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Virginia Coastal Program: 2009 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:



Accomack County

Project Title:

Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Project

Project Description as Proposed:

Accomack County will work with the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) to identify, evaluate, and map significant environmental resources, such as intact forests, rural landscapes, water resources, and heritage and recreational assets. The project is one of five green infrastructure pilot projects the GIC is conducting across Virginia. Jim McGowan will provide Accomack County’s project management. Karen Firehock of the GIC will lead the project, and the work of the GIC will be counted as matching funds. The Virginia CZM Program’s GIS Coordinator will help the County secure access to data layers housed in Coastal GEMS – especially those dealing with blue infrastructure. The Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will be briefed at regularly planned sessions and two public open house workshops are proposed during the project.
In FY 2009 the Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure project has the following three tasks, with each task designed to build on the previous task to develop a green infrastructure plan.

1.Blue & Green Infrastructure Protected Areas Mapping

2.Blue & Green Infrastructure Opportunity Mapping

3.Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Plan Report

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Laura McKay, (804) 698-4323;

Project Status:

10/1/2009 - 4/30/2010; Project completed

Final Product Received:

Accomack County Blue and Green Infrastructure Study Report - May 2010 (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Project Accomack County worked with the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) to produce the Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Study. The study includes Protected Areas Mapping and Opportunity Maps that were use to develop Blue & Green Infrastructure Prioritization Strategies. Project information is available at The project produced the following final products:

1. Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Protected Areas Mapping:  The Accomack County Future Land Use Map and Zoning Map were reviewed to determine what blue & green infrastructure is protected and not protected. Areas of conflict where zoning or development may impact assets and areas that could be better protected, enhanced, or restored were identified. A Protected Areas Map and an Areas In Need of Protection Map were produced that show protected Conservation Lands, Conservation Easements, Resource Protection Areas, and Accomack County’s unprotected Blue & Green Infrastructure.

2. Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Opportunity Maps:  Focus group meetings were held in February and March, 2010, to develop Opportunity Maps that highlight assets that are protected, assets that are at risk, and where to focus future attention and planning strategies. Three Opportunity Maps were produced, Future Land Use, Zoning, and Groundwater Recharge / Wellhead Protection, that show the relationship to Accomack County’s Blue & Green Infrastructure.

3. Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Study Report:  The Green Infrastructure Center staff and Accomack County staff prepared the Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Study Report, which summarizes the project and presents its key findings. The report and maps will be used to inform Accomack County’s next Comprehensive Plan update as well as other county programs such as parks and open space planning, cluster development, economic development, ecotourism, transportation planning, etc. The Accomack County Blue & Green Infrastructure Study, maps, and presentation are available 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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