VCWQ 2013 Summit Registration Open

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Join us for the 2013 Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Annual Summit.

Check out the agenda: 2013 VCWQ Summit Agenda

Register online here:

Questions? Contact Anna Mathis at or 804-775-0951.


Virginia FY 2012-2014 Budget – Citizen Monitoring Funds at Risk

Governor McDonnell has asked state agencies to propose 2%, 4%, and 6% budget cut scenarios of their general-fund appropriations for FY 2012-2014.  All three of VA Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) budget cut scenarios completely cut citizen monitoring grant funding, which provides about $176000 in general fund savings.

If you would like an opportunity to weigh in on these proposals to cut important funding for our citizen monitoring groups, there are a few hearings in January.  Check out the 2012 Public Hearings Press Release for more information.

We will also post more information on this website about contacting key legislators.

Upcoming Forums on Uranium Mining

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and other organizations throughout Virginia are  hosting a series of public events on uranium mining. Check them out if you would like to learn more:

Oct 26: Community Meeting in Middleburg (Loudoun) Join PEC, the Goose Creek Association, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for a meeting about VA’s moratorium on uranium mining. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Nov 3: Uranium– What Should Virginia Do? (Richmond) Come to this Public Education Forum, hosted by The Garden Club of Virginia, to learn more about the potentional for uranium mining in our state and the associated health and environmental risks. The forum will feature multiple speakers and panelists as well as open discussion. This is an all day event and is $40 per person for the general public (includes lunch).

Nov 10: Uranium Mines Here? (Fauquier) Bring your lunch and join the Warrenton Garden Club and PEC for a discussion about whether Fauquier County should be concerned if Virginia ends the 30-year-old moratorium on uranium mining. The event is free of charge, open to the public, and the Warrenton Garden Club will be providing drinks and desserts.

Nov 11: Uranium Mining in VA– Should we end the moratorium? (Loudoun) Join Sustainable Loudoun and PEC for an informative forum concerning the moratorium currently in place in Virginia. A panel of experts will be speaking about what is at stake; particularly concerning our health and the health of our environment.

Nov 16: Keep the Ban! (Charlottesville) Mary Rafferty, Grassroots Organizing Manager of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, will be the featured speaker at this talk about the risks associated with uranium mining and milling. The event will take place at 7pm at St. Mark Lutheran Church.

Go to,391,0,44,html/Uranium for more information.

2011 Annual Summit held October 22nd

Thanks to all those that participated in the 2011 Annual Summit!  The focus was on “Sustainability in Uncertain Times” and we heard from some great speakers on nutrient analysis opportunities, sustainable income streams, watershed report cards, TMDL implementation in the York watershed, and water quality analysis of stormwater ponds.

Karen Anderson presents on nutrient analysis opportunities at the Friends of Shenandoah lab

Breakout sessions were provided in the afternoon where participants could…

…learn how to upload data to the VA Department of Environmental Quality database…

James Beckley with VA DEQ provides Citizen Monitoring Database training


…participate in an open discussion of the VA Save Our Streams program…

Leah Miller with the Izaak Walton League leads a brainstorming session on the VA SOS program

…or go on a tour of the Low Impact Development Conservation Practices installed at Randolph Macon College.

Participants check out the rain garden near the Copley Science Building on Randolph Macon College's campus.


Thanks again to all speakers and participants for making this year’s summit a great success. Click here to access the meeting agenda and presentations.

Hope to see you next year!