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Virginia Law on a Dam Owner’s Liability After a Dam Failure

August 17, 2022

A previous article in this blog explains Virginia law regarding dams, the Virginia Dam Safety Act and its implementing regulations. This article explains the dam owner’s legal exposure when the dam fails. Read the full article.

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Fisheries Management in Virginia

July 20, 2022

Fisheries management in Virginia is imperative to protecting saltwater fisheries in our tidal waters. Read on to learn more about the agencies and resources that help ensure the conservation of our waterways. Read the full article.

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Updates on Living Shorelines – Webinar Recap

July 5, 2022

In our latest webinar, Jim Lang of the Waterfront Law Team and Vince Bowhers of Lynnhaven River NOW discuss updates on Virginia’s new living shorelines law as well as lessons learned in building living shorelines and navigating the permit process. Read the full article.

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Virginia Law and Regulation Regarding Dam Safety

June 23, 2022

Virginia is home to thousands of dams both public and private. With so many dams it should come as no surprise that clients often contact our waterfront law team with legal questions pertaining to dams. In this article we will attempt to answer Read the full article.

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What to do About Bad Actors Causing Trouble on the Water – Webinar Recap

June 21, 2022

In our latest webinar, we cover the importance of bottomland ownership, how your property lines relate to the riparian area, and how maritime law and law enforcement can help. Read the full article.

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Restore the Shore 2022 - Community Cleanup

June 20, 2022

On Saturday, June 11, Pender & Coward, along with community partners Elizabeth River Project and City of Norfolk, rallied volunteers to return to our adopted shoreline along the Elizabeth River to remove 1,200 pounds of trash and debris that Read the full article.

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Boat Marinas - Buying, Selling, or Operating

May 16, 2022

Learn about how riparian water rights and Virginia water laws affect the process of buying, selling, or owning a boat marina. Read the full article.

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Restore the Shore 2022

May 11, 2022

It is time for Restore the Shore 2022! The Waterfront Law Team of Pender & Coward is once again teaming up with the Elizabeth River Project to provide some much-needed TLC for the waterway along the Riverside Memorial Park in Norfolk. Read the full article.

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The VMRC’S First Decision on Cost Under the Living Shoreline Law

April 21, 2022

In 2020, Virginia enacted the living shoreline law which requires a living shoreline unless the "best available science" shows that a living shoreline is not suitable. Read on to learn how this new law may impact waterfront property owners. Read the full article.

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