Virginia SB 964 (2011): Coastal resource management; Living Shorelines; VA Marine Resources Commission, et al. to develop integrated guidance.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) was directed by SB 964 in 2011 to develop and implement a general permit regulation that authorizes and encourages the use of living shorelines as the preferred alternative for stabilizing tidal shorelines.

In SB 964: § 28.2-104.1 “Living shorelines; development of general permit; guidance.” the VMRC, in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and with technical assistance from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), is directed to establish and implement a general permit regulation that authorizes and encourages the use of living shorelines as the preferred alternative for stabilizing tidal shorelines in the Commonwealth.

The VMRC is required to develop integrated guidance for the management of tidal shoreline systems to provide a technical basis for the coordination of permit decisions required by any regulatory entity exercising authority over a shoreline management project.

The Living Shorelines guidance was mandated to:
1. Communicate to stakeholders and regulatory authorities that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to support living shorelines as the preferred alternative for stabilizing tidal shorelines;
2. Identify preferred shoreline management approaches for the shoreline types found in the Commonwealth;
3. Explain the risks and benefits of protection provided by various shoreline system elements associated with each management option; and
4. Recommend procedures to achieve efficiency and effectiveness by the various regulatory entities exercising authority over a shoreline management project.

As defined in SB 964 § 10.1-2101, beginning in 2013 any locality in Tidewater Virginia was to incorporate the guidance developed by VIMS into the next scheduled review of its comprehensive plan. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), VMRC and VIMS are to provide technical assistance to any such locality upon request. 

The report “Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Guidance” was developed in 2011 by the Center for Coastal Resource Management at VIMS as the planning guidance for living shorelines for Tidewater Virginia communities. The guidance is designed to inform managers about the benefits of ecosystem services, communicate the current understanding of coastal systems, and highlights the costs and benefits of living shorelines versus traditional erosion control practices.
http://ccrm.vims.edu/ccrmp/Guidance_General.pdf

 


 

Publication Date: April 29, 2011

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  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission
  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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