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Build A Shenandoah Valley Science Plan that will inform policy makers. Organized by the Shenandoah Valley Science Collaborative.


  • Marcellus Shale in the Shenandoah Valley: Opportunities & Issues, October 28, 2010Marcellus Shale in the Shenandoah Valley: Opportunities & Issues, October 28, 2010 --10 am to 3:30 pm, Holiday Inn Winchester SE--333 Front Royal Pike--Winchester VA. $10 Registrati on Fee. Payable by check to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission. Please Register by Oct. 22, 2010. Contact Gail Crigler, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission 540-636-8800. Sponsored by the Regional Water Resources Policy Committee and the NSVRC.
  • Chesapeake Bay TMDL presentation May 6, 2010 at 10 AM - noon, at the Strasburg Town Hall, as part of the Regional Water Resources Policy Commission meeting.  Guest speakers from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), VA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will provide a presentation of the Bay TMDL and impacts to local governments.  Truths and myths will be summarized along with anticipated impacts on water, wastewater, and stormwater to meet the proposed nutrient reductions. See flyer.
  • Regional Water Resources Policy Committee, December 2, 2009, 9:30 - 10:30  a.m.
    • Agenda
    • Contact: Jill Keihn, Natural Resources Program Manager, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, 103 East 6th Street, Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 636-8800 ext. 203, Shenandoah County Administration Office, Woodstock, VA
  • Great Valley Science Forum: October 7, 2009 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • August 19, 2009, the Regional Water Resources Policy Committee will provide a guest presentation summarizing the recently published groundwater modeling study of the Valley.  A 30-minute informal presentation geared to planners and elected officials will be followed with Q&A. Strasburg Town Hall, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PRIMER ON GROUNDWATER FLOW IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Richard M. Yager, United States Geological Survey, Ithaca NY.
    • An informal presentation will describe our present understanding of groundwater flow in the Shenandoah Valley. Introductory remarks will summarize recent USGS studies and explain basic groundwater concepts required to comprehend USGS reports. The general nature of the groundwater flow system will be described, including the principal geologic and hydrologic features. The role of groundwater flow models will be discussed, including the benefits and potential applications of modeling studies. An open discussion will follow to further the understanding of these scientific studies, and to help focus the results of future studies toward providing information required by local water managers.
  • July 1, 2009, the Regional Water Resources Policy Committee meeting, held at the Strasburg town hall at 9:30 a.m., will present:
  • May 18, 2009, Meeting on TMDL Study Shenandoah South Fork
  • May 15, 2009, Agricultural Preservation Workshop, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Valley Farm Credit (125 Prosperity Dr., Winchester, Virginia.
    • Cost: $10 (checks can be made payable to NSVRC). Lunch will be provided. To register, please email or contact the NSVRC at (540) 636-8800.  Please register by Monday, May 11th.
    • Details of the workshop are on the attached flier.
  • April 22, 2009, the Regional Water Resources Policy Committee meeting, held at the Strasburg town hall at 9:30 a.m., will present:
    • Proposed Stormwater Regulations - by Jim Lawrence, Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District
    • MIF Study - by Clay Ramey, USGS Fisheries Biologist
    • Regional Water Supply Plan submitted to DEQ - by Central Shenandoah Planning District 
  • Webcast Understanding Drought from the COMET people at UCAR and NOAA.  To access the material you need to register.  There is no fee involved.  While it is a basic primer on drought, there are some parts toward the end about partnerships that could be interesting. Here is that link:
  • March 11, 2009, Saving Water / Saving Money: Water Conservation in the Shenandoah Valley, Registration: 9 - 9:30 a.m. Workshop: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Snacks and Lunch Provided, Shenandoah University, Henkel Hall. March 12 - in Weyers Cave  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Directions: Route I-81 Exit 313, 50 West / Jubal Early Drive, Rt at Y onto Millwood, Rt at Shenandoah Univ sign onto Lowry, Immediate first Rt onto Wade Miller, Go up hill 0.1 mi, second bdg on rt = Henkle Hall.  Park in J Lot, or overflow. Auditorium on first floor. See Flyers Front and Back.
  • Water quantity, water quality, and drought management are issues we are all facing.  Two water events are being offered to further address these issues:
    • Great Valley Science Forum: October 27, 2008 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Shenandoah Valley Water Conference: October 28, 2008 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
      • Linking Local Public Policy With Science to “Take Care of the Water”
      • Science for the Policy Makers; public welcome
      • Contact Jill Keihn at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission: Register on or before October 24, 2008 (space is limited) by either calling (540) 636-8800 or emailing
      • Agenda and Flyer (PDF)
      • Winchester Star, Wednesday, October 29, 2008, Water woes, and Friday, October 31, 2008, Researchers dive into water issues

The 2008 Great Valley Water Resources Science Forum will be held at Millwood Fire Hall in Winchester, Virginia on October 27. The Fourm is again being held in conjunction with the Shenandoah Valley Science Symposium. The Shenandoah Valley Science Symposium will be held the following day (October 28) at the same facility. The Symposium will have 3 panels presenting on the development and applications of ground-water flow models; drought prediction, monitoring, and impacts; and water quality issues. The panels will include scientists who presented at the Forum and representatives of state and county agencies who need, fund, and use the results of water-resources investigations. This will be a very good opportunity for interaction between scientists and their customers.

Previous Related Meetings


Stormwater Regulations


The proposed Virginia stormwater regulations target improving water quality and quantity limiting the total runoff load leaving a site. The current draft is being developed by the VA Soil and Water Conservation Board (VSWCB) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) with changes in the following areas:

Part I - definitions

Part II - technical criteria

Part III - government requirements

Part XIII - fees.

The revisions will allow localities to run their own stormwater programs if they elect to do so. Localities that choose to run their own programs, or consolidate through a regional permitting body, will issue permits and receive the permit fees. Otherwise, localities may choose to have their programs run by DCR with no financial incentive. Each local program should be in place by 2012.  Other changes impact Part XIV, the General Stormwater Management Program’s Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities. The new permit will go into effect July 1.

Regulation Summary:

The proposed regulations affecting Technical Criteria and Local Programs address Parts I, II and III. Certain jurisdictions will be able to opt-in to the program and others will be required to have their own state-approved program. The changes also include procedures for program authorization and review and approval of local programs by the VSWCB. Communities seeking to meet the stormwater management goals can choose from a variety of Best Management Practices (BMPs) (e.g., green infrastructure) to reduce runoff and remove pollutants. The BMP Handbook has not yet been approved but will include Low Impact Development strategies.

In February 5, 2009, the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) hosted a design charrette addressing the technical criteria. NSVRC staff and many planners from our region attended to try out stormwater BMPs.

Finally, revisions to Part XIII establish new Permitting Fees to cover local or state-administered programs, as no state general funds are provided for it. The proposed permit fees would defray costs of plan review, permit issuance, inspections, enforcement, and program administration.


A 60-day public comment period is planned for June or July. The VSWCB should finalize the new regulations late 2009; however, legislation considered by the General Assembly may postpone this a year. Local governments (per HB 1975) will have up to 21 months to develop and adopt programs and fee schedules.

Impacts anticipated include implementation costs to localities, adequacy of the proposed fee schedule, inspection, and maintenance of micro-controls and local limitations where local controls may be sited.


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