On November 9, 2020, the comment period began for the draft guidance document related to the identification of perennial streams in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This guidance document will be presented to the Board at the December 16, 2020 meeting for approval. The link to the public comment forum and the guidance document is available at  The public comment period closes on December 9, 2020; however, it would be greatly appreciated if comments were submitted earlier.

On November 5, 2020, the Department held a webinar to explain the draft guidance document in more detail, including the methodology the Department is proposing to use to identify perennial streams. In case you were unable to attend the webinar, it is posted on the Department’s website at The presentation that was used during the webinar is also available at that link.

In order to adequately address any comments or concerns identified by interested stakeholders, please submit all comments on the draft guidance document as early as possible either through the Town Hall public comment forum or to Christine Watlington at


The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) has one opening for a Director for the City of Charlottesville and is recruiting candidates to fill this unexpired term ending December 31, 2024.  Interested candidates must reside within the City of Charlottesville.  Please complete the SWCD Director Information Form and submit with a letter of interest to Board Chair Tom Pratley (tom.pratley [@] by July 24, 2020.