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Date: September 23, 2013

Virginia to hold public meetings on Soil and Water Conservation Districts

RICHMOND, VA. – Virginia is holding a series of public meetings in October and November to evaluate the role of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in providing effective delivery of water quality services and technical assistance.

 Seven public meetings will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in locations convenient to the Commonwealth’s six Soil and Water Conservation District areas and one on the Eastern Shore. The locations and dates are:

  • Augusta County Government Center, Verona – October 1.
  • Henrico County Government Center – October 3.
  • Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Chesapeake – October 8.
  • Emory and Henry College, Emory – October 24.
  • Culpeper County Reva Fire and Rescue, Culpeper – October 28.
  • Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, Chatham – October 30.
  • Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa – November 7.
Under legislation approved by the 2013 General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, the meetings are being convened by the directors of the Departments of Environmental Quality and Conservation and Recreation; the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services; members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; and members of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. Also participating will be representatives of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, agriculture and environmental groups.

 Each meeting will include a public comment opportunity, as well as a roundtable discussion on the role that Soil and Water Conservation Districts play in providing assistance in delivery of water quality services for nonpoint source pollution management, and in providing technical assistance for such programs as erosion and sediment control and stormwater management.

Additional information is available on the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website at


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