FEDERAL PUBLIC NOTICE
The District Engineer received a proposal to develop a wetland and stream compensatory mitigation site for Federal and State permits as described below:
The Nature Conservancy
VAFO - Richmond
Attn: Kati Rubis
530 East Main Street, Suite 800
Richmond, Virginia 23219
WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK: The proposed mitigation site (site) is approximately 16.7 acres and is located at Emory & Henry College’s Bartlett Crowe Field Station in Washington County, Virginia. The site is directly adjacent to the Middle Fork Holston River, which confluences with the South Fork Holston River in the Tennessee River basin.
PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE: The Virginia Aquatic Resource Trust Fund (VARTF) proposes to establish, design, construct, and operate a compensatory wetland and stream mitigation site, to be known as TN-12.The purpose of the mitigation project is to provide off-site compensatory mitigation for projects that result in unavoidable impacts to stream channels, improve water quality, and improve aquatic and riparian habitat in the Middle and South Fork Holsten River watershed.
Wetland mitigation activities would include approximately 2.03 acres of wetland restoration, 4.87 acres of wetland enhancement, 3.69 acres of wetland buffer preservation, and 1.20 acres of upland buffer restoration. Stream mitigation activities would include approximately 3.95 acres of buffer restoration along 2,114 linear feet of stream channel and preservation of 442 linear feet of stream channel and 0.44 acres of buffer.
The VARTF proposed, for purposes of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and/or Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, that the geographic service area of this mitigation site includes the HUC 06010102 and adjacent HUC 06010101.
Oversight of this mitigation site would be by an existing group of federal and state agency representatives. This interagency oversight group is known as the Interagency Review Team (IRT). The Norfolk District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality chair the IRT.
This mitigation site may be one of a number of practicable options available to applicants to compensate for unavoidable wetland and stream impacts associated with permits issued under the authority of Section 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act (Public Law 95-217) in Virginia.
The actual approval of the use of this mitigation site for a specific project is the decision of the Corps pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and by the Department of Environmental Quality pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia. The Corps and the Department of Environmental Quality provide no guarantee that any particular individual or general permit will be granted authorization to use this mitigation site to compensate for unavoidable wetland or stream impacts associated with a proposed permit, even though compensatory mitigation may be available. Authorization by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission may also be required for its use for specific projects.
AUTHORITY: Issuance of a public notice regarding proposed mitigation sites is required pursuant to the “Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources; Final Rule,” (Rule) as published in the April 10, 2008, Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 70, Pages 19594-19705 (33 CFR Parts 325 and 332).
FEDERAL EVALUATION OF PROPOSAL: The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate this proposed mitigation site amendment. This is not an application for work in Waters of the United States. The Corps of Engineers in evaluating this proposal will consider any comments received. Comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values, land use classification, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, and consideration of property ownership.
Preliminary review indicates that: (1) no environmental impact statement would be required; (2) after conducting the NAO ESA Project Review Process, there may be an affect to listed/proposed/candidate species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Official Species List and Species Conclusion Table is attached for review and comment by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and (3) no known properties eligible for inclusion or included in the National Register of Historic Places are in or near the permit area, or would likely be affected by the proposal. A Phase 1 Archeological survey will be conducted on the site prior to any work on the site. Additional information might change any of these findings.
COMMENT PERIOD: Comments or questions on this project should be made in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers – Charlottesville Field Office (ATTN: Vincent Pero), 920 Gardens Boulevard, Suite 103-B, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or to email@example.com with the project name and number in the subject line. Comments must be received by the close of business on July 6, 2017. Copies will be forwarded to the DEQ. Project prospectus and plans can be viewed at: