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Virginia CZM Program 2008 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Project Title:

Shoreline Management - Draft Management Plan MOA and Guidance Document for Local Governments

Project Description as Proposed:

Management plans have been developed by the Shoreline Studies Program for many Chesapeake Bay estuarine shorelines.  In particular, a Shoreline Management Plan is in the final stages of development for Occohannock Creek on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  It is the intent of this proposal to present the particular management strategies employed in this plan for review to interested agencies.  VIMS will assist VA CZM in developing appropriate language in support of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with these interested agencies with the ultimate goal of having them support in principle the management strategies and recommendations made for the Occohannock shoreline.  Possible agencies will include USACE, VMRC, DEQ, CBLAD, and local wetlands boards.  This is to develop a consensus on what types of structures/management strategies would likely be permitted by their agency.  The Virginia CZM Program would facilitate this process.


The science that drives the Shoreline Management Plans and concepts such as integrated coastal management is multifarious.  Local governments may be unaware of shoreline management options or ill prepared to integrate the information into local comprehensive planning as the amount of data and resources available can be overwhelming.  Another objective of this proposal is to synthesize the many elements needed to develop a shoreline management plan which will provide local governments with an educational resource and reference material that will focus on the various elements and components of a shoreline management plan and how this plan integrates into the larger local government comprehensive planning process.  The synthesis guidance document will include both basic science of shoreline processes like erosion, sea level rise, and the benefits of maintaining vegetative buffers as they apply to shoreline management plans as well as resources available.  


As an additional effort, a PowerPoint presentation of the guidance document will be developed in order to most effectively inform local governments and managers.  This will include presentations at various Board of Supervisors or Wetlands Board meetings which will be identified in the course of the grant.  At this time it is difficult to identify how many localities will be visited, but a minimum of four localities will be visited and as many more as time and budget allow.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Donna Milligan, 804.684.7596;

Project Status:

10/1/08 - 9/30/09; Project Closed

Final Product Received:


Project Summary Provided by Grantee:


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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