Wetland and dredge and fill programs, federal; authorizes State Water Control Board to regulate. (HB1281)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Assumption of federal wetland and dredge and fill programs.  Authorizes the State Water Control Board to assume full responsibility for regulating wetlands and dredge and fill programs that are currently also under the authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The bill will would eliminate dual permitting requirements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would have to determine whether Virginia has the authority to administer the individual and general permit program under 404 of the Clean Water. Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12104126D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/30/2012Assigned ACNRsub: Chesapeake
02/02/2012Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/14/2012Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


Michael writes:

How can a proposed amendment add a term, "surface water", without defining that term? By a strict dictionary definition, "surface water" includes rain puddles. Do I now need a Virginia Water Protection Permit to fill in a low spot on my sidewalk so that rainwater no longer collects there?