March 10, 2023
NAO-2006-05364 (Wood Glen Mitigation Bank - Limestone)
FEDERAL PUBLIC NOTICE
The District Engineer received a prospectus to establish a stream compensatory mitigation site for Federal and State permits as described below:
Clearwater Mitigation LLC
Attn: James Parker
4704 Rolfe Road
Richmond, Virginia 23226
Latitude and Longitude: 39.941 N, -77.640 W
WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK: The proposed compensatory mitigation site (Site) is located at New Mountain Road in Loudoun and Prince William Counties, Virginia. The site is approximately 176 acres and is comprised of mature forest with some small homesites. The Site is located within the Occoquan River Basin.
PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE: The Sponsor proposes to design, construct, establish and operate a stream compensatory mitigation site known as Wood Glen Mitigation Bank (Site). The purpose of the Bank is to provide off-site compensatory mitigation for projects that result in unavoidable impacts to streams and waters of the United States. The site is a preservation site paired with the approved Limestone Mitigation Bank. Along with the preservation, buffer enhancement also is proposed.
The Sponsor proposes the following credit breakdown:
Stream credits proposed
9,593 Unified Stream Methodology (USM) credits are derived from preservation and buffer enhancement.
The Bank is located within Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 02070010. The Bank’s primary service area will include the portions of the Potomac River watershed (HUC 02070008 and HUC 02070010 located in Virginia. The banks Secondary Service area will include lower portions of the Potomac Watershed (HUC 02070011).
Oversight of Bank 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 (USACE) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) chair the IRT.
The actual approval of the use of the Bank for a specific project is the decision of USACE pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or by DEQ pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia. USACE and DEQ provide no guarantee that any individual or general permit will be granted authorization to use the Bank to compensate for unavoidable wetland or stream impacts associated with a proposed permit. Authorization by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission may also be required.
AUTHORITY: Issuance of a public notice regarding proposed compensatory 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: USACE is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate this proposed mitigation site. This is not an application for work in waters of the United States. USACE is evaluating this proposal and 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 Norfolk District ESA Project Review Process, there may be an affect to species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Official Species List and Species Conclusion Table are located at Public Notices (army.mil) ; and (3) there are known properties eligible for inclusion or included in the National Register of Historic Places are in the Bank property. Additional information might change any of these findings.
COMMENT PERIOD: Comments on this project should be made in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers-(ATTN: Charlottesville Field Office), Mr. Vinny Pero, at the address below, or via email at email@example.com and should be received by the close of business on April 10, 2023. The Prospectus and Drawings can be viewed at:
Public Notices (army.mil)
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If you have any questions about this Bank, please contact:
Mr. Vinny Pero
920 Gardens Blvd., Suite103-B
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901