Beneficial use projects that utilize dredged material will involve several steps: dredging operations, storage of the dredged material, and placement of the dredged material for shoreline resiliency or restoration purposes. Each of these steps implicate different state permitting programs and regulations. Determining which permit programs are applicable will depend on the activity’s impact on the surrounding environment, based on factors such as water quality, and land erosion and degradation. This paper will focus primarily on three questions:
Which Virginia permitting programs may apply to the storage of dredged material on an upland site?
Which Virginia permitting programs may apply to the placement of dredged material along a shoreline or other waterway as part of a resiliency or restoration project?
Can any of the identified permitting programs be expedited to make dredged material beneficial use projects more efficient and effective?
This abstract has been taken from Section II of the report.
Becker, Samantha and Brauer, Sashenka, "Beneficial Use of Dredged Material: Role of State Permitting Programs and Regulations" (2019). Virginia Coastal Policy Center. 56.
This research paper is a companion to another paper, "Dredged Material Ownership: Rights and Reuse" (VCPC, Spring 2019), addressing regulatory frameworks and permitting challenges for projects involving the beneficial use of dredged material.