Dams; prohibited vegetation, certain wetland vegetation allowed. (HB1715)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dams; wetland vegetation. Exempts wetland vegetation growing on certain regulated impounding structures from the requirement that all vegetation be removed from such dams. The bill exempts vegetation associated with a wetland mitigation bank or in-lieu fee site that has regulatory approval and is the subject of a recorded, permanent instrument protecting the vegetation from removal. The bill allows the Department of Conservation and Recreation to require the dam owner to remove trees by flush cutting unless the Department determines on the basis of site-specific information that the grubbing of roots is necessary to protect the integrity of the dam. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/15/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101371D
12/15/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/09/2019Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #3
01/16/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/16/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)
01/16/2019Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2019Committee substitute printed 19104995D-H1
01/18/2019Read first time
01/21/2019Read second time
01/21/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19104995D-H1
01/21/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1715H1
01/22/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/22/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/07/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1715H1)
02/12/2019Read third time
02/12/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1715ER)
02/14/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1715ER)
02/14/2019Signed by Speaker
02/14/2019Signed by President
02/18/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019
02/18/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 18, 2019
02/18/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
02/22/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 148 (effective 7/1/19)
02/22/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0148)