Col. Patrick Kinsman, the commander of the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, approved the reissuance and modification of six regional general permits on September 18, and authorized their use for the next five years.
Col. Kinsman signed the modified permits, which streamline the authorization of projects that have minimal impact on the aquatic environment, and allow development to move forward efficiently while still providing essential protection for the nation’s aquatic resources.
Commonly referred to as RGPs, the permits satisfy the requirements of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, and cover activities such as shoreline stabilization, pier and dock construction, minor impoundments and aquaculture facilities.
The reissued and modified permits are:
- Regional Permit 02 (RP-02) for new and maintenance dredging for certain navigation-related dredging projects;
- Regional Permit 15 (RP-15) for activities associated with the maintenance of existing drainage ditches originally constructed in and previously authorized in navigable waters and waters of the U.S.;
- Regional Permit 17 (RP-17) for the installation and/or construction of open-pile piers, mooring structures/devices, fender piles, covered boathouses/boat slips, boatlifts, osprey pilings/platforms, accessory pier structures, and certain devices associated with shellfish gardening, for private use. Self-verification only;
- Regional Permit 18 (RP-18) the installation and/or construction of open-pile piers, mooring structures/devices, fender piles, covered boathouses/boat slips, boatlifts, osprey pilings/platforms, accessory pier structures, and certain devices associated with shellfish gardening, for private, commercial, community, and government use. Written verification required from the Corps;
- Regional Permit 19 (RP-19) for living shorelines, riprap revetments, bulkheads, breakwaters, groins, jetties, spurs, baffles, aquaculture activities and boat ramps;
- Regional Permit 22 (RP-22) for construction of piers, boat docks, boat ramps, and boathouses, excavation of boat slips and channels, construction and backfilling of bulkheads and placement of riprap for shoreline stabilization, and installation of submerged utility and aerial transmission lines in the Virginia Portion of Lake Gaston.