Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference –
Registration Deadline: In-person: September 21, 2021; Online: September 28, 2021;
September 30, 2021 --
Online or Henrico, VA – We are offering two scholarships to full-time college students to cover the conference registration fee. The scholarship application deadline is September 10, 2021. See the full agenda and register at
Organized by the VWMC with support from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Henrico County, Virginia Water Resources Research Center, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.
1.) Webinar -- Water Equality: Sustainability and Accessibility for All – August 26, 2021
2.) Bay Paddle -- August 27-September 3, 2021
3.) Richmond Paddle Cup -- August 28, 2021
4.) RiverPalooza and RioPalooza – Various Dates: August 28, 2021-September 18, 2021
5.) Request for Proposals: Future Harvest Annual Winter Conference – Submission Deadline: August 30, 2021; Conference: January 13-15, 2022
6.) 12th Annual Occoquan River Clean-up – September 11, 2021
7.) EPA SepticSmart Week – September 20-24, 2021
8.) FY 2022 Grant Opportunity: Marine Debris Removal Projects – Submission Deadline: September 24, 2021
9.) 2021 Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Challenge – Submissions due: September 30, 2021
10.) Imagine a Day Without Water 2021 -- October 21, 2021
11.) Virginia Conservation Network (VCN)’s Our Common Agenda
12.) Stormwater Harvesting Survey
13.) Report Algal Blooms / Fish Kills
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1.) Webinar -- Water Equality: Sustainability and Accessibility for All – August 26, 2021 (11am-12pm) – Speaker: Renee Hoyos, Director of Environmental Justice at Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Register at https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0dEMSxIsAkCgQo6. Organized by the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District (PWSWCD).
2.) Bay Paddle -- August 27-September 3, 2021 -- Havre de Grace, MD to Virginia Beach, VA -- This 215-mile, 8-day, staged paddle race aims to raise funds to protect the Chesapeake Bay by working with Oyster Recovery Partnership to plant oysters and Chesapeake Conservancy to support their efforts to designate the Bay as a National Park. To learn more, sponsor the event, or to register as an individual or team, see https://www.baypaddle.org/. Founded by Chris Hopkinson with support from multiple partners.
3.) Richmond Paddle Cup -- August 28, 2021 -- American Legion Landing, Midlothian, VA -- The race will be held on the James River and proceeds support the work of the James River Association. There will be a Fun Paddle (1.0 mi) for more beginner and recreational paddlers, a Short Course (2.5 mi) for intermediate paddlers, a Long Course (5.0 mi) for more experienced racers, and a 22-Mile Rundown for endurance kayak and canoers. Learn more at https://paddleguru.com/races/2021RichmondPaddleCup. Organized by Crosswind Paddle Company.
4.) RiverPalooza and RioPalooza – Various Dates: August 28, 2021-September 18, 2021 -- Click here for details and registration. Organized by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network.
++ August 28, 2021 – Harpers Ferry Tubing and Overnight Camping (Purcellville, VA)
++ August 29, 2021 – Good-Bye Summer Blowout (Harpers Ferry, WV)
++ September 18, 2021 – RioPalooza! (Fort Valley, VA)
5.) 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://www.futureharvestcasa.org/conference/2022-conference.
6.) 12th Annual Occoquan River Clean-up – September 11, 2021 (9am-2pm; rain date: September 18, 2021) – Multiple Locations: Upper Occoquan River – Water-based and land-based cleanup opportunities. Volunteers experienced in kayaking/canoeing/jon boating are needed for this event. For more information and to register, see http://www.pwtsc.org/. Hosted by the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, and other partners.
7.) EPA SepticSmart Week – September 20-24, 2021 -- Includes outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. During this event, EPA seeks to inform homeowners on proper septic system care and maintenance, assist local agencies in promoting homeowner education and awareness, and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options to improve and sustain their communities. For more information, see https://www.epa.gov/septic/septicsmart-week#sswcurrent.
8.) FY 2022 Grant Opportunity: Marine Debris Removal Projects – Submission Deadline: September 24, 2021 – Awarded projects will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear, abandoned and derelict vessels, and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris. For more information, see https://blog.marinedebris.noaa.gov/now-open-fy-2022-grant-opportunity-marine-debris-removal-projects. Offered through the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
9.) 2021 Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Challenge – Submissions due: September 30, 2021 (2pm) -- This challenge provides an opportunity for individuals and firms to contribute to the development of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-free firefighting foams as alternatives to AFFF. Submissions are accepted for innovative formulations that can approach and match the capabilities of legacy AFFF. The submitter will initially demonstrate these capabilities by performing a small pan fire extinguishing test. To learn more, see https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/2021-serdp-afff-challenge/. Offered by the U.S. Department of Defense.
10.) Imagine a Day Without Water 2021 -- October 21, 2021 -- This national campaign aims to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water. To learn more about the history behind the campaign, download resources, or see who else is involved, see https://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/.
11.) Virginia Conservation Network (VCN)’s Our Common Agenda – This book includes a collection of more than 40 issue papers. The book aims to be an educational tool for policy makers and conservation advocates. For more information and to download the briefing book, see http://vcnva.org/our-common-agenda/.
12.) Stormwater Harvesting Survey -- Seeking data on stormwater harvesting practices at local, regional, and state levels. Survey findings will inform a synthesis document on stormwater harvesting projects and associated research needs. The survey should be completed by stormwater program managers, water supply program managers and/or staff at the agencies that implement stormwater harvesting. The survey may take 15-20 minutes to complete. For more information, see https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stormwaterharvesting. Conducted through the Water Research Foundation (WRF).
13.) Report Algal Blooms / Fish Kills
++ Report Algal Blooms -- Use the online report form located on the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) page at www.SwimHealthyVa.com. The HAB Task Force responds to complaints regarding blooms.
++ Algal Bloom Surveillance Map -- https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/waterborne-hazards-control/algal-bloom-surveillance-map/ -- Updated regularly during the months of May-October. The map does not reflect all possible blooms in the state, only those reported and under investigation.
++ Report HAB-Related Illness – Use the toll free HAB Hotline at 888-238-6154. This number is to be used for health complaints only.
++ Report Fish Kills – Report fish and other dead animals in or near the water. Contact Virginia Emergency Operations Center (VEOC) at 1-800-468-8892.
The VWMC announcements are provided through support by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and generous VWMC members. Thank you to our sponsors.
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