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

Project Task:



Back Bay Restoration Foundation

Project Title:

Back Bay Restoration Foundation State of the Bay Conference

Project Description as Proposed:

In 2010, BBRF will host the 2010 Back Bay Forum. Presenters from local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit and private enterprises with vested interest in Back Bay will be present to educate attendees on the subject of their latest environmental initiatives.

The Project Manager assisted organizations with focus/format of presentations. Copies of which will be placed on “Back Bay Forum 2010 CDs” for all participants. A one-hour lunch break will permit attendees to visit a variety of environmental education displays throughout the meeting room and in the lobby.

Past Forums focused on historical research and studies conducted throughout the Back Bay watershed. Starting with the 2006 Back Bay Forum, the focus shifted to “Best Management Practices for the Back Bay Watershed” in an important environmental initiative to educate individuals about their role in restoring water quality.

Surveys will request comments on topics as well as suggestions for 2011 Forum.
The BBRF website,, contains a link for the Back Bay Forum as well as historical data pertaining to past forums.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Susan Wenzel, (757) 721-7666;

Project Status:

10/1/09 - 9/30/10; Project completed 

Final Product Received:

Back Bay Restoration Foundation “State of the Bay” Conference (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The Back Bay Restoration Foundation and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program co-hosted the 2010 Back Bay Forum on March 17, 2010 for 131 attendees comprised of students, home/land owners, Virginia Beach City officials, representatives from state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders at the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Topics included the following: “The President at Back Bay,” “Buy Fresh Buy Local,” “Hanging Curtains, Growing Grass and Stocking Bass,” “TMDL Implementation Plan,” “Wetland Restoration/Shoreline Management,” “City of Virginia Beach Agricultural Reserve Program,” “Waterfowl Populations in Back Bay,” “CREP Riparian Buffer Easements,” “Local Farming Practices,” and “USFWS Lake Tecumseh Weir Project.” Pertinent displays featuring area conservation/environmental non-profits including Master Naturalists, Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, Wildlife Response and others were available to attendees throughout the day. Forum agendas, signage and badges acknowledged VA CZMP support. Presentations from 10 speakers and presenters were posted to the web site.  CDs containing PowerPoint presentations of all presentations were provided to 131 attendees. Extras were distributed to interested BBRF members at subsequent meetings and at various public outreach events. Utilizing the survey summary, discussion results and other thoughtful feedback, BBRF staff and board of directors identified significant interest issues and format suggestions that will be used to improve future forums.

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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