Virginia CZM Program Goals

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The Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program was established through Executive Order in 1986.  An Executive Order is issued by each new governor to continue the program; it outlines the administration of the program and maps out the responsibilities and mission of the program in a series of goals and objectives. 

As stated in Executive Order Number No. 18 (2010), signed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell in June 2010, the goals of Virginia's CZM Program are as follows (Click on the 'Go to Highlights link for a summary of accomplishments the Virginia CZM Program has made towards these goals):

Policy Goals

State agencies having responsibility for the Commonwealth's coastal resources shall promote the Coastal Zone Management Program consistent with the following goals:

Coastal Resource Protection

Goal 1: To protect and restore coastal resources, habitats, and species of the Commonwealth. These include, but are not limited to, wetlands, subaqueous lands and vegetation, beaches, sand dune systems, barrier islands, underwater or maritime cultural resources, riparian forested buffers, and endangered or threatened species.

Goal 2: To restore and maintain the quality of all coastal waters for human and ecosystem health through protection from adverse effects of excess nutrients, toxics, pathogens, and sedimentation.

Goal 3: To protect air quality.

Goal 4: To reduce or prevent losses of coastal habitat, life, and property caused by shoreline erosion, storms, relative sea level rise, and other coastal hazards in a manner that balances environmental and economic considerations.

Coastal Resource Sustainable Use

Goal 5: To provide for sustainable wild fisheries and aquaculture.

Goal 6: To promote sustainable ecotourism and to increase and improve public access to coastal waters and shorefront lands compatible with resource protection goals.

Goal 7: To promote renewable energy production and provide for appropriate extraction of energy and mineral resources consistent with proper environmental practices.

Coastal Management Coordination

Goal 8: To ensure sustainable development on coastal lands and support access for water-dependent development through effective coordination of governmental planning processes.

Goal 9: To avoid and minimize coastal and ocean resource use conflicts through research, planning, and a forum for coordination and facilitation among local, regional, state and federal government agencies, interest groups, and citizens.

Goal 10: To promote informed decision-making by maximizing the availability of up-to-date educational information, technical advice, and scientific data including the use of new tools such as marine spatial planning.


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This web site 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.

In Virginia, funding under the federal Coastal Zone management Act has made it possible for the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program to make significant contributions toward its goals.  With ongoing support, the program will continue to:

restore habitats, such as riparian buffers, SAV beds and oyster reefs, along the coast and in coastal waters;

promote 'Living Shorelines,' an innovative approach to controlling shoreline erosion while enhancing habitats and water quality;

monitor water quality to support river and bay assessments; increase understanding of the aquatic environment; and, ensure tax dollars are well spent.

educate and engage citizens in behaviors that enhance and protect coastal resources, and; provide training and tools to support decision-makers in protecting coastal water quality and resources.

Read more about these accomplishments... 

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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
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