 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report as impaired due to violations of the State’s General (Benthic) Water Quality. All meetings in support of TMDL development are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome. Written comments will be accepted from October 20, 2021-November 18, 2021. To view the full announcement, see https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=33095 .
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9.) Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Urban Buffer Design Charrette Course (Virtual) – October 19 & 26, 2021 – Via Zoom -- Participants will work collaboratively to design an aesthetically pleasing buffer for urban and suburban sites that will help meet water quality and habitat restoration goals.  There will be an optional field trip on October 19, 2021 in either Alexandria, Charlottesville, or Hampton. The target audience for this course is anyone interested in planning and design of riparian buffers in urban or suburban sites. For more information, see https://certified.cblpro.org/product/urban-buffer-design-charrette/.
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10.) Webinar -- Freshwater Explorer: Interactive Map of Water Quality -- October 20, 2021 (3-4pm) – Learn about this interactive map, which provides information about background and observed conductivity, a measure of salt content, for freshwater streams, lakes and wells in all 50 US states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Salts can harm aquatic life and can be indicative of the presence of other pollutants. The provided data were obtained from states, tribes and other groups that contributed water quality information through the Water Quality Exchange (WQX).  See the map at https://epa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=13fe4698f35d4a95ba9dfe6f8033f735.  For more information and to register, see https://www.epa.gov/research-states/epa-tools-and-resources-webinar-series and   https://usepa.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_TPjDbY1DTGGISOVNWr6KNQ.  Provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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11.) Guide: What You Can and Can't Flush and Put Down the Drain -- https://www.safehome.org/resources/down-the-drain-guide/ -- This resource was developed to help educate residents about effectively disposing of wastes that can or can't go through household drains and flushes. Remember: Flush only the 3 P’s (pee, poo, and toilet paper).  It's the day-to-day things that, when improperly disposed of, can accumulate over time and can potentially pollute, damage properties, and harm humans or wildlife. Written by the SafeHome.org Team.
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12.) Educational Videos: Water Wonders -- https://www.lynchburgva.gov/water-wonders -- Join the Water Lillys (Lilly Meighan and Nancy Lilly) to learn about water.  These fun videos focus on waters in the Lynchburg area but provide content applicable beyond the region.  Additional water educational information is available at https://www.lynchburgva.gov/education.  Developed by Lynchburg Water Resources, which supplies drinking water and sewer service to Lynchburg residents.
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13.) EPA’s Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter – September 2021 edition -- This bi-monthly newsletter is published by the EPA and highlights current information about fish and shellfish, as well as provides a snapshot of recent advisories, federal agency activities, and more. For more information and to view the September issue, see https://www.epa.gov/fish-tech/fish-and-shellfish-program-newsletter.
The September issue includes:
   ++ New Virus Identified in Melanistic Skin Lesions on Smallmouth Bass from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
   ++ Bioaccumulation of Mercury in Fish Varied by Species and Location in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed—Summary of Existing Data and a Roadmap for Integrated Monitoring
   ++ Four Fisheries Research Projects to Connect Chesapeake Bay Fish, Changing Habitat
   ++ Upcoming Meetings and Conferences
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