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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12/8/23  5:19 pm
Commenter: Edward

PWD Changes

Generally, we support maintaining high standards for PWD certification to promote exceptionalism in the profession. However, there's one change we would support, likely influenced by our location in the state. We support eliminating PWD as one of the three required references for certification.


Currently, we are preparing for our PWD exam scheduled for fall 2024. However, securing a PWD reference has proven challenging. We have clients who are P.E.’s and P.G.’s, willing to vouch for our skills and abilities in preparing JD’s and 404/VWPP permits over the last 20+ years. Unfortunately, this doesn't align with the current requirements. PWDs appear to be scarce in our region (Wytheville, VA, and west).


Our location is in far southwest Virginia, specifically Abingdon/Bristol, with many clients situated in the Cumberland Plateau where streams, rather than wetlands, are the primary concern. It is my opinion that due to the focus on streams in our region, DEQ never promoted the PWD in our part of the state until 2023. While we are keen on becoming PWDs and upholding high professional standards, we have concerns about the reference requirement acting as a barrier to entry, especially in our rural part of the state.

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