Virginia Coastal Partners Workshop bannerAgenda

Exploring the Multiple Benefits of Coastal Conservation

November 14 & 15

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, 3rd Floor
1111 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia  23219

 Please join us for a workshop for Virginia coastal partners and all those who help manage and protect Virginia’s coastal resources. 


AGENDA (Draft)

Wednesday, November 14

9:00   Coffee & Network

10:00   Welcome & Tribal Invocation
Chief Stephen Adkins, Chief, Chickahominy Tribe

Opening Remarks: Multiple Benefits of Coastal Conservation
Keelin Kuipers, Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management/NOAA

Goals of the Workshop
Laura McKay, Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

10:30   Economic Benefits of Conserved Land: Recent Analyses
On Virginia’s Eastern Shore concerns arose that conserved lands were hindering economic development. This session will examine the results of a Virginia CZM funded study by George Mason University on the economic impacts of both conservation easements and fee simple conservation acquisitions for two Eastern Shore counties. The Nature Conservancy’s work on calculating the economic value of conserved lands in reducing costs of climate impacts will also be examined.    

Moderator: Laura McKay, Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Presenters:

  • Fiscal and Socioeconomic Analysis of Conserved Land on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and in the Lower Chickahominy
    Dr. Dean Bellas, Urban Analytics
  • Economic Valuation of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating Coastal Hazards
    Dr. Michael Beck, Lead Marine Scientist, The Nature Conservancy (skyping in from Texas)

Discussion/Q&A Panel/Next Steps

12:00   Lunch   (Lunch is not provided and only 1 hour is allocated. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or pre-order and pre-pay for lunch; – download instructions to order lunch - www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/CoastalZoneManagement/2018%20Virginia%20Coastal%
20Partners%20Workshop%20-%20Lunch%20Instructions.pdf?ver=2018-10-03-173811-297
))

12:40   Opportunities for Funding Habitat Restoration Projects Addressing Water Quality
Chris Burkett, Assistant Federal Aid Coordinator, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

1:00   Ecotourism Benefits of Conserved Land & Coastal Waters: Connecting Trails and Improving Interpretive Signage
Ecotourism is often regarded as a way to generate local revenues - especially in rural areas. Learn how the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach and Virginia CZM staff are working together on multi-year CZM grants to capitalize on our unique coastal assets and maximize the impact of ecotourism.

Moderator: Staci Martin, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Presenters:

  • Promoting Ecotourism in Rural Virginia: Connecting Land & Water Trails
    Shannon Alexander, Coastal Planner, Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Panel Discussion/Q&A
Shannon Alexander, Coastal Planner, Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission
Lewis Lawrence, Director, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission
Lisa Hull, Tourism Coordinator, Northern Neck Planning District Commission and Sherri Smith, Director, Virginia Oyster Trail

  • Improving Ecotourism Signage at Virginia CZM Program Funded Sites
    Laura McKay and Beth Polak, Virginia CZM Program
  • Signage on Eastern Shore and Virginia Beach
    Alex Wilke, The Nature Conservancy and Mark Swingle, Virginia Aquarium

Discussion/Q&A/Next Steps

2:15   Ocean Issues:  Data, Offshore Energy and Marine Debris

Although the 2010 National Ocean Policy Executive Order has been replaced with a new EO, work will continue in the Mid-Atlantic under the auspices of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO). This session will address current ocean collaboration efforts, continued development of MARCO’s Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project and recent efforts to reduce marine debris.

Moderator: Laura McKay, Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Presenters:

  • The New Oceans Executive Order: Impacts for the Mid-Atlantic
    Kaity Goldsmith, Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean
  • MARCO’s Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal – a Tour
    Chris Bruce, The Nature Conservancy
  • Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project – First in Federal Waters
    Scott Lawton, Environmental Technical Advisor, Dominion Energy
  • Tackling Marine Debris in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic
    Katie Register, Director Clean Virginia Waterways

Discussion/Q&A/Next Steps

3:30   Break

3:45   Strengthening Federal Consistency with Virginia’s Coastal Policies
Virginia’s federal consistency program is evolving with the drafting of new narrative enforceable policies and consideration of offshore fisheries issues.This session will describe our current program as well as efforts currently underway to strengthen it.

Moderator: Shep Moon, Coastal Planner, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Presenters:

  • Federal Consistency as a Coastal Resource Management Tool
    Bettina Rayfield, EIR Program Manager, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • The Virginia CZM Program’s New and Improved, Narrative Enforceable Policies
    Elizabeth Andrews, Director, Coastal Policy Center, College of William & Mary
  • Developing a “Geographic Location Description” to Protect Offshore Fisheries
    Bettina Rayfield, EIR Program Manager, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
    Todd Janeski, Ocean Stakeholder Coordinator for Virginia CZM Program, Virginia Commonwealth University

Discussion/Q&A/Next Steps

5:00   Adjourn


Thursday, November 15

8:30   Coffee & Network

9:00   Shellfish Production Benefits of Conserved Land:  Restoring Coastal Habitats, Promoting Aquaculture and Minimizing Use Conflicts
Without clean water Virginia’s shellfish aquaculture industry could not thrive. Conserved lands, especially along our coasts play a major role in protecting water quality. This session will examine successes in eelgrass, bay scallop and oyster restoration and delve into the conflicts that can arise as shellfish aquaculture expands.

Moderator: Tony Watkinson, Chief, Habitat Management Division, Marine Resources Commission

Presenters:

  • Eelgrass and Bay Scallop Restoration Successes on Seaside Eastern Shore
    Dr. Robert Orth, Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Restoring Natural Oyster Reefs in the Lynnhaven and Piankatank
    Andrew Larkin, Senior Program Analyst, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office; Todd Janeski, Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program
  • Analysis of Current Oyster Industry and Future Needs
    Dr. Jim Wesson, Contractor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • The Governor’s Oyster Aquaculture Work Group
    Ann Jennings, Deputy Secretary Natural Resources

Discussion/ Q&A/Next Steps

10:30   Break

10:45   Cultural Benefits of Conserved Land – Engaging Tribes and Local Governments in Stimulating a Nature-Based Economy for the Lower Chickahominy Watershed
Highlighting cultural aspects of regional land-use planning.This session takes a deeper look at the tribal elements of land conservation and how CZM projects will assist Coastal Virginia in finding answers to new questions surrounding federal tribal recognition. Discussion, and Q&A will occur after each speaker.

Moderator: Beth Polak, Coastal Planner, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Presenters:

  • Leveraging Land Conservation Benefits of the Lower Chickahominy
    Sarah Stewart, Senior Planner, Richmond Regional PDC
  • History of Coastal Virginia Tribes and Benefits of Conserved Land to Tribal Living
    Chief Stephen Adkins and Assistant Chief Wayne Adkins, Chickahominy Tribe
  • Exploring the Environmental Policy Implications of Federal Recognition for Virginia Tribes
    Angela King, Assistant Director, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, College of William & Mary
    Lauren Acker, Practicum II Student, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, College of William & Mary
    Laura Wilkes-D’Amato, Practicum II Student, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, College of William & Mary

12:00   Lunch  (Lunch is not provided and only 1 hour is allocated. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or pre-order and pre-pay for lunch – download instructions to order lunch - www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/CoastalZoneManagement/2018%20Virginia%20Coastal%20Partners%20Workshop%20-%20Lunch%20Instructions.pdf?ver=2018-10-03-173811-297

1:00   Habitat Benefits of Conserved Lands: The Value of Native Plant Use on State Owned and Other Large Land Holdings
Virginia is promoting native plant use to sustain biodiversity on all properties, large, small, public and private.  From home gardeners to industrial sites, we can all make a significant contribution by using native plants to provide a welcoming environment for wildlife and people.  This session will focus on entities leading by example and supporting policies to increase both native plant use and one of the largest barriers to increased use - availability.

Moderator
: Virginia Witmer, Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Presenters/Panelists:

  • Restoring Native Vegetation on State Owned and Managed Properties
    Dot Field, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; Carol Heiser, Virginia Department of Game and Island Fisheries (panelist)
  • Recognizing the Value of Native Plants in Local Ordinances and Planning
    Corey Miles, Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
  • Availability of Natives in Virginia’s Plant Industry 
    Brent Hunsinger, Vice-President, Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Planting for Pollinators on Solar Facilities: An Opportunity for Growth Takes Flight
    Sharon Baxter, Director, Environmental Enhancement Division, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; Beth Major, Renewable Energy Program, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (panelist)
  • Chris Burkett, Assistant Federal Aid Coordinator, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (panelist: key points from Nov 14 presentation “Opportunities for Funding Habitat Restoration Projects Addressing Water Quality”)

2:15   Break

2:30    Multiple Benefits of Planning for Climate Resiliency
Virginia faces a number of challenges as it strives to become more resilient in the face of a changing climate.This session will highlight initiatives and opportunities to build both natural and community resilience in ways that also address other important coastal resource management issues.

Moderator: Shep Moon, Coastal Planner, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Presenters:

  • Governor Northam’s Climate Resilience Initiatives
    Josh Saks, Deputy Secretary Natural Resources 
  • The Community Rating System and Identifying Resilience Project Opportunities
    Mary-Carson Stiff, Director of Policy, Wetlands Watch
  • Hazards Planning and FEMA Funding Opportunities
    Debbie Messmer, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • Marsh Resilience: Marsh Migration and Marsh Building
    Molly Mitchell, Marine Scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for Resilience
    Lewis Lawrence, Director, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Discussion/ Q&A/Next Steps

4:00   Multiple Benefits of Watershed Implementation Plans
Virginia is in the process of developing Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans, including detailed pollutant reduction strategies.  This session will provide a panel discussion of the potential multiple coastal resource benefits of these strategies and explore opportunities for coordination with Virginia CZM Program priorities and initiatives.

Moderator: Joan Salvati, Local Government Assistance Program Manager, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Panelists (TBD):

  • Coastal Planning District Commission representatives
  • State TMDL / WIP representatives

Discussion/Q&A/Next Steps

5:00   Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

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