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Virginia Coastal Program: 2007 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:



Environmental Law Institute

Project Title:

Program Implementation: Program Changes

Project Description as Proposed:

The Virginia CZM Program was fully approved by NOAA in 1986. Since program approval, 13 Routine Program Updates have been submitted and approved by NOAA in an effort to keep the core regulatory authorities of the Virginia CZM Program up to date. The Program’s Coastal Policy Team recently identified priorities for program changes that will be addressed in FY 2006 and 2007. For FY 2007 the Coastal Policy Team and CZM staff are asking the Environmental Law Institute to draft program change submissions addressing:

1. Fisheries Statutes

2. Nonpoint Source Pollution (Erosion and Sediment Control) Statutes and Regulations

3. Air Pollution Control Statutes and Regulations

ELI will identify and explain the enforceable mechanisms in the statutes and regulations that will be included in the program change submissions. ELI will prepare the submission in a format and content suitable to NOAA, in conformance with OCRM Program Change Guidance and Regulations at 15 CFR 923 by requesting feedback from NOAA throughout the project period. However, ELI is not acting as legal counsel to the Commonwealth.

During this process, ELI will consult regularly with the Virginia CZM Program and NOAA to ensure that the process is on track and that the submissions will be suitable to both the Virginia CZM Program and NOAA.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

James McElfish, (202) 939-3840;

Project Status:

10/1/07 - 9/30/08; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Virginia Offshore Energy Development Law and Policy Review and Recommendations (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The Environmental Law Institute conducted interviews and reviewed environmental impact statements, technical literature, and other materials to identify the likely impacts of offshore energy development. This work enables Virginia citizens, managers, policymakers and others to identify and anticipate issues that may arise in connection with various forms of offshore energy development that may occur or be proposed over the next several years. The impacts summarized include those associated with wind energy, wave energy, and oil & gas extraction - and address each phase of the process. The results are presented as chapter two of a publication entitled "Virginia Offshore Energy Development - Law and Policy Review and Recommendations" for the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program. The publication will be available both on the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Website and at

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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