Harvell Dam; DGIF shall submit a report evaluating alternatives to proposed breach thereof. (HB1855)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fish passageways for the Harvell Dam.  Exempts the Harvell Dam located on the Appomattox River in the City of Petersburg from the requirements of building a fish passageway if the dam obstructs navigation or the passage of fish. However, prior to any breach of the dam, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is to prepare a report on the alternatives considered to the proposed breach of the dam. The report is to be submitted to the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources on or before November 30, 2011. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103796D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/21/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1855)
02/02/2011Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Committee substitute printed 11104283D-H1
02/03/2011Read first time
02/04/2011Read second time
02/04/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104283D-H1
02/04/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1855H1
02/06/2011Passed by for the day
02/07/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1855H1)
02/07/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/07/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/14/2011Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2011Read third time
02/16/2011Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1855ER)
02/22/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1855ER)
02/22/2011Signed by Speaker
02/23/2011Signed by President
03/16/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 215 (effective 7/1/11)
03/16/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0215)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


B Moore writes:

There is no good reason to exempt Harvell dam from removal or installation of a fish passageway.
By fighting to keep blocking the Appomattox river, the owner of this dam is selfishly depriving Petersburg and Colonial Heights of an important and lucrative resource: a free flowing river.
The owner of this concrete and rebar dam mistakenly compares it to Niagara falls. Niagara falls shares more in common with the riffles drowned behind Harvell than with the dam itself.


This link opens a letter to VDGIF and the city of Petersburg SUPPORTING THE REMOVAL OF HARVELL DAM. It spells out why removal is the best option and some of the positive effects the removal will have on the local economy, the Appomattox watershed, and the Chesapeake Bay. Please read it, read the proposed legislation, make your own decision. If you disagree with the proposed legislation, email a copy of the letter (even better: write your own) to Rosalyn Dance, Petersburg, VDGIF.
Unimproved rivers cant be improved on.

Anne Repass writes:

I support the removal of the Harvell Dam.

URBAN writes:

Support the Appomattox river by supporting the removal of Harvell dam on Facebook.