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The Virginia Lakes & Watersheds Association

Virginia Water Conference 

The Call for Papers and registration for the 2019 Virginia Water Conference is OPEN. For more information on how to submit an abstract go to the Conference Page.

2019 Final Conference Program

Leo Bourassa Scholarship

The Announcement for 2018 has been updated and posted to the website. The scholarship is open to college and university students in Virginia.  Visit the Scholarship page to see if you are eligible. Application deadline is April 1, 2019.

Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia dam owners and local government officials who are interested in applying for grants from the state Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund may attend one of six informational sessions in February to learn about the funding process.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will host the sessions in different areas of the state.

All sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The first two hours will cover the grant program; the types of projects that may qualify for funding and how to apply. The final two hours will consist of breakout sessions specific for dam owners or local floodplain managers. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

“Our target audience is individual dam owners, homeowners associations, floodplain managers and emergency management personnel,” said Wendy Howard-Cooper, acting director of DCR’s Dam Safety and Floodplain Management programs. “We look forward to reaching them in a face-to-face format to discuss this grant opportunity.”

The fund provides 50 percent matching grants for a variety of projects related to dam safety and floodplain management. Grants are awarded through a competitive process. This year, up to $1 million is available through the program. Applications are due to DCR by 4 p.m. on March 29.

Here is the schedule of the informational sessions:

Feb. 5
Natural Tunnel State Park, Cove Ridge Center
469 Cove Ridge Center Road
Duffield, Virginia

Feb. 6
Claytor Lake State Park, Water’s Edge Marina Meeting Facility
6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive
Dublin, Virginia

Feb. 13
Westmorland State Park, Murphy Hall
145 Cliff Road
Montross, Virginia

Feb. 19
Virginia Department of Forestry
900 Natural Resources Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia

Feb. 25
Pocahontas State Park, Swift Creek Banquet Hall
10301 State Park Road
Chesterfield, Virginia

Feb. 28
First Landing State Park Trail Center
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia

For more information and to register, go to the training calendar or call 804-371-6095.

Dam Safety Awards

Every year the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association, in conjunction with Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Dam Safety and Floodplains, present awards to dams around the Commonwealth that meet all State and Federal Dam Safety Guidelines in various categories.  

The Categories include the following:
  • Best Maintained Dam, Privately Owned
  • Best Maintained Dam, Publicly Owned
  • Best Major Construction or Rehabilitation Project (completed prior to Dec. 31, 2018)
  • Most Improved Dam

Nomination form

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