NVSWCD Board Meeting Minutes November 24, 2009



Fairfax County Community Development Center (Herrity Building), Room 941
12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035
November 24, 2009


(As approved by the Board of Directors on January 26, 2010)

Mrs. Packard called the meeting to order at 9:45 a.m.   Those present were:

  • Jean Packard, Chairman, NVSWCD
  • John Peterson, Vice Chairman, NVSWCD
  • Johna Gagnon, Secretary, NVSWCD
  • George Lamb, Treasurer, NVSWCD
  • Bob Kohnke, Associate Director, NVSWCD
  • Harry Glasgow, Associate Director, NVSWCD
  • Bob Jordan, Associate Director, NVSWCD
  • James Patteson, Director, Land Development Services, DPWES
  • Michelle Brickner, Deputy Director, Land Development Services, DPWES
  • Debbie Cross, Conservation District Coordinator, VA Department of Conservation & Recreation
  • Larry Wilkinson, District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Jim McGlone, Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Asad Rouhi, Urban Conservation Engineer, NVSWCD
  • Nick Kokales, Administrative and Technical Assistant, NVSWCD
  • Christin Jolicoeur, Watershed Specialist, NVSWCD
  • Dan Schwartz, Soil Scientist, NVSWCD
  • Diane Hoffman, District Administrator, NVSWCD

Approval of Minutes.  A motion (Gagnon-Lamb) passed (4-0) to approve the Minutes of the October 27, 2009 Board Meeting.   

Treasurer’s Report.  A motion (Lamb-Peterson) passed (4-0) to accept and file for audit the Treasurer’s Report for October 2009. 

Approval of MOU and Project Agreement for Woodglen.  A motion (Peterson-Lamb) passed (4-0) to approve the Memorandum of Understanding and Project Agreement for the rehabilitation of the Woodglen Lake dam, a Pohick Creek Watershed PL-566 structure.  Fairfax County, NVSWCD and NRCS are the signatories on both documents. 

Approval of Soil and Water Quality Conservation Plans.  Mrs. Hoffman described two conservation plans that Mr. Woode had prepared for cooperators.  The US Park Police stable in Fort Hunt Park houses 4 horses and has a field that is used for training.  The main concerns are a poorly located trailer and continuous erosion across heavy use areas.  The plan proposes relocation/demolition of the trailer, drainage interception and diversion, resurfacing heavy use areas and relocation of a trough.  The Verchek plan includes proposals to construct two high use areas, install cross-fencing to improve rotational grazing, and to fence-off natural drainage areas that cut across pasture areas.  A motion (Peterson-Lamb) passed (4-0) to approve soil and water quality conservation plans for The US Park Police Fort Hunt Stable (3 acres on 1 parcel in Fort Hunt Park in the Mt. Vernon District with 4 horses) and for Grace and Bob Verchek (3 acres on 1 parcel in Vienna with 4 horses). 

Green Breakfast.   Mrs. Packard said that Mike Knapp, Director of the Fairfax County Forest Management Division, gave an update on the new tree ordinance and other urban forestry topics, including the County’s 30-year Tree Canopy Goal, at the November 14 Green Breakfast.  Thenext Green Breakfast will be held on January 9 at Brion’s Grille. 

DPWES Land Development Services (LDS).  Mr. Patteson gave a broad overview of the stormwater regulations timeline and discussed the County’s feedback on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, the Cardin and Cummings Bills, the Executive Order and the upcoming meeting EPA scheduled at Falls Church High School on December 14.  He also announced that he was selected as the new Director of DPWES and was committed to working closely with NVSWCD and maintaining the very positive relationship between the two agencies.  On behalf of the directors and staff, Mrs. Packard congratulated him, saying that NVSWCD looks forward to working with him in his new capacity and continuing the great relationship with DPWES.

Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD).  Mr. Peterson reported that the VASWCD Strategic Plan includes support for an Urban BMP Cost-Share and Tax Credit Program.  The VASWCD Annual Meeting will take place December 6-8 in Richmond. At the Area II meeting on December 7, directors will elect a chair to complete the unexpired term resulting from resignation of the current chair.  Also a vice-chair may need to be elected.  Mr. Peterson is chair of the nominating committee, which includes Jean Packard and Jim Byrne.  He noted that Daphne Jameson and Jerry Ingle have been appointed to the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board, on which Mrs. Packard also serves.

Potomac Council and Potomac Watershed Roundtable.  Mr. Peterson reported that he chairs the nominating committee for the 2010 Potomac Council officers.  He said that John Kelley, the current Chair, agreed to stand for re-election, and Bob Hunt has agreed to serve as Vice Chair.  The officers will be elected at the Potomac Council Annual Meeting, which will be held December 6 in Richmond.  The annual Social that follows will be combined with the VASWCD Sponsors Reception.  Hearing no objections, Mrs. Packard reappointed Mr. Peterson as the NVSWCD Member on the Potomac Watershed Roundtable for the three-year term beginning January 2010.  She appointed Mrs. Hoffman as the Alternate.  She appointed Mr. Peterson as the NVSWCD Representative and Mrs. Hoffman as the Alternate on the Potomac Council for 2010. 

(Mr. Peterson and Mrs. Patteson left the meeting at 10:35)

Envirothon.  Mr. Schwartz said he made a brief presentation about the Envirothon progam at the Fairfax County Public School’s In-Service Training in August.  As a result, several schools have expressed an interest in forming teams to compete in the local competition.  The winning teams will advance to the Area II regional competition.  The Northern Virginia and Prince William SWCDs will host this year’s Area II Envirothon, which will be held in late April at E. C. Lawrence Park.  Several Park Authority and DPWES staff help with Envirothon training and judging.  Mr. Glasgow noted that the Hidden Pond Envirothon team, a long-time participant in the program, received an award from the Park Authority.

Engineering Standards Review Committee (ESRC).  Mr. Kohnke reported that secondary street requirements were discussed at the November 5 ESRC meeting. 

Tree Commission.  Mr. Glasgow said there were three vacancies on the Tree Commission.  Nick Kokales will be nominated for membership from the Springfield District. 

Cancelation of December Board Meeting.  A motion (Gagnon-Lamb) passed (3-0) to cancel the December 22, 2009 Board meeting.

Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC).  Mr. Lamb said that EQAC’s Annual Report on the Environment has three major recommendations:  increase the stormwater district tax to 1 ½ cents; hold hazardous waste events at off-site locations, keeping the events in the community; and include non-residential information in the County’s geographic information system.  He noted that the full report is available on a CD and the County’s website, and that the printed version is a summary.  The summary has a section on stewardship for each topic area, which will help people become active in the areas that interest them.  The annual EQAC Public Hearing will be held on November 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Government Center auditorium.  The South County Center will have a remote connection. 

Farewell Christin Jolicoeur.  Mrs. Packard said she was sorry to see Ms. Jolicoeur leave, but wished her well in her new job with Arlington County.  Ms. Jolicoeur said that she had enjoyed working for the District during the past five years and had learned a lot.  Mrs. Packard presented her with a crystal paperweight with the District logo, saying the District appreciated her many contributions.

Dedication of Sally Ormsby Park.  Mrs. Packard said that participants at the November 14 Park Authority dedication of the Sally B. Ormsby Park included Chairman Bulova and three previous chairmen of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Congressman Connolly, Mrs. Hanley and Mrs. Packard) along with Providence Supervisor Smith and Virginia Delegates Bulova and Peterson.  Many of Mrs. Ormsby’s friends from the Mantua neighborhood and colleagues associated with her many activities attended the dedication. 

Associate Director-Consultant William W. Smith.  Mrs. Packard said she received a letter written on Col. Bill Smith’s behalf, saying that because of vision problems, which prevented him from reading or writing, he needed to end his role as an NVSWCD associate director.  He said he enjoyed his affiliation with NVSWCD dating back to 1969 and appreciated the many past kindnesses.  Mrs. Packard recalled that Col. Bill initiated what are now known as the County’s Land Conservation Awards.  She said that Col. Bill has been a great and loyal friend and supporter of the District.  He faithfully attended board meetings and he will be missed.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Mr. Wilkinson said that he did not have anything to report.

Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  Mrs. Cross reported:

  • Because of the closing of a DCR office and an adjustment to the Conservation District Coordinator service boundaries, the Thomas Jefferson SWCD has been added to the Districts for which Mrs. Cross is the CDC.
  • Mrs. Cross handed out copies of the report DCR made to the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board on November 19.  It included information about operational funding for Districts, the conservation partner employee development training, the quarterly meetings of the 12 SWCD dam owners, which also includes DCR and NRCS agency personnel, the Agricultural BMP Cost-Share Program, a summary of statistics for the erosion and sediment control and stormwater management program activities, and upcoming public meetings on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, including a meeting on December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Falls Church High School. 
  • She thanked the District for submitting a Clean Water Farm Award nomination for the Potomac Basin Award.

Department of Forestry (DOF).  Mr. McGlone reported that 2,500 pounds of acorns have been collected.  They will be planted in the DOF nursery in Augusta.

Mrs. Packard adjourned the meeting at 11:20 a.m.  

Respectfully submitted, Diane Hoffman's signature
Diane Hoffman

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