Tidal and nontidal wetlands; DEQ to establish work group to develop strategies to protect, report. (HB357)

Introduced By

Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Environmental Quality; protection of existing tidal and nontidal wetlands; wetland restoration and creation; work group; report. Directs the Department of Environmental Quality to establish a work group to develop (i) strategies for protecting the existing tidal and nontidal wetlands of the Commonwealth and (ii) plans for wetland restoration and creation to address losses and adverse impacts from human activities and climate change. The bill specifies that such work group shall include certain relevant stakeholders and will focus on (a) evaluating existing approaches to wetland conservation strategies in the Commonwealth and other states, (b) identifying wetlands adaption areas where tidal wetlands can persist in the landscape, and (c) exploring the circumstances in which climate can impact the wetlands' health and survival. The bill requires the work group to report its findings and recommendations to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources by December 1, 2024. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, it is anticipated that any fiscal impact on the Department of Environmental Quality and other stakeholder agencies as a result of this bill can be absorbed within existing resources. Therefore, there is no specific cost estimated for this legislation.

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Bill Has Failed


01/06/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102766D
01/06/2024Referred to Committee on Rules
01/16/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB357)
01/25/2024Assigned Rules sub: Studies Subcommittee
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2025
02/01/2024Continued to 2025 in Rules

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