US Army Corps of Engineers
Norfolk District

Dominion Power Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Permit Application

 Project Overview

The Norfolk District has reviewed and issued a permit to Dominion Energy to construct a new high voltage aerial electrical transmission line, known as the Surry-Skiffes Creek -Whealton project.  The project consists of three components; (1) Surry – Skiffes Creek 500 kilovolt (kV) aerial transmission line, (2) Skiffes Creek 500 kV – 230 kV – 115 kV Switching Station, and (3) Skiffes Creek – Whealton 230 kV aerial transmission line.  In total, the proposed project will permanently impact 2712 square feet (0.06 acres) of subaqueous river bottom and 281 square feet (0.01 acres) of non-tidal wetlands, and convert 0.56 acres of palustrine forested wetlands to scrub shrub non-tidal wetlands. 

Why is USACE Involved

Transmission lines will cross several Section 10 waterways, in addition to structures being built in the James River, as well as structural discharges occurring in non-tidal wetlands regulated under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The activities required a Corps permit pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act regulations.

The Process

  • Pre-Application Consultations
  • Permit Application
    • Determine complete  
  • Issue Public Notice – 30 day Public Comment Period
    • Consider and Review Comments
  • Other Laws Pursuant to our Permit Review 
  • Statement of Findings
  • Alternatives Analysis to determine Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative
  • 404(b)(1) Guidelines Evaluation
  • Public Interest Review
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Finding of Significant Impact (FOSI)
  • Permit approved/denied


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Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act

Consultation and Public Involvement Plan
Area of Potential Effect (APE)   Eligibility Concurrence





Trails & Landscape            

Final List of Historic Properties for Effects Considerations

Keeper CAJO DOE Coordination

 Final List of Historic Properties 

Keeper Decision

Description of Historic Properties Potentially Effected

Underwater Archaeological

 Viewshed Simulations  Effects Assessments

Surry Interactive Simulations (Dominion)

 Dominion Consolidated Effects Report

National Trust Animation (NTHP)

 NPS Visual Analysis Report

River Views Methodology Simulations

Identified Resources and Corresponding Effect Determinations

Dominion's Comparison of NTHP Animation Video and Truescape's Photo/Simulations

           VDHR Effect Determination Concurrence 2-17-2016

 Resolution Adverse Effects

 Dominion Severity of Impacts on Historic Properties

         Draft MOA 12-30-2015

         Response to MOA Comments 3-30-2016     National Historic Landmark
         Draft MOA 6-13-2016

National Historic Landmark (Carters Grove) Coordination

         Dominion Mitigation Correlation White Paper

Response to MOA Comments 12-09-16

 Heritage Tourism

Draft MOA 12-07-16

          Heritage Tourism Data

Draft MOA Attachments 12-07-16


Dominion Context Document 12-09-16


Response to MOA Comments 3-1-2017


Final Draft MOA 3-17-2017


Dominion Context Document 3-17-2017


Final MOA 4-24-2017

          Executed MOA  



Norfolk District Regulatory Office
803 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

(757) 201-7606

Additional Federal Agency Comments

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
2017-05-02 2017-05-02
2017-04-11 2017-01-11 
2016-07-26   2016-05-03
2016-03-02 2016-01-29
2015-12-10 2015-06-19
2015-04-17 2014-06-04
 Joint Base Langley-Eustis
 2015-08-31  2016-08-15
 US Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
National Park Service
2017-01-12 2016-12-09
2016-10-13  2016-07-27
2016-07-05 2016-06-07
2016-03-25 2016-03-16
2016-02-11 2016-02-03
2016-01-26 2015-12-14
2015-12-04 2015-10-22
2015-07-10 2015-07-24
2015-06-10 2015-06-19
2015-02-19 2015-01-15
2014-09-08 2014-06-12 
Veterans Affairs - Hampton
Yorktown Naval Weapons Station
National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program
2015-01-15 2014-06-12 
 Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Coast Guard
Secretary of the Interior
2017-01-17 NAO Response to DOI 2017-03-20
Council on Environmental Quality  
2017-01-19 NAO Response to CEQ 2017-03-22