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Kerr Environmental Expands Services with Wetland Studies and Solutions

Bob Kerr is pleased to announce the sale of Kerr Environmental Services to Wetland Studies and Solutions ( WSSI ) a now 185-person employee-owned firm headquartered in Northern Virginia ( ). This sale provides our clients with a deeper bench and breadth of services and our staff greater opportunity to grow professionally, while staying focused on client service, quality and value. (More information is coming via a formal press release.)

Kerr Environmental Expands Services with Wetland Studies and Solutions [PDF]


Lynnhaven River NOW Recognizes Kerr Environmental Services

Kerr is one of the first companies to be a part of the Pearl Businesses Program

Over the last year, Bob Kerr and Stephanie Jones of Kerr Environmental Services Corp have been working with Helen Kuhns of Pearl Homes and Businesses Coordinator of Lynnhaven River Now alongside seven other local companies creating the criteria and scoring process for the Pearl Business Program for the community of Virginia Beach. The inaugural program launched on July 12, 2018, at the Pearl Business Awards Breakfast held at the Brock Environmental Center.

Lynnhaven River NOW Recognizes Kerr Environmental [PDF]


Fixing Flooding with Gardens and Wetlands – A Kerr Environmental Services Design for James City County

How Virginia is Stopping Polluted Runoff with the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund

The three houses probably should never have been built on the low swampy ground in the James Terrace neighborhood in Williamsburg. Every time heavy rain fell, water filled crawl spaces, and yards flooded. At one property, the house would nearly become an island after storms. The site was developed in the 1950s, and because of poor drainage, it wouldn't pass muster for a new home today.

Fortunately, with the help of a grant from theStormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF), homeowners, a local church, and James City County were able to work together on a holistic solution. The system of rain gardens and wetlands put in place has not only reduced flooding, it's also stopped polluted runoff and beautified the neighborhood.

Source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Legal Action to Clean Up Stored Ships and Pollutants in Tributary to the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Virginia


VLWA 2016 Dave Pearson Watershed Excellence Award

The City of Virginia Beach was awarded the 2016 Dave Pearson Watershed Excellence Award from the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association for the Mill Dam Creek Stream Restoration project, Virginia Beach, VA. The award was presented to the City of Virginia Beach and Kerr Environmental Services Corp. during the 2016 Virginia Water Conference, Richmond, VA, March, 13-15, 2016. The project is located along Mill Dam Creek between Bayne Drive and First Colonial Road, east of Lynnhaven Middle School. The project is a stream restoration project that provided stream bank stabilization, created floodplain benches, improved water quality and improved drainage capacity. It was supported by a DEQ - SLAF Grant to provide Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) - Water Quality Improvements.

VLWA 2016 Dave Pearson Watershed Excellence Award [PDF]


Mr. Kerr to present at The new Clean Water Rule: Godsend or Godzilla seminar October 20th, 2015; hosted by Williams Mullen

The Clean Water Rule issued by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this past summer defines the extent of “Waters of the United States,” a term that includes wetlands. Developers and others need to understand the rule to know when impacts to streams and wetlands require a federal 404 permit. Similarly, the term “Waters of the United States” is used to define the applicability of other regulations covering such things as wastewater and stormwater management and discharges, release reporting and oil spill response plans.

This seminar will:

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Mr. Kerr interviewed in Virginia Business Magazine regarding Sea Level Rise

Mr. Kerr interviewed in Virginia Business Magazine regarding Sea Level Rise [PDF]


Northern Long-Eared Bat becomes a Federally Listed Threatened Species

Northern Long-Eared Bat becomes a Federally Listed Threatened Species. On April 2, 2015 the USFWS provided their Final Rule listing the species as Federally Threatened. In the same Rule, the USFWS published an Interim 4(d) Rule providing guidance on allowances for certain land-use and forestry activities. Kerr Environmental Services is the first consultant to successfully negotiate a wetland permit in Virginia dealing with this new protected Species. Please call (757) 963-2008 for more info.


Update for Legislative Activity in the Commonwealth Regarding Recurrent Flooding and Sea Level Rise

Update for Legislative Activity in the Commonwealth Regarding Recurrent Flooding and Sea Level Rise [PDF]


March 25, 2014 Proposed Rule altering/clarifying the limits of jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act as it relates to wetlands, tributaries, and ditches

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and USEPA have published on March 25, 2014 their 370 page proposed rule (including its preamble) altering/clarifying the limits of jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act as it relates to wetlands, tributaries, ditches. The proposed rule also clarifies issues related to the jurisdiction of farmland known as Prior Converted Cropland. The public has 90 days to comment on these proposed rules.

Clean Water Act Update [PDF]


Bob Kerr Presents for Virginia Waters 20th Annual Conference, Workshop & Trade Exposition

On September 18, 2013, Bob Kerr presented on “Sediment and Nutrient Removal Rates for Stream Restoration Projects” for the Virginia Waters Conference held in Williamsburg, VA. This event was sponsored by the International Erosion Control Association-Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Sediment & Nutrient Removal Rates for Stream Restoration Projects [PDF]


September 25, 2013 Draft Rule clarifying the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act

On September 25, 2013 the US EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers Announced publication of a Draft Rule clarifying the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act as it relates to the “connectivy of streams and wetlands to downstream waters” The Rule is currently being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget and will later be released for Public Notice and Comment. The EPA’s announcement can be found at:


Kerr Environmental Services Celebrates 10 Years

Virginia Beach, VA - August 2012

Click to view our recent announcement mailer.

It hardly seems possible that we are already celebrating our Tenth Year Anniversary! We want to thank our clients and professional associates for allowing us the opportunity to work with you. Your opportunities have (Read More)


New Virginia Stormwater Regulations Finalized

On August 29, 2011 the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board published in the Virginia Register the Final Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations. These regulations become effective on September 13, 2011, marking the end of a nearly six year process since the Board issued its original Notice of Intended Regulatory Action on November 15, 2005. The following is an abbreviated summary of the regulations. The regulations cover many topics, and unfortunately could not all be addressed below.

Schedule for Implementation at the Local Level

While the regulations become effective September 13, 2011, it will be some time before they are implemented by localities. For those localities located within Tidewater Virginia as defined by the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, they have no less than 15 months and no more than 21 months following the effective date to adopt ordinances implementing these regulations, with an allowance for an additional 12 month extension. Consequently local ordinances will likely not become effective sooner than December 2012 and would have to be effective between June 2013 and June 2014. Between now and then the DCR is establishing committees with local governments and crafting a model ordinance for consideration by localities among other activities. (Download PDF below to read more.)

Bob Kerr, Kerr Environmental Services Corp.
Full Article - New Virginia Stormwater Regulations Finalized [PDF]


Applying the River Continuum Concept to a 1st and 4th Order Stream Pairing

Curtis Hickman, Kerr Environmental Services Corp.
Our Watersheds, VLWA, May 2011 [PDF]


New Draft Rapanos Guidance from USACE/EPA

May 2, 2011

On Monday May 2, 2011 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register Draft "Guidance Regarding Identification of Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act" (see link below then see 2011/04/27 notice at top of the page), which will have the effect of re-interpreting their previous guidance as it relates to the outcome of the Rapanos Supreme Court case. Comments must be received by July 1, 2011 after which final guidance will be published and acted upon. This will then be followed by formal rulemaking (regulation), so an additional opportunity will be provided for public comment at a later date.

The agencies clearly state in their announcement in the Federal register that they believe under the proposed guidance "the number of waters identified as protected by the Clean Water Act will increase compared to current practice..." Consequently, we are reviewing this guidance closely so as to make comments that we feel are appropriate in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont physiographic provinces

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss this topic in greater detail.


Virginia Legislative Session and Regulatory Process
Productive on Numerous Fronts

Bob Kerr at Kerr Environmental Services assisted various organizations recently to secure adoption of both legislation and draft stormwater regulations in recent weeks. Mr. Kerr has been on various stormwater Regulatory Advisory Panels over the last six years, leading to the adoption of Draft stormwater regulations that were published for their 30 day public comment period on March 28, 2011. The House and Senate approved all the major elements of the Governor's Transportation Funding Plan, including $2.9 billion of bonds and about $283 million of funds for the new Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank. The State Senate did prevail in reducing the State General Fund contribution to the Transportation Fund from $150 million to approximately $33 million. Senate Bill 1206 will delete from the Code of Virginia the requirement for a VDOT Traffic Impact Statement (TIS) for all by-right development in Virginia. The measure also directs the Department of Transportation to eliminate all TIS Regulations related to by-right development by December 31, 2011. SB 1462, will require the Commonwealth Transportation Board to review and consider appropriate revisions to the VDOT Traffic Impact Statement (TIS) Regulations, and that VDOT requirements for Secondary Streets to be accepted in the state system. The reviews have to be completed by November 30, 2011, and the revisions shall be final by January 1, 2012. The Stormwater Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) concluded its work on March 9, and draft regulations were published for public comment by DCR on March 28. While the new regulations are ambitious, they are more reasonable than those that were suspended in 2009/2010 and contain a workable grandfathering clause for certain projects. In related news, SB 1099 is another important step in the creation of a Stormwater Nonpoint Nutrient Trading System. A study committee will be organized by DEQ and DCR to further develop a nonpoint source stormwater off-site nutrient trading program. It also removed current limitations on when localities may allow the use of offsets. It also specifies off-site options including all sites less than 5 acres; all sites with less than 10 pounds of phosphorus; all sites reaching 75% of required phosphorus reductions on site; and all sites demonstrating alternatives have been considered to the maximum extent practicable. SB 1055 and House Bill 1831 will prohibit the distribution and sale of established lawn fertilizer in Virginia that contains phosphorus. Once effective in 2013, the measure could reduce phosphorus pollution running off into the Chesapeake Bay from Virginia by up to 375,000 pounds per year, or nearly 40 percent of Virginia's phosphorus reduction goal for 2017. That could save localities millions of dollars by reducing their need to install and/or require expensive stormwater runoff treatment systems in their communities.


ARCADIS Secures US $43 Million Contract
for Regional Water Supply in Central Virginia

PR Newswire ~ DENVER, Feb. 28, 2011

ARCADIS (NYSE EURONEXT: ARCAD), the international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company, announced today that Malcolm Pirnie, the water division of ARCADIS, was selected by Henrico County, Va., to implement a regional water supply program in central Virginia. The $43.4 million contract is part of a $280 million endeavor that will span eight years, when reservoir filling commences.

Under the contract, ARCADIS with its partners (Schnabel Dam Engineering, Inc., Draper Aden Associates and Kerr Environmental Services Corporation) will provide permit compliance, engineering, design services and construction support for an intake and pumping station on the James River, and an accompanying dam and reservoir on nearby Cobbs Creek in Cumberland County. Malcolm Pirnie was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Cobbs Creek Regional Reservoir project, assisting the counties in establishing the regional partnership, negotiating river withdrawal conditions and obtaining all necessary permits. Malcolm Pirnie's identification of this particular reservoir site minimizes the project's impact on wetlands and cultural resources.

"This project meets the water demands of multiple stakeholders – an accomplishment that speaks to the shared vision of several counties, as well as Malcolm Pirnie's water expertise and regulatory knowledge," said Sandy Robinson, Senior Vice President of Malcolm Pirnie, the Water Division of ARCADIS U.S. "The Cobbs Creek Regional Reservoir project will ensure that a growing region in central Virginia will have access to drinking water and that the rural nature of the reservoir host community is preserved."

An innovative model for sustainable water supply solutions, the Cobbs Creek Reservoir project aims to alleviate potential drinking water shortages to 2055, while providing environmental benefits to the James River as water is released from the reservoir during low-flow conditions.

For more information, please contact Jeanna Blatt of ARCADIS at 303 471 3485 or outside office hours at 303 910 6504 or e-mail


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CBDX welcomes Curtis Hickman to the Speaker/Education/Athletic Committee

CBDA Newsletter- November 2010 Issue

CBDX Position:
Speaker/Education/Athletic Committee Chairman, Board of Directors


VLWA welcomes Curtis Hickman to the Board of Directors

Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association Newsletter ~ September 2010 Issue

The Virginia Lakes andWatersheds Board of Directors welcomes Curtis Hickman to the Board of Directors. Curtis has been appointed to the position of Associate Director for VLWA. Since graduating from Virginia Tech in 1997 with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, Curtis has worked as an environmental consultant for over 13 years with diverse experience focusing primarily on stream ecology, watershed management, and environmental permitting. He was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to assist in the development of the James City County perennial stream protocol which was recently approved for use by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Past project experience includes several large and small scale stream assessment and inventory projects of various types, wetland delineations, stream and wetland permitting, stream restoration feasibility studies, stream and wetland site searches, water quality sampling, and stream and wetland impact violation resolution, among others.

As an environmental professional working with issues related to streams and wetlands, Curtis finds the Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association (VLWA) to be the most relevant and enjoyable professional organization pertaining to the work he does every day. The yearly VLWA Conference brings together the leading professionals in their respective fields to share the work that they have done, the lessons they have learned, and the challenges they have faced. Curtis would like to help facilitate this exchange of information in the future by serving as an Associate Director.

The VLWA BOD believes that Cutis will make a great addition to the Board. Welcome aboard, Curtis!


Virginia Beach Convention Center Earns Green Distinction

Kerr Environmental Services assisted the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) with LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for stormwater issues. Kerr Environmental Services determined surfaces areas of each land cover type, completed calculations for annual stormwater mitigation, prepared a narrative describing the impact of the implemented stormwater management plan, and assisted with the development of quarterly stormwater management facility inspection forms. The VBCC is the first convention center in the country to achieve LEED® Gold.

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