Volume 26, Number 6  ●  August 9, 2018

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In This Issue:  

Approved Accotink Creek "Salt" TMDL - What it Means to You!

City of Annapolis Proposes to Remove Tree Conservation Credit

Section 106 Seminar Recap

Giant Hogweed Brings "Little Shop of Horrors" to Virginia!

 


Approved Accotink Creek "Salt" TMDL - What it Means to You!

On May 23, 2018, the EPA approved sediment and chloride Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for each of three impaired segments of Accotink Creek – Upper Accotink (from headwaters down to Lake Accotink), Lower Accotink (from Lake Accotink to the Potomac River), and Long Branch.  Accotink Creek drains 52 square miles of Fairfax County in Northern Virginia, and these TMDLs quantify the maximum amount of total pollutant that the water body can receive without exceeding water quality standards.  All development projects within the Accotink Creek watershed are subject to these TMDLs, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) must consider how proposed impacts to the watershed affect sediment and chloride levels when issuing stormwater permits. 

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  Robins are one of many species protected by the MBTA photo credit: American Robin (Turdus migratorius) by mdf via Wikimedia Commons

City of Annapolis Proposes to Remove Tree Conservation Credit

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On June 18, 2018, Ordinance 27-18 was introduced before the Annapolis City Council with the intent of maintaining the City’s current tree canopy percentage.  The proposed measure would change the City Forest Conservation Ordinance to eliminate a credit given for not clearing beyond the Forest Conservation Threshold.  Thus, any forest clearing within the City of Annapolis would now require a 1:1 reforestation ratio, at a minimum.  The bill was adopted on the first reader on June 18, 2018 and is now in committee.  It is expected to be brought back before the City Council for additional discussion in September.  

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Section 106 Seminar Recap

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On June 20 we welcomed clients and other members of the regulated community to our Gainesville, Virginia headquarters office for a short seminar on Section 106 regulations.  Our Virginia-based clients and partners joined leaders from local counties and cities to discuss the specifics of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  Experts from the US Army Corps of Engineersthe Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR), and Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh PC led our discussion about the new tribal listings, battlefield coordination, abandoned cemetery policy, and adverse effect determinations. 

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Giant Hogweed Brings "Little Shop of Horrors" to Virginia!

  photo courtesy of  Virginia Tech

photo courtesy of Virginia Tech

In June, researchers from Virginia Tech confirmed the presence of giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) in Clarke County, Virginia, and more recently confirmed the plant is also present in Fauquier County, Rockingham County, Spotsylvania County, and Alexandria, Virginia.  This is a dangerous invasive plant species – its sap causes severe burns if exposed to sunlight while on your skin. 

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