Oyster grounds; dredging projects in waters of Lynnhaven River. (HB285)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), and Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dredging projects in certain oyster grounds. Allows dredging projects to occur that improve, deepen, or restore navigation channels in the waters of the Lynnhaven River and its creeks and tributaries in specific areas approved by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) so long as the project is designed to minimize the impact on oyster-producing beds. If a disturbance of any bed cannot be avoided, the bill requires the person conducting the dredging to pay (i) the costs of relocating the oyster material or (ii) the leaseholder for any loss of oysters that are in production, in an amount to be determined by the VMRC. Amends § 28.2-618, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102570D
01/02/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/11/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB285)
01/13/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Chesapeake
01/13/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee Chesapeake
01/13/2016Assigned ACNR sub:
02/04/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources