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Mandate 1368

Mandate Information
Mandate Title:
Amend Guidelines for Establishment, Use and Operation of Tidal Wetland Mitigation Banks in Virginia
Purpose of legislation
This law requires Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) to update the "Guidelines for Establishment, Use and Operation of Tidal Wetland Mitigation Banks in Virginia" and its regulations, Wetlands Mitigation-Compensation Policy and Supplemental Guidelines (4VAC20-390). Such review and update shall consider provisions relating to the generation of vegetated and unvegetated wetland credits from wetland creation, restoration, conversion, and enhancement activities, invasive species control, and the establishment of open water channels. This law also includes making the Guidelines consistent with VMRC's "Tidal Wetlands Guidelines", including updating the wetlands types and properties. VMRC shall form a stakeholder group including representatives from the mitigation banking industry, conservation organizations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for the purpose of reviewing and updating the Guidelines.
Legislation mandating a change Chap 334 (2023)
VAC chapters to be amended
4 vac 20 - 390 : Wetlands Mitigation -- Compensation Policy
Associated Regulatory Actions No regulatory action has been filed.
Deadline for the regulation to become effective 7/1/2024
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