Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists
Regulations Governing Certified Professional Wetland Delineators [18 VAC 145 ‑ 30]
Action General Review of Regulations Governing Certified Professional Wetland Delineators
Comment Period Ended on 12/8/2023
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11/20/23  4:20 pm
Commenter: Alexi Weber, PWS, PWD, CE, VSWD

In support of retaining current regulatory framework for the PWD Certification

As a wetland science and certified Professional Wetland Delineator, I am in support of retaining the current regulatory framework for the PWD Certification. The applicable degree, applicable semester hours, thorough 32 or 40-hour delineation training, proof of delineations within both the Eastern Mountains and Piedmont and Coastal Plain of Virginia, and references are extremely important items a delineator must be able to provide in order to qualify to sit for the PWD exam. The PWD program was initially put in place to protect the public from incorrect delineations that led to lawsuits, issues with wetland permits, etc. Rolling back the requirements of this certification will lead to the same issues we faced prior to the implementation of the PWD certification. The current educational, training, and experiential components of the CPWD regulation are critical to assuring reliable and consistent identification of State Surface Waters and should be maintained in their current form. 

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