Title page for ETD etd-04212005-075411

Type of Document Major Paper
Author Sivers, Sarah Katrina
URN etd-04212005-075411
Title An Overview of Wetland Impacts and Mitigation in Northern Virginia
Degree Master of Natural Resources
Department Natural Resources
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Trauger, David L. Committee Chair
Giese, Laura A. B. Committee Member
Helfrich, Louis A. Committee Member
Plyler, Jennifer L. Committee Member
  • wetland permits
  • wetland mitigation bank
  • wetland impacts
  • Virginia
  • no net loss
Date of Defense 2005-04-18
Availability restricted
Review of the wetland permit program in northern Virginia provides insight into the process of achieving “no net loss” of existing acreage and functions by the Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWPP) Program as administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This program was developed to protect wetlands and streams through permitting impacts and requiring compensation for those permitted impacts. An overview of wetland impacts and wetland mitigation as administered by DEQ Northern Virginia Regional Office (NVRO) provides a representative look at how wetland impacts and mitigation are handled in Virginia. Based upon the analysis of NVRO permitted wetland impacts and accepted compensation from 2000 to 2004, it appears NVRO is achieving the goal of “no net loss” in terms of acreage. In terms of functions, the analysis indicates that “no net loss” is potentially not being met. More research needs to be conducted to fully understand how to evaluate and quantify “no net loss” of functions and how certain types of mitigation options affect adequate compensation for lost functions. Until a standard is accepted for quantifying the quality of wetlands, it will be difficult to assess and therefore determine if “no net loss” of functions is being attained in Virginia.
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