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Virginia CZM Program 2009 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Project Title:

Shoreline Inventory Reports for Tidewater Localities Phase 3-Fairfax and Prince William Counties

Project Description as Proposed:

The Shoreline Inventory Reports, formerly known as Shoreline Situation Reports, are an important resource for local and state planners and regulators of Tidewater Virginia. The data collected enhances their ability to make decisions regarding coastal construction, land use planning, and implementation of environmental legislation. The data collected for the inventory supports the development of a number of essential management tools including spatial models and shoreline management plans.

The proposed project will collect and process data for the counties of Fairfax and Prince William, Virginia. The last shoreline situation reports for these counties were published in 1979 and 1976, respectively. As the Northern Virginia area moves towards strategies for addressing climate change impacts at the shore, up-to-date data on shoreline condition will be essential. VIMS staff will coordinate with staff from the Northern Virginia Regional Council to ensure that they are aware of the Inventory work and that data collected helps meet the needs of their Virginia CZM Climate Change Adaptation initiative.

Quality assurance checks and measures will be implemented at designated phases of the processing. A complete county-based shoreline inventory will be developed. These data will follow formats consistent with previous collections and be posted to the VIMS Center for Coastal Resources Management’s website entitled Chesapeake Bay Shoreline Inventory. At this site:, maps, tables, summary report of methods, metadata, and GIS data, posted by county name, will be added to a growing number of completed shoreline inventories for Virginia localities. GIS data will also be made available on CD to VA CZMP for inclusion in Coastal GEMS.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Marcia Berman, 804.684.7188;

Project Status:

10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010; Project completed

Final Product Received:

Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria, Virginia Shoreline Inventory Report Methods and Guidelines (pdf)

Prince William county, Virginia Shoreline Inventory Report Methods and Guidelines (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This project produced two new Shoreline Inventory Reports to expand the growing inventory of shoreline conditions along the tidal shoreline in Virginia. This year, money through the Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) funded the completion of the Prince William County Shoreline Inventory Report, and Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria Shoreline Inventory Report. Collectively, the assessment characterized more than 158 miles of shoreline; nearly 60 miles in Prince William County and 99 in Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria. 

This Inventory was developed using GPS and GIS capabilities. Products are electronic in nature and no hard copy deliverables are submitted. A website has been created to serve the expanding inventories developed by the Center for Coastal Resources Management for the Chesapeake Bay Region: Each locality has an independent website accessible by clicking on the jurisdiction’s name.   Links to maps, summary tables, reports and GIS data are all made available for public dissemination and use. Where available, historic reports may also be found.  
To the funding agency, two cds that include all digital files and electronic reports have been delivered. Another set is available to the locality and Planning District Commission. The GIS data is compatible with formats used in CZMPs Coastal GEMS online map application.
The Shoreline Inventory Report Series provides critical information for documenting conditions along tidal shoreline and tracking trends in management decisions. The data are also important for evaluating best management practices and providing guidance for responsible shoreline management planning at the local level.

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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