September 16, 2003
Vol. 10 No. 7

Northern Virginia Bay Act Changes Continue
EPA Calls In Reinforcements
and How to Prevent Wetlands "Accidents"

Fairfax County Considers Intensely Developed Area (IDA) Designation for Tyson's Corner
After the July 7, 2003 adoption of its Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance amendments, which significantly increased Fairfax's Resource Protection Areas (RPAs), the Board of Supervisors asked County staff to consider the implemen-
tation of Intensely Developed Areas (IDAs) in portions of Fairfax County. The IDA designation makes it more likely that encroachments in the buffer portion of the RPA can be achieved, increasing the usable area of some land parcels.

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Northern Virginia Governments Push to Change Bay Act Regulations
Fairfax County is working to refine its recently adopted ordinance by incorporating IDAs. And while Arlington, Vienna, and Prince William County are busy implementing their new ordinances, these remaining localities are still working on their revisions: Full Article

Enforcement Continues with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Involvement
Reports of EPA engaging SAIC to inspect Northern Virginia construction sites for Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits and wetlands permit compliance have been provided by targeted builder/developers. Full Article

Preventing Accidental Impacts to Wetlands
The recent increase in DEQ compliance reviews have found numerous inadvertent un-permitted impacts to wetlands and streams from: Full Article

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