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As part of the Chesapeake 2000 agreement, the Commonwealth of Virginia pledged to a wetland policy of no net-loss. Through conscientious resource protection and management, Virginia’s non-tidal and tidal wetland permit programs, administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) respectfully, are committed to reaching this goal. In order to assist these agencies in realizing no-net loss of wetlands, the availability of baseline data is essential in defining our existing resources and is the basis from which future status and trends can be evaluated along with the effectiveness of permitting and management programs. In addition, these data provide valuable information in identifying wetland restoration opportunities, evaluating appropriate mitigation ratios, and determining cumulative impacts within a watershed. Center for Coastal Resource Management (CCRM) scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) have participated with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in Mid-Atlantic Wetland Workgroup (MAWWG) efforts to develop wetland assessment methodologies necessary in reporting wetland condition as required by Section 305 (b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Currently, CCRM is conducting a Level I and Level II assessment of the Commonwealth’s coastal plain non-tidal wetlands (EPA Region III Wetland Program Development Grant #BG-983925-01). As this research effort continues, CCRM will provide valuable information to DEQ and other local, state and federal agencies regarding the extent and condition of the Commonwealth’s non-tidal wetland resources in the coastal plain and piedmont physiographic regions. These data will help provide the information necessary to make informed resource management and wetland permitting decisions



Wetlands, Marsh, Inventory

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EPA #CD-973079-01 Final Report