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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 1340. Fast-Track Permitting Program for Disposal of Dredged Material
4/7/2020

4VAC20-1340-20. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Coastal resilience" means the ability of natural and built coastal environments to withstand and recover from hazardous events such as extreme weather, storm surge, and recurrent flooding.

"VMRC" means the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

"Joint Permit Application" means the current standard application utilized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and local wetlands boards to evaluate projects involving submerged lands, wetlands, and coastal primary sand dunes and beaches for permit review.

"Living shoreline" means the same as defined in § 28.2-104.1 of the Code of Virginia, that is, a shoreline management practice that provides erosion control and water quality benefits; protects, restores, or enhances shoreline habitat; and maintains coastal processes through the strategic placement of plants, stone, sand fill, and other structural and organic material.

"Local government" means counties, cities, towns, and political subdivisions of the Commonwealth.

"Sand" or "beach sand" means material that is SM (silty sands), SP (poorly graded sand), or SW (well graded sand), using the Unified Soil Classification System, with a minimum median grain size of around 0.25 mm with no more than 20% passing through a #100 sieve (0.149mm) and no more than 10% passing through a #200 sieve (0.074mm).

"Submerged aquatic vegetation bed" or "SAV bed" means those areas of submerged aquatic vegetation identified and annually mapped by Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) during at least one of the previous five years. "Submerged aquatic vegetation" means any of a diverse assemblage of underwater plants found in the shoal areas of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's coastal bays and river tributaries, that are primarily eelgrass (Zostera marina), widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima), or may include: Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), redhead grass (Potamogeton perfoliatus), wild celery (Vallisneria americana), common elodea (Elodea canadensis), water stargrass (Heteranthera dubia), coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum), water-weed (Egeria densa), muskgrass (Najas minor), pondweeds (Potamogeton sp.), Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), and naiads (Najas sp.).

"Wetlands" means the jurisdictional areas defined as "vegetated wetlands" and "nonvegetated wetlands" in § 28.2-1300 of the Code of Virginia.

"Sand dunes and beaches" means the jurisdictional areas defined as "coastal primary sand dunes" and "beaches" in § 28.2-1400 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-103 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 35, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2019.

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