Vol. 20 No. 5 June 1, 2012

New State Wetlands PermitAnnounced; Stormwater
Grandfathering; Wetlands Get Bigger; Tysons Corner Stormwater Management Guidance;
Wounded Warrior Spring Turkey Hunt; Service Spotlight-Environmental Compliance; Reston Stream in Land
and Water Magazine; Pervious Concrete Workshop


New State Wetlands Permit Announced (SPGP# )


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DCR Guidance on SWM Grandfathering

On May 15, 2012, the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) published a guidance document specifying procedures for implementation of the grandfathering provisions of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board's Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations enacted through adoption of 4VAC50-60-48.

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Wetlands Get Bigger - 2012 National Wetland Plant Indicator List Changes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced on May 9, 2012 the availability of the 2012 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The NWPL is aimed to help regulators make more accurate categorizations of wetlands and other Waters of the United States (WOUS) under the Clean Water Act and the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. The 2012 list adds more than 1400 plant species to the 1988 NWPL, which will be used in any wetland delineation performed after June 1, 2012, and changes the indicator status of many locally common species – usually to the "wetter" side.

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Tysons Corner Stormwater Management Guidance

On April 18, 2012, Fairfax County held an informational session to provide conceptual guidance for how to implement the Tysons Corner stormwater management vision, as presentated in the Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan, adopted June 27, 2010. In addition, the County introduced a few tools to help developers meet the stormwater goals for Tysons Corner. As specified in the aforementioned goals, the first 1" of rainfall should be retained and infiltrated on-site. If the rain can't be infiltrated then it must be reused. A determination as to how long the collected rainwater can be stored before it must be reused has not yet been made.

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WSSI Honors Veterans with Wounded Warrior Spring Turkey Hunt

Following the success of the 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Waterfowl Hunt in December 2011, Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., (WSSI) decided to expand their philanthropic efforts and host a Wounded Warrior Spring Turkey Hunt. This three-day event was held during the first week of May and was a great success, as WSSI staff and other contributors coordinated with the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment to host combat wounded Marines for an unforgettable experience in the spring turkey woods.

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Service Spotlight: WSSI Compliance Services

This month, we bring WSSI's Environmental Compliance Department into the spotlight, which works with owners and contractors to ensure that each site remains in compliance with environmental permit requirements (i.e. VSMP & VWP – or colloquially – Erosion and Sediment (E&S) Control Inspections and Wetland Permit Compliance Monitoring) throughout the lifecycle of the project.

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WSSI Reston Stream Project Featured in Land and Water Magazine

WSSI's Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank (NVSRB) was recently featured in the March/April 2012 issue of Land and Water Magazine.

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Pervious Concrete Workshop

The Northern Virginia Concrete Advisory Council (NVCAC) and WSSI will host the 5th Annual Building Green with Concrete Workshop at WSSI's office on June 21, 2012.

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About Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI):

WSSI is the leading provider of natural and cultural resource consulting services in Northern Virginia. The firm has worked on a total of over 2,300 sites, comprising 195,000 acres, and has created hundreds of acres of wetlands and restored miles of streams. Our team of 70+ engineers, scientists, archeologists, ecosystem technicians, GIS/survey/compliance and technology/training specialists, and administrative staff yield a unique combination of disciplines focused on wetlands and water resources and provide creative solutions for integrating the constraints of economics and land plan requirements with local, state, and federal environmental regulations. For more information about WSSI, visit our Web site at www.wetlandstudies.com.