AGENDA January 28, 2020


1. MINUTES of previous meeting.

2. PERMITS (Projects over $500,000.00 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).



5. PRESENTATION Presentation by the Coast Guard to present Valor Awards to VMRC staff members.


7. THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, #19-1322 Requests authorization to create oyster reefs by installing oyster castles and other similar or biodegradable structures along a 2,274 foot long section of intertidal State-owned marsh. The proposed project is located along the northwest marsh in Bradford Bay near Wachapreague Channel in Accomack County. The project requires a tidal wetlands permit.

8. VIRGINIA BEACH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, #18-1472 Requests authorization to install up to eight (8) acres of three-dimensional concrete reef structures on State-owned submerged lands within the Lynnhaven River near the mouth of Dix Creek, directly north of Five Hill Trail in the Sea Breeze Farm subdivision in Virginia Beach. The reef field will consist of 1.5 feet wide by 1.0-foot high dome shaped concrete structures, including marker piles around the perimeter. The project is protested by numerous adjacent property owners and a commercial waterman.

9. DISCUSSION: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, requests acceptance of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to protect subaqueous ecosystem restoration project sites on State-owned submerged lands within the Lynnhaven River Watershed.

10. ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, #14-1236 Requests authorization to reduce the time-of-year restriction for instream work by two (2) weeks for a pedestrian bridge crossing over Jones Creek in Isle of Wight County.

11. VICTORIA ANN BEDROSIAN BRICE, Oyster Planting Ground Application #2015-288 Requests authorization to lease approximately 180 acres within the Rappahannock River in Lancaster County. The application is protested by a number of nearby property owners


13. PUBLIC HEARING Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass," to consider the establishment of a February 2020 recreational black sea bass fishery. The proposed 2020 season extends from May 15 through December 31, but any harvest from a February fishery would lessen the number of fishing days during the May 15 through December 31 period.

14. REQUEST FOR AN EMERGENCY AMENDMENT Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-620-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Summer Flounder", to modify the landing dates, possession limits and landing limits for summer flounder commercially harvested offshore (federal waters) and landed in Virginia.

15. DISCUSSION Presentation on results from the 2019 experimental shrimp fishery.

16. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING Proposal to establish Chapter 4 VAC 20-1370-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Restricted Area at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story" to afford the Virginia Marine Police the authority to enforce Virginia law that prohibits entrance into the restricted areas that is already established in federal regulation.

17. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-995-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Commercial Hook-and-Line," to modify existing language concerning time of day restrictions.

18. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-110-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Lobsters", to establish at least one rectangular escape vent trap with a minimum size of 1-15/16 inches by 5-3/4 inches to comply with Amendment III to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Lobster.

19. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-1310-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Jonah Crab" to establish a 2.75 inch minimum claw size for claw specific harvest greater than 5 gallons to comply with the Addendum II of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab.

20. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-450-10 et seq. "Pertaining to the Taking of Bluefish", to revise the recreational possession limit for bluefish.


A. CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE, #19-1847 Requests authorization to stabilize approximately 1,750 linear feet of riverbank on the South River, to include bank grading, capping and riprap stabilization, downstream of the former DuPont Waynesboro Plant in Augusta County. The project is part of a U.S. EPA Corrective Action Permit to reduce or eliminate the erosion of legacy, mercury-impaired bank soils, and improve the aquatic and ecological habitat within the first two miles downstream of the former Plant. All in-stream work will be isolated within cofferdams and turbidity curtains to minimize downstream impacts, and vegetative and structural erosion and sediment control practices will be implemented in accordance with the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook throughout construction.

B. COLONNA SHIPYARD, #19-2091 Requests authorization to dredge a 250-foot by 105-foot dry dock basin to the maximum depth of -35 feet at mean low water by installing a 40-foot by 27-foot concrete pier extension, in order to accommodate the movement of Drydock #2 to its new location adjacent to Pier 8 along the Eastern Branch Elizabeth River, at Colonna Shipyard located at 400 E. Indian River Road in the City of Norfolk. Dredge material will be transported by barge to the Craney Island Dredge Material Management Area. Staff recommends approval with a royalty of $11,340.00 for the dredging of 25,200 cubic yards of State-owned submerged lands at a rate of $0.45 per cubic yard.


A. APPALACHIAN POWER COMPANY, #18-1305 Requests after-the-fact authorization to retain a 29-linear foot aerial telecom cable crossing of Chaney Creek, and a 16-foot aerial crossing of Chaney Creek, along Route 616 in Dickenson County. The permittee has agreed to a civil charge of $3,000.00, triple royalty of $378.00, and a triple permit fee of $300.00 in lieu of further enforcement action.


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