Last chance to register for our webinar tomorrow -- “Stormwater Management Through the Lens of Environmental Justice.” See item #1 below.
1.) Webinar: Stormwater Management Through the Lens of Environmental Justice – Tomorrow, July 14, 2021
2.) Water Wednesday: Introduction and Q&A with Potomac Riverkeepers – July 17, 2021
3.) 2021 Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrological Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Biennial Symposium (Virtual) -- July 19-21, 2021
4.) Award Program for Women in Science Working on Water Crisis – Application Deadline: July 31, 2021
5.) James River Relief – While spots exist; Ends: July 31, 2021
6.) Potomac Riverkeeper Network T-Shirt Design Contest – Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021
7.) Virginia Land Conservation Foundation FY22 Grant – Application Deadline: August 9, 2021
8.) Public Hearing: Botetourt County Sanitary Landfill, Draft Permit Modification – Hearing: August 11, 2021; Comments Due: August 26, 2021
9.) Nominations Accepted: North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) 2021 Awards – Deadline: August 15, 2021
10.) Funding Opportunity: NSF Environmental Sustainability -- Proposals accepted throughout the year
11.) Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC) News
++ Environmental Justice Internship.
++ Virginia Water Educators Directory
++ Virginia Water Radio
++ Virginia Waters Photo Contest 2021 Winners
12.) Water Justice Toolkit: A Guide to Address Environmental Inequities in Frontline Communities
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1.) Webinar: Stormwater Management Through the Lens of Environmental Justice -- July 14, 2021 (2-3pm) – via Zoom -- This free webinar will highlight successes in managing urban stormwater. The webinar will include a panel discussion on ways to address stormwater issues while considering the people most impacted. The format will follow an informal-conversation style with time for Q&A. The event will be recorded and registrants will receive a link after the webinar to view when convenient. Learn more about this event on the VWMC’s website. Register here to receive a link to participate. Organized by Virginia Water Monitoring Council, Choose Clean Water Coalition, and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Co-sponsored by Southside ReLeaf, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Virginia Water Resources Research Center, and Virginia Tech.
2.) Water Wednesday: Introduction and Q&A with Potomac Riverkeepers – July 17, 2021 (12-1pm) – This introductory information session focuses on the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. The event will also feature an open Q&A session. For more information and to register, see https://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/?event=water-wednesday-intro-and-qa-with-the-riverkeepers&utm. Organized by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network.
3.) 2021 Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrological Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Biennial Symposium (Virtual) -- July 19-21, 2021 (12-2:30pm) -- Aims to bring together the diverse fields of water science to discuss ideas and network with colleagues, as well as build new relationships. Students are especially encouraged to attend. View the full conference program here. Registration is free. Register here.
4.) Award Program for Women in Science Working on Water Crisis – Application Deadline: July 31, 2021 -- Awarding $5,000 to 5 female scientists who are addressing climate change. The cash prize will support U.S.-based women working to find innovative, science-based solutions in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation. For more information, see https://thestoryexchange.org/women-in-science-incentive-prize-2021/. Offered by The Story Exchange.
5.) James River Relief – While spots exist; Ends: July 31, 2021 -- Offering hospital workers free paddle trips, includes kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, tubing, and boating opportunities. To learn more, see https://thejamesriver.org/james-river-relief/. Offered by the James River Association through generous donations and outfitter partners: RVA Paddlesports and Crosswind Paddle Company in Richmond, Reeling & Rafting in Scottsville, Rivanna River Company in Charlottesville, James River Adventures in Lynchburg, and Connect with the James guided paddle programs in the Greater Richmond and Williamsburg areas.
6.) Potomac Riverkeeper Network T-Shirt Design Contest – Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021 – Theme: Our Watershed, Our Home – Seeking designs that show creativity and passion for the Potomac Watershed. For requirements and more information, see https://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/t-shirt-design-contest/.
7.) Virginia Land Conservation Foundation FY22 Grant – Application Deadline: August 9, 2021 (4pm) – There are five grant categories: farmland preservation, forestland preservation, historic preservation, natural area protection, and open spaces and parks. More information is available at https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia-land-conservation-foundation/.
8.) Public Hearing: Botetourt County Sanitary Landfill, Draft Permit Modification – Hearing: August 11, 2021 (6pm), Daleville, VA; Comments Due: August 26, 2021 -- A public hearing convened by the Department of Environmental Quality to receive public comment on a draft permit modification to allow changes in the closure construction including use of tack-on diversion berms and use of a geosynthetic clay liner in place of compacted clay in the closure cap system which will both result in an increase in the overall landfill capacity. The permit modification also includes minor changes to the leachate tank and clarification on permit history. For more information, see https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=32699 .
9.) Nominations Accepted: North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) 2021 Awards – Deadline: August 15, 2021 -- NALMS wants to hear, share, and recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, programs, and corporations who are making a notable impact in lake and reservoir management. Winners will be announced at NALMS 2021 in Oklahoma City (November 15-18, 2021). For more information about the awards, see https://www.nalms.org/nalms-achievement-awards/. To nominate, see https://www.nalms.org/nalms-achievement-awards/nomination-process/nalms-achievement-award-nomination-form/.
10.) Funding Opportunity: NSF Environmental Sustainability -- Proposals accepted throughout the year -- This program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. Supported research areas include: 1) Industrial ecology, 2) Green engineering, 3) Ecological engineering, and 4) Earth systems engineering. Proposals should address the novelty and/or potentially transformative nature of the proposed work compared to previous work in the field. Proposals accepted at any time. Read the full announcement. Offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
11.) Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC) News – To learn more about the VWRRC, see https://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/.
++ Environmental Justice Internship – Abby Spotswood, a senior at Virginia Tech who is majoring in Environmental Resource Management, conducted interviews on environmental justice as part of her VWRRC internship. Her interviews with Dr. Mike Ellerbrock, professor of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech and member of the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice, and Dr. Shannon Bell. an associate professor of sociology at Virginia Tech and a faculty affiliate of the Appalachian Studies Program, are available on the Water Center’s internship webpage. Reports from past internships are also available.
++ Virginia Water Educators Directory -- https://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/virginia-water-educators/ -- Information to help classroom teachers connect with trained educators who help conduct Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Teachers can use the map to find educators by location or download the directory as an Excel spreadsheet.
++ Virginia Water Radio – A weekly podcast featuring sounds and music that relate to Virginia's waters. The information correlates with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Broadcast partners include WEHC (90.7 FM) at Emory and Henry College and WVRU (89.9 FM) at Radford University. Each episode is also available for online listening via http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/ and through the podcast RSS feed. Recent episodes focus on groundwater, watersheds, and tropical cyclones.
++ Virginia Waters Photo Contest 2021 Winners – See the 2021 winning entries at https://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/virginia-waters-photo-contest-2021/. All photos were taken by students attending a college or university in Virginia.
12.) Water Justice Toolkit: A Guide to Address Environmental Inequities in Frontline Communities – This toolkit was developed to provide legal resources to support, encourage, and engage community leaders experiencing environmental injustice. The toolkit includes a set of six guides for local communities and organizations to either start or supplement their environmental justice efforts: 1: Clean & Safe Water Guide; 2: Equitable Flood Risk Management Guide; 3: Title VI Environmental Justice Complaints & Compliance Guide; 4: Local Land Use Planning & Zoning Guide; 5: Public Participation Guide; and 6: Community Science Guide. Each guide provides a basic overview of federal laws and policies and highlights numerous case studies. To download the toolkit, click here. Developed by American Rivers.
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