Effective August 8, 2022, The Army Corps of Engineers – Norfolk District has issued two new State Program General Permits (SPGPs), authorizing the discharge of fill materials or dredging spoils in non-tidal waters of Virginia.
To conform with Nationwide Permits (NWPs), stream area will now be applied to the mitigation threshold instead of linear foot thresholds.
Compensatory wetland mitigation will be required for projects that exceed their respective acreage maximums.
Applicants pursuing either of these SPGPs may request a Jurisdictional Determination (JD) or an expedited preliminary federal screening from the Army Corps of Engineers. In either case, project developers are cautioned to thoroughly evaluate land disturbance and fill activities well in advance of ground-breaking activities and actively monitor these activities at their development sites.
Contact the Aegis Environmental team for support in navigating permitting and compliance needs for this or other areas impacting your business.