Info session Nov. 7 for shoreline property owners

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Nov 06, 2013 - 10:45 AM

The Gloucester County Environmental Programs Department will hold an information session regarding wetlands from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Gloucester Library, Main Street Center.

Environmental programs administrator Scott Rae said the session is targeted to shoreline property owners. Several speakers will provide information regarding property improvements along Gloucester’s tidally-situated rivers, creeks and marshes.

Alicia Riley and Keith Goodwin of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will address pier permitting relative to navigational channels and lighting, Rae said. Chip Neikirk of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission will talk about the permitting of piers relative to cumulative area of "L" and "T" heads as well as boathouse criteria.

Rae said members of his staff will speak about the permitting process, and the joint permit applications, including inspector Ron Owens and permit technician Linda Walthall

The idea for the program came from the Army Corps, Rae said, as Riley approached his department about a forum for the consulting and contracting industry. The Corps, Rae said, has placed a continued emphasis on informing applicants of the opportunity to have a pre-application visit prior to designing a project or submitting an application.

Property owners or other wetlands applicants may not routinely be familiar with the extent of wetlands on properties, Rae said. Wetlands are characterized by vegetation, soils and characteristics of water presence.