Nonnavigable state waters; regulation exclusively by Commonwealth. (HB67)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Isolated state waters.  Asserts that isolated bodies of water that are not fed by or replenished perennial streams are to be considered nonnavigable waterways and, as such, are not subject to regulation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the federal Clean Water Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/19/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100478D
12/19/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/23/2012Assigned ACNRsub: Chesapeake
01/24/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB67)
02/14/2012Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


Laura Dely writes:

I oppose this bill as it would impose an ignorant, decapitation of watershed/hdrology systems in the Commonwealth. Although it is imconvenient for developers, the wider community is served in protecting our water systems, which need these occasional wet bodies and streams. They provide frog and other early spring animals incubators, and provide human beings flood control and water quality.
We can pave over the world, but what kind of a world would that be? I'm certain our Virginia founders: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and all enjoyed the chirping of spring peepers and understood the value of preserving wild and acquatic life such as water pennies and other creatures that co-exist with tad poles in such non-perennial streams.
Why on earth do we want to be less than the good stewards of the earth?

Sandy G writes:

I support this bill. It is not about stewardship of the earth. It's about control. It's about getting the federal government out of state business. We are more cabable at the local and state level of taking care of our environment than some beaurocrat in D.C.