Artspace 2022 Members’ Biennial -- November
11-December 17, 2022; Opening Reception: November 11, 2022
2.) Webinar -- Chesapeake Reflections: What We’ve Learned During the Past 50 Years and Where We Need to Go in the Future -- November 15, 2022
3.) Webinar: Transboundary Water Negotiations – A Case Study of Afghanistan and Iran – November 16, 2022
4.) Presentation: One Ocean. One Canoe. One People. – November 16, 2022
5.) EPA Webinar: Real-Time Risk Characterization Tool for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) – November 16, 2022
6.) Implementation Plan (IP) Stakeholder Meeting: Watershed Cleanup Plan for Moores and Mill Creeks – November 17, 2022
7.) Public Comments Accepted: Virginia’s Coastal Resilience Planning – Comments Due: November 18, 2022
++ Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework
++ Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan – Phase 1
8.) Shellabration – November 19, 2022
9.) Request for Proposals (Amended): Wetland and Stream Mitigation Projects – Submission Deadline: November 30, 2022
10.) Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) News
++ 2022 General Assembly Preview – December 3, 2022
++ Common Agenda Education Series
11.) Accepting Letters of Interest: EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program – Letters accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are expended
++ WIFIA Office Hours – December 7, 2022 and January 11, 2023
12.) Call for Presenters: 2023 Choose Clean Water Conference – Application Deadline: January 13, 2023, Conference: May 23-24, 2023
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1.) Watershed: Artspace 2022 Members’ Biennial -- November 11-December 17, 2022; Opening Reception: November 11, 2022 (6-9pm) -- Richmond, VA – This is a non-profit gallery for the visual and performing arts, promoting the understanding and awareness of contemporary art. Learn more at https://www.artspacegallery.org/watershed-novemberdecember-2022-exhibition. Offered by Artspace in partnership with James River Association.
2.) Webinar -- Chesapeake Reflections: What We’ve Learned During the Past 50 Years and Where We Need to Go in the Future -- November 15, 2022 (7-8pm) – Presented by Dr. Walter Boynton, Professor Emeritus at UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. He will use examples from the past 50 years towards understanding how estuaries work, the causes of serious degradation to water quality and habitats, and expectations of restoration efforts. Learn more and register at https://www.umces.edu/events. Organized by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES).
3.) Webinar: Transboundary Water Negotiations – A Case Study of Afghanistan and Iran – November 16, 2022 (1-2pm) – Idrees Malyar, a PhD student at Oregon State University, will present about hydro-diplomacy in a later-developing country such as Afghanistan, his experiences from the transboundary water negotiation meetings between Afghanistan and Iran, and the risks and concerns of a developing country before joining the negotiating table. To register or view past webinars, go to https://www.awra.org/Members/Events_and_Education/Events_and_Education_Webinars.aspx. Organized by the American Water Resources Association.
4.) Presentation: One Ocean. One Canoe. One People. – November 16, 2022 (7-8pm) – Virtual (Zoom) or VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA – Native Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson will present on the deep meaning of voyaging. He will discuss the stars his ancestors used to navigate great distances, the natural signs that provide guidance, and the universal values of voyaging. To learn more and to register, go to https://events.wm.edu/event/view/vims/131665. Organized by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
5.) EPA Webinar: Real-Time Risk Characterization Tool for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) – November 16, 2022 (2-3pm) – This presentation will provide a general overview of a web-based application and a case study using the tool to monitor the Ohio River’s water quality and make decisions about HAB sampling and risk. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E7hR61KkThaAHNGxagx1zA. Presented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
6.) Implementation Plan (IP) Stakeholder Meeting: Watershed Cleanup Plan for Moores and Mill Creeks – November 17, 2022 (2pm) – Lexington, VA – Stakeholders will be provided the opportunity to participate and provide input into the development of the plan. Potential agricultural, residential and urban BMPs will be discussed with the goal of reducing the overall sediment load coming into Moores and Mill Creeks. Participants will also discuss strategies for implementation and areas of greatest need throughout the watersheds. Click here for more information or contact Nesha McRae at Nesha...@deq.virginia.gov. Hosted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
7.) Public Comments Accepted: Virginia’s Coastal Resilience Planning – Comments Due: November 18, 2022 -- The Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking public comment on documents for the state’s coastal resilience planning.
++ Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework -- This framework details the core principles of Virginia’s approach to coastal adaptation and protection and the goals that guide the development and implementation of Virginia’s first Coastal Resilience Master Plan. Learn more and download the document at https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewNotice.cfm?GNID=2482.
++ Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan – Phase 1 -- Projects future coastal flooding and its impacts to the coastal regions’ community, critical and natural resources. Learn more and download the document at https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewNotice.cfm?GNID=2483.
8.) Shellabration – November 19, 2022 (12-4pm) – Hampton, VA -- Celebrate oysters and the bay with themed exhibits, live music, and prizes. To learn more and pre-order oysters, go to https://www.shoredupva.com/blog/you-re-invited-to-a-free-shellabration. Organized by Shored Up and partners.
9.) Request for Proposals (Amended): Wetland and Stream Mitigation Projects – Submission Deadline: November 30, 2022 – The initial proposal for design/build or full delivery for nontidal wetland mitigation project(s) has been amended. The RFP now includes nontidal wetland projects in the Shenandoah River, Middle James River, and Chesapeake Bay (Partial) basins. Stream mitigation project(s) in the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, and Lower James River basins in Virginia. The purpose of the project(s) is to provide mitigation to offset unavoidable impacts for which the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (VARTF) was utilized as the compensatory mitigation. TNC will also consider lump sum purchase of mitigation credits from an approved mitigation bank or banks. For more details, see https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/virginia/stories-in-virginia/virginia-aquatic-resources-trust-fund/. Offered through The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
10.) Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) News
++ 2022 General Assembly Preview – December 3, 2022 (9am-12pm) – Will cover environmental policy agenda items coming up in the 2023 General Assembly. Learn more and register at https://engage.vcnva.org/event/general-assembly-preview/e442288. Regional watch parties will be held in:
= Warrenton – Hosted by Piedmont Environmental Council
= Virginia Beach – Hosted by Lynnhaven River Now
= Richmond – Hosted by Virginia Interfaith Power and Light
= Fredericksburg/Stafford – Hosted by Friends of the Rappahannock
= Harrisonburg – Hosted by Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah Bicycle Coalition
= Fairfax – Hosted by Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
= Charlottesville – Hosted by Community Climate Collaborative
= Alexandria – Hosted by Chesapeake Bay Foundation
++ Common Agenda Education Series – VCN’s Our Common Agenda 2023 environmental briefing book is available at https://vcnva.org/our-common-agenda/. The Our 2023 Common Agenda educational webinars are available on VCN’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjTMnE57jYdLqjpE2fTtyprWcpplnv-qR.
11.) Accepting Letters of Interest: EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program – Letters accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are expended -- This funding will provide up to $5.5 billion for WIFIA loans and $1 billion for State Revolving Fund Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (SWIFIA) loans. The following areas will be prioritized: Increasing investment in economically stressed communities; Making rapid progress on lead service line replacement; Addressing PFAS and emerging contaminants; and Supporting one water innovation and resilience. To learn more see https://www.epa.gov/wifia/wifia-application-materials and WIFIA program handbook (https://www.epa.gov/wifia/wifia-program-handbook). To schedule a one-on-one meeting, contact wi...@epa.gov.
++ WIFIA Office Hours – December 7, 2022 and January 11, 2023 (3pm) – Learn more and register at https://www.epa.gov/wifia/wifia-webinars
12.) Call for Presenters: 2023 Choose Clean Water Conference – Application Deadline: January 13, 2023, Conference: May 23-24, 2023 – Harrisburg, PA – Seeking proposals to lead field trips and present informational sessions. The conference focuses on Chesapeake restoration issues, networking, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals. To learn more and apply, go to https://www.choosecleanwater.org/our-conference. For more information, contact Drew Robinson at Robin...@nwf.org. Organized by the Choose Clean Water Coalition.
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