Virginia CZM Program 2010 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

96.03

Grantee:

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Project Title:

Seaside Special Area Management Plan: Synthesis and Evaluation

Project Description as Proposed:

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Eastern Shore Laboratory (ESL) in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC),  the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC), the VIMS Center for Coastal Resource Management , the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), the Eastern Shorekeeper, aquaculture interests, the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (VCZM) and other SAMP Project Team members has worked for the past two years to (1)  map, analyze, and interpret the current status and trends in the uses associated with state-owned and other habitats in the seaside bays of Virginia’s Eastern Shore and (2) re-evaluate these uses in light of current and projected conditions.  The recent passage by the Virginia General Assembly of Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) No. 330 establishes a Study Panel to make specific recommendations to the Virginia Governor and General Assembly on improved approaches towards managing the use of publicly-owned subaqueous bottom on the seaside of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  This study panel provides an excellent vehicle for results from our two previous years of work under the Special Area Management Program, and the previous four years (2002-2007) of work under the Seaside Heritage Program, to influence public policy for managing these critically important coastal habitats.

 The role of the VIMS-ESL in this collaborative project will be to provide synthesis of previously collected data, assist in the preparation of presentations for public outreach, and communicate findings and recommendations between the SAMP team and the SJR 330 Study Panel.  Specific tasks to be performed by this component of the team include:

1) Participate as part of a team that is synthesizing the results from our previous SAMP, preparing a presentation package for the local outreach efforts, and taking place in local stakeholder involvement meetings.

2) Serve as a liaison between the SAMP team and the SJR 330 Study Panel.

3) Participate in the preparation of the final document summarizing stakeholder inputs on alternative management options for subaqueous bottomland on the seaside.

4) Participate in the preparation of the final report to NOAA that includes summary and synthesis of subaqueous bottom uses, stakeholder inputs and alternative management recommendations.

Federal Funding:

$21,043 

Project Contact:

Mark Luckenbach, 757.787.5816; luck@vims.edu 

Project Status:

6/1/11 - 12/31/11; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Developing an Alternative Management Approach for Subaqueous Bottomlands on the Seaside of the Eastern Shore PowerPoint (PDF)
Seaside SAMP VIMS Senate Joint Resolution 330 Final Report (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Eastern Shore Laboratory (ESL) in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC),  the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC), the VIMS Center for Coastal Resource Management, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), the Eastern ShoreKeeper, aquaculture interests, the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (VCZM) and other SAMP Project Team members collaborated to (1)  map, analyze, and interpret the current status and trends in the uses associated with subaqueous marine bottom habitats in the seaside bays of Virginia’s Eastern Shore and (2) re-evaluate these uses in light of current and projected conditions.

The role of the VIMS-ESL in this collaborative project was to provide synthesis of previously collected data, assist in the preparation of presentations for public outreach, and communicate findings and recommendations between the SAMP team and the Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 330 Study Panel.

Working together with other members of the SAMP Project Team a PowerPoint presentation was developed that summarized and synthesized the information derived from previous studies as part of this SAMP project (NA08NOS4190466, Task 96.02).  This presentation was used in support of two public stakeholder meetings held on Dec. 7 & 14, 2011.  From these meetings, a report was produced by the A-NPDC.  Mark Luckenbach, from VIMS-ESL, incorporated the results of this report into the final report from the SJR 330 Study Panel, which was presented to the Governor and General Assembly on January 6, 2012.

The report from the SJR 330 Study Panel to the Governor and General Assembly contained findings and recommendations based upon the work conducted by VIMS as part of this SAMP Project, as well as summaries of the research and the input from stakeholder meetings.  Senate Bill 550, which incorporated all of the recommendations of the SJR 330 Study Panel report, was introduced in the 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly by Sen. Ralph Northam.  That bill passed the Senate, but currently appears stalled in the House of Delegates.  The current expectation is that the General Assembly will delay final action on the bill until its 2013 session, when there is a high probability that the recommendations resulting from this SAMP project will result in substantive changes to the Virginia’s management of subaqueous state-owned bottomland on the seaside of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Final products submitted: (1) GIS-based shape files from the habitat suitability analyses; (2) PowerPoint presentation including GIS-generated maps used in coordinating efforts of the SAMP Team and the SJR Study Panel; and, (3) Report with management recommendations to the Virginia Governor and General Assembly.

 

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: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov

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