RD43 - Stakeholder Advisory Group: Study of Tree Canopy as a Land Cover Type and Stormwater Best Management Practice – December 2021

Executive Summary:

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has prepared this report pursuant to Chapter 405 of the 2020 Virginia Acts of Assembly (House Bill [HB] 520). This legislation directed DEQ to convene a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) “for the purpose of studying the planting or preservation of trees as an urban land cover type and as a stormwater best management practice (BMP)." DEQ selected members of the SAG as prescribed by Chapter 405 of the 2020 Virginia Acts of Assembly. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the SAG’s meetings were delayed until the fall of 2021. The SAG met twice during the fall of 2021 and reached several consensus recommendations described in the report below.