Virginia CZM Program Blue Green Infrastructure Mapping and Planning Efforts

Virginia CZM Program LogoWhat is blue and green infrastructure?

Blue or green infrastructure comprises those natural features on the land (e.g. forests, wildlife habitat, wetlands, etc.) or in the water (e.g. anadromous fish use areas, oyster reefs, underwater grass beds, etc.) that are critical to maintaining ecosystem and human health and survival.

What is the Virginia CZM Program doing to protect these important resources?

The Virginia CZM Program is coordinating a Blue Green Mapping and Planning Initiative, and providing funding support for DGIF, DCR, VCU and the eight planning district commissions, to identify and map the best remaining blue and green natural features within Virginia's coastal zone. 

As part of this initiative, the Coastal Virginia Ecological Value Assessment (VEVA) (image below) was developed to provide guidance to local governments engaged in land use management and conservation planning. VEVA is a collaborative effort among several state programs to synthesize the best available natural resource information into a single geospatial product. VEVA combines scientific data and best professional judgment to rank terrestrial and aquatic areas for their ecological value. These values can be used to prioritize areas for preservation, develop strategies for special area management actions, or to build awareness about Virginia’s natural communities. 

Coastal VEVA Fact Sheet (pdf)

Coastal Virginia Ecological Value Assessment Map

Coastal VEVA is an important layer on Virginia Coastal GEMS: a gateway to Virginia’s coastal resource data and maps, coastal laws and policies, facts on coastal resource values and direct links to collaborating agencies responsible for current data; a growing inventory of water and land based natural resources, conservation planning tools, and planning examples that can help us to protect Virginia’s coastal ecosystems; and, a tool to promote community involvement and environmental education.

Please contact Shep Moon at (804) 698-4527, or Beth Polak at (804) 698-4260 for more information about Virginia CZM's blue and green infrastructure initiative and the grant projects below.

Virginia CZM Program Blue/Green Infrastructure Mapping and Planning Grant Projects

(For project details, click on the links in the table below.)

Grantee Grant Year Task Project
Accomack County 2010 12.01 Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Project
Northampton County 2010 12.02 Northampton County Blue & Green Infrastructure Protection
George Washington Regional Commission 2010 12.03 Developing a Blue-Green Infrastructure Plan for the GW Region
Northern Neck Planning District Commission 2010 12.06 Northern Neck Blue-Green Infrastructure Protection
Richmond Regional Planning District Commission/Crater Planning District Commission 2010 12.08 Central Virginia Blue and Green Infrastructure Planning: Conservation Corridors
George Washington Regional Commission 2008 12.02 Blue-Green Infrastructure Protection- Developing a Conservation Corridor Plan for the GW Region, Phase 1
  2009 12.03 Developing a Blue-Green Infrastructure Plan for the GW Region
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission 2008 97.02 Hampton Roads Conservation Corridor Update and Implementation
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission 2009 97.01 Middle Peninsula Conservation Corridors Plan
Northern Neck Planning District Commission 2008 12.05 Northern Neck Blue-Green Infrastructure Protection
  2009 12.06 Northern Neck Blue-Green Infrastructure Protection
Northern Virginia Planning District Commission 2009 97.02 Northern Virginia Conservation Corridor Planning
Northampton County 2009 12.02 Northampton County Blue & Green Infrastructure Protection
Richmond Regional Planning District Commission 2008 12.07 Central Virginia Blue-Green Infrastructure Protection
  2009 12.08 Central Virginia Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project
Virginia Commonwealth University 2008 93.01 Virginia Coastal Geospatial and Educational Mapping System (GEMS) Maintenance
  2009 93.01 Coastal GEMS Maintenance
VA Department of Conservation and Recreation 2005  92.05 Natural Landscape Assessment and Green Infrastructure - Completion and Distribution 
  2007  93.03  Virginia Biodiversity Assessment - Part II 

2008 11.01 Virginia Networked Education for Municipal Officials (VNEMO) Support for Virginia CZM Program Sustainable Community Planning Initiative
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries/Virginia Commonwealth University/Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation 2008 11.02 Assessment of Priority Green Infrastructure
Virginia Institute of Marine Science 2005  92.03  Coastal Maritime Forests in Virginia - Delineation and Distribution 
  2006  93.02  Tidal Flushing Characteristics in Virginia’s Tidal Embayments
  2007  93.04  Estuarine Blue Infrastructure: Draft Priority Conservation Areas for Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries and Back Bay 
  2007  96.01  Estuarine Blue Infrastructure: Priority Conservation Areas for the Seaside of Virginia’s Eastern Shore  
  2008  11.03  Estuarine Blue Infrastructure: Final Priority Conservation Areas for Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries and Back Bay

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For comments or questions concerning this program's web pages, contact Virginia Witmer.

This website is provided by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through a federal Coastal Zone Management Act grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.

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