Thursday, February 2, 2012

Virginia General Assembly - #HB1281 - ALERT: PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS FROM: Virginia Water Protection Permit Legislation

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT WE NEED TO DEFEAT. PLEASE CALL (preferred) or WRITE NOW. ALERT FROM JATP: Please call or write the Delegates below to voice opposition to HB 1281. This bill is on the docket for the Chesapeake subcommittee (Thursday) afternoon -- and we need to kill it right there! This is a very dangerous bill for Private Property Rights. Please look at entire bill here....... Specifically Section 62.1-44.15:21 - Impacts to Wetlands, Section D -#5 and Section E - D. 'Section D - The Board shall develop general permits for such activities in wetlands and surface waters as it deems appropriate. General permits shall include such terms and conditions as the Board deems necessary to protect state waters and fish and wildlife resources from significant impairment. The Board is authorized to waive the requirement for a general permit or deem an activity in compliance with a general permit when it determines that an isolated wetland is of minimal ecological value. The Board shall develop general permits for: Number 5 - Impacts to wetlands caused by activities governed under Chapter 13 (§ 28.2-1300 et seq.) of Title 28.2; normal agricultural activities; normal silvicultural activities; normal residential gardening, lawn, and landscape maintenance; or other similar activities that are incidental to an occupant's ongoing residential use of property and of minimal ecological impact, and discharges from septic tanks authorized by Virginia Department of Health permits. Such general permits shall be permits by rule automatically authorizing these activities. This bill is on the docket for Thursday, Feb. 2nd in the Chesapeake subcommittee. (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+sub+H010030202)
Contact these delegates today!
To Call Delegates (PREFERRED, if you can) : YOU CAN LEAVE A RECORDED MESSAGE IF YOU NEED TO CALL AFTER BUSINESS HOURS
Delegate Edward T. Scott (804) 698-1030 DelEScott@house.virginia.gov
Delegate R. Lee Ware, Jr. (804) 698-1065 DelLWare@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Brenda L. Pogge (804) 698-1096 DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Michael J. Webert (804) 698-1018 DelMWebert@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Margaret B. Ransone (804) 698-1099 DelMRansone@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr. (804) 698-1000 DelLLewis@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Luke E. Torian (804) 698-1052 DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov
The original language was wetland. The new language includes expansion to control of surface water. The new language also includes ...activities that “alter or degrade existing stream function.”

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