Nice work Augusta County! The Augusta County Board of Supervisors wrote a letter on May 24, 2018, to Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality and to the State Water Control Board (and also submitted their letter to the FERC Docket for the ACP). While showing extreme concern for the crossing of the Calfpasture River, they take issue with the use of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Nationwide Permit 12 for a project of this magnitude. Nelson County Board of Supervisors, will you step up to protect Nelson waterways?
Despite the Nelson County Planning Commission’s unanimous recommendation (in June of 2016) to the Nelson County’s Board of Supervisors that they amend Nelson County’s Floodplain Ordinance to adopt crucial Higher Standards as recommended by The Federal Emergency Management Agency/National Floodplain Insurance Program, there is a distinct lack of action from the Board. Please call your Supervisor and urge them to take action! Click here for contact information for the Nelson County Board of Supervisors. If you are a resident of Nelson County and haven’t already signed our petition urging the Board to act on the amended flood plain ordinance, please take the time to do so.
The proposed amendments to the floodplain ordinance would give Nelson County the opportunity to lower floodplain insurance for its homeowners and business owners and would prohibit critical facilities, hazardous materials, and non-native fill in special flood hazard areas. Nelson County has six out of the eight “High Risk Flood Hazard Areas” defined by the American Society of Civil Engineers, including areas that are susceptible to flash flooding, mudslides, erosion, alluvial fans, ice jams, and high velocity flows, making it imperative that our Board of Supervisors take prudent action to protect Nelson County by adopting the amendments to our Floodplain Ordinance. You can read the proposed amendments in their entirety by clicking here.
In a letter to the Nelson County Board of Supervisors on March 2nd, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) informed the board that it has been granted consulting party status under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Project. As a consulting party, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors will be granted access to cultural resources survey reports for Nelson County. These cultural resource reports are filed as “Privileged and Confidential” and are not normally accessible to the public. The Board of Supervisors will likely be asked to sign confidentiality agreements with ACP to access this information, and any comments that the board files with FERC regarding this cultural resource information will also be marked confidential and will not be accessible to the public.
To read FERC’s letter to the Nelson County Board of Supervisors, you can download the document by clicking here.
Nelson County residents and property owners: Please sign this petition (We are asking that ONLY Nelson County residents and property owners sign.)
The petition asks the Board of Supervisors to approve the proposed amendments to our Floodplain Ordinance that will be coming before them shortly, and asks the Supervisors to invite the Department of Conservation & Recreation to come to Nelson County to give a public flood plain workshop.
The Planning Commission spent several months fine-tuning the proposed amendments, and unanimously approved their recommendation to the Supervisors.
Click here to read the proposed amendments (as approved after the public hearing on June 22, 2016).
Among other benefits, these amendments would:
- give Nelson County the opportunity to lower floodplain insurance for its homeowners and business owners
- prohibit critical facilities, hazardous materials & non-native fill in special flood hazard areas
Hurricane Camille left a permanent mark on our county, a mark that exists both on the land itself and in the hearts of its residents. On top of this history, Nelson has 6 out of the 8 “High Risk Flood Hazard Areas” defined by the American Society of Civil Engineers, including flash flooding, mudslides, erosion, alluvial fans, ice jams, and high velocity flows, making it even more imperative that our Board of Supervisors take prudent action to protect Nelson by adopting the amendments to our Floodplain Ordinance.
Please sign and ask your friends, family, and neighbors to sign.
- Update our floodplain ordinance with Higher Standards so that Nelson is eligible for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System — providing for greater safety, discounts on flood insurance premiums, and protection from liability.
- Specifically define and prohibit Critical Facilities & Hazardous Materials within our floodplains. Higher Standards in the ordinance must include a definition of Critical Facilities that includes hospitals, nursing homes, emergency operations centers, public and private utility facilities that are vital to maintaining normal services, and structures or facilities that produce, use, transport or store highly volatile, flammable, explosive, toxic &/or water-reactive materials.