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Virginia CZM Program 2005 Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

FY2005 Task 9.01


Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Project Title:

Seaside Heritage Program - Year 4 Coordination and Draft Management Plan

Project Description as Proposed:

The focus of Year 4 will be continuation of all tasks. The Coastal Program’s Coastal Specialist will ensure that all available data layers for the seaside are on the DEQ/Coastal Program Internet Mapping System website. Coastal Staff will continue to promote the need for restoration funds for the seaside through news articles, field days, etc. Conflict issues between aquaculture, shorebird habitat and other uses, will be addressed through the development of draft management recommendations and best management practices for state and federal agencies and the two local governments. Oyster, scallop, seagrass, wetlands and bird habitat restoration will continue and plans for future restoration needs and funding requirements will be determined. Ecotourism improvements will continue through the enhancement of existing public access sites. The Virginia Coastal Program will also work with Seaside Program partners to develop a Draft Management Plan for the seaside of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Laura McKay, 804.698.4323;

Project Status:

Project Completed

Final Product Received:

DRAFT - Virginia Eastern Shore Seaside Management Plan (PDF)

DRAFT - Virginia Eastern Shore Seaside
Avian Partnership Management Plan (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The Seaside of Virginia's Eastern Shore is a unique treasure. Recognizing that development and other natural and human forces threaten this valuable area, the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCZMP) initiated the Virginia Seaside Heritage Program (VSHP), a Partnership consisting of localities, state and federal agencies, private partners, and academics. The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), University of Virginia, assisted the Partnership in creating a working Seaside Plan to identify goals, priorities, and actions that will enact the following Partnership vision: The Virginia Seaside will be a healthy, functional and well-managed ecosystem whose unique natural resources sustain cultural, historic, and economic activities that are vital to Virginia's Eastern Shore communities.

The Seaside Plan serves a number of purposes, foremost of which are to establish priorities for continued action, provide support for management decisions, and attract funding and other support for the Plan's goals and actions. Goals were organized under three categories with several goals under each category.

  • Natural Resources Management: link habitat and species management; prevent further degradation and loss of habitat; support development of an effective natural resource education strategy; protect and augment nesting and foraging habitat by encouraging natural barrier island processes; eradicate the most harmful invasive species.
  • Water and Land Use Management: Maintain a functioning Seaside ecosystem that supports viable fisheries and other economically important resources as well as cultural and recreational activities; maintain sufficient water quality to sustain habitat that supports target species; promote existing land conservation programs that protect natural resources, habitats, and the species that depend on them.
  • Sustainable Economic Development: Determine short and long-term costs and benefits of existing and potential economic activities on the Eastern Shore for natural resource-dependent industries; enhance viable and sustainable ecotourism industries and resource-based recreation; enhance viable and sustainable agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture; create a Seaside identity as a valued and accessible research region; increase skilled local workforce to enhance sustainable industries

The project proposal included six main deliverables: telephone interviews with Partners, telephone interviews and/or written survey of external stakeholders, a Partners retreat, development of the draft Plan, a public forum concerning the draft Plan, and delivery of the final Plan. Under direction from the CZMP, IEN modified the proposal to help develop a draft Avian Plan that served both as a stand-alone document, but which also was integrated into the Seaside Plan. Thus instead of a single retreat, IEN facilitated three retreats, and instead of a single Plan, IEN developed both the Seaside Plan and an extra Avian Plan. IEN did not conduct the survey of external stakeholders, and the public forum was a smaller presentation involving approximately 40 individuals at the Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences.

The final working plans are available for review on the web at The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program will continue to assist with implementation of the Plan and provide a dedicated source of funding for assessment and revision.

Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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