Virginia county probing whether Trump golf club violated floodplain ordinances: report

Local officials in Virginia are checking whether county ordinances have been violated after trees and shrubs, reportedly from the Trump National Golf Course, were found in the Potomac River, The Washington Post reported Friday. 

The trees were discovered last week by Steven McKone, director of the Calleva River School, according to Post, and now Loudoun County is working to determine whether floodplain laws were violated, the newspaper reported, citing an official.


The Post reported that the Potomac Riverkeeper Network went on a jetboat to the Trump property and saw about a dozen stumps, as well as trunks lying along the shoreline.

"County staff has visited the site to evaluate the situation," a Loudoun County spokeswoman told The Hill in an email. "Based on the initial observation, there appears to be an issue with a number of trees removed from the flood plain, which would require a permit prior to any operation, based on the floodplain requirements...of the Loudoun CountyZoning Ordinance."

She said that the county is working to determine whether a violation occurred, and if there was a violation, the county will likely settle on a course of action early next week. 

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.  

Trees in the water can be dangerous because boats can get pulled into tree branches, leaving boaters underwater. Trees along rivers can also help prevent erosion and preserve water quality. 

—Updated at 2:33 p.m.