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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11/22/23  4:50 pm
Commenter: Kevin Du Bois, PWS, PWD, CFM, SCMNRP

The Current Regulatory Framework for PWD Certification Safeguards the Public and the Resource

The existing education, training, and supervision/reference requirements were put in place to curb formerly common unscientifically-supportable delineations, subsequent erroneous engineering and design and false sworn public testimony.  The requirements were put in place to ensure high quality and accurate delineations with proper application of scientific criteria for determining wetland boundaries.  The existing PWD program provides the public with a way to identify rigorously trained and qualified professionals to make important decisions that impact public property, private land valuation, wetland restoration and protection, shoreline protection, wildlife habitat, climate resilience and carbon sequestration gains or losses. I support and believe it is crucial to maintain the existing educational, training and experiential components of the CPWD regulation for assuring reliable and consistent identification of State Surface Waters and request that they be maintained in their current form.

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