NAO-2023-02015 (Horseshoe Mitigation Bank, Charles City County, Virginia)

Published Nov. 13, 2023
Expiration date: 12/9/2023

November 9, 2023
NAO-2023-02015 (Horseshoe Mitigation Bank)


The District Engineer received a prospectus to establish a wetland compensatory mitigation site for federal and state permits as described below:

Charles Tench III
Woodlawn Family Revocable Trust
181100 The Glebe Lane
Charles City, VA 23030

The proposed compensatory mitigation site (Site) is located south of Horse Shoe Road and north of Morris Creek in Charles City County, Virginia. The site is approximately 40 acres and currently consists of timbered land, ditches, and unimproved roads. The Site is located within the James River Basin. 

Latitude and Longitude 37.35311 N, -76.96140 W

The Sponsor proposes to design, construct, establish, and operate a wetland compensatory mitigation site known as the Horseshoe Mitigation Bank (Bank). The purpose of the Bank is to provide off-site compensatory mitigation for projects that result in unavoidable impacts to waters of the U.S. including wetlands.
The Sponsor proposes the following wetland credit breakdown:
29.33 wetland credits to be derived from wetland restoration and upland buffer restoration.
The Bank is located within Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 02080206. The Bank’s primary service area will include all of HUCs 02080205, 02080207, and 02080208. The Bank may qualify for a secondary service area based on a review of the Code of Virginia.
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 and the Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and Title 28.2 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.

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).

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 Bank. This is not an application for work in waters of the United StatesUSACE 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 will be no effect to species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Official Species List and Species Conclusion Table located at Public Notices (; 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.

Comments on this project should be made in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers (ATTN: Richmond Field Office), Dr. Herman W. Hudson III, at the address below, or via email at and should be received by the close of business on December 9, 2023.  The Prospectus and Drawings can be viewed at: Public Notices (

If you have any questions about this Bank, please contact:
Herman W. Hudson III, PhD
9100 Arboretum Pkwy, Suite 235
Richmond, Virginia 23236