Virginia CZM Program: 2011 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Grantee:

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Project Title:

Virginia NEMO Program Implementation in Coastal Zone

Project Description as Proposed:

Funding through this grant will be used to support the implementation of the Virginia Healthy Waters Initiative (HWI) and the Virginia Network for Education of Municipal Officials Program (VNEMO). In addition, this grant will provide direct support to the Planning District Commissions (PDCs) and localities requesting assistance through extended VCZM Sustainable Community Planning Focal Area projects and section 309 environmental enhancement strategies. Assistance is expected to be requested in the areas of blue/green infrastructure planning, planning for adaptation to climate change, coastal community development, water quality and natural resource based planning, and working waterfronts. These funds will support the efforts to further develop and implement the Virginia Healthy Waters Initiative, as it applies to advancing the Sustainable Community Planning focal area and interpretation and delivery of tools and products of the Natural Heritage Division at the VDCR such as the Virginia Ecological Values Assessment (VEVA) in the Coastal Zone of Virginia. Additional support may be provided for assisting with the implementation of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase 2 Watershed Implementation Plan with respect to addressing Section 306 or 309 water quality strategies. 

An Environmental Analyst will be retained through a contractual arrangement with the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) located at Virginia Commonwealth University. The individual will continue to work directly with DCR staff and have access to the facilities and expertise of CES as well. The position also serves as a liaison between DCR and the Center for Environmental Studies at VCU to promote joint, applied research and outreach projects. This includes the oversight of programs, projects, grants and grant budgets, providing technical support to VDCR Division of Soil and Water and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, as it relates to coastal zone ecology, management, and restoration. Through the VCU, the HWI and VNEMO Programs will have access to the GIS Section of the Life Sciences Department for CommunityViz technical assistance for local projects. 

This position will also continue to participate in state, local, or federal working groups as needed with regard to coastal nonpoint source pollution issues and as the VDCR deems necessary.  During this grant period, VCU and VDCR will seek additional funding to support the expansion of the VNEMO Program to meet the demand in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In addition, the Program Manager will prepare semiannual and annual reports and other technical documents.

Federal Funding:

$27,000

Project Contact:

Todd Janeski, 804.371.8984; tvjaneski@vcu.edu

Project Status:

10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Healthy Waters and VNEMO Program in the Coastal Zone Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

For the grant reporting period, the Environmental Analyst at the Virginia Commonwealth University continued to serve as the Program Manager of the Virginia Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (CNP) at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Due to the extremely limited funding to support the 56 Management Measures as outlined in the 6217 Guidance, the focus of the Coastal NPS Program is the management and implementation of the Virginia Healthy Waters Initiative (HWI) and the administration and implementation of the Virginia Network for Education of Municipal Officials Program (VNEMO).  The VCU Environmental Analyst/ Program Manager directs both the HWI and the VNEMO Program, focusing support to the regional planning district commissions and through regional educational and training events. The Program Manager supported the Sustainable Shoreline and Green Infrastructure Projects in the areas of blue/green infrastructure planning, climate change adaptation planning, coastal community development and nature-resource based planning to achieve local policy changes that protect coastal resources. The Program Manager also directed the construction and research development of innovative stormwater management technologies at the Science Museum of Virginia.

The Program Manager continued the management of the +$2M NFWF funded project at the Virginia Science Museum. The Manager shares the Project Management role with the Director of Science at the Museum to facilitate full coverage of all aspects of project implementation. As the project leadership, the Program Manager outlined the overall project and identified teams to prepare the engineering designs, monitoring program design, educational and outreach materials and the advertisement and hiring of a contractor to conduct the installation of the practices at the museum. During this grant period, the construction of porous concrete, a bioretention facility, tree well filters, a rainwater harvesting system and a green roof commenced. During this phase of the project, the Program Manager took the role of Research Director to guide the collection, analysis and expansion of data relevant to the treatment of urban stormwater. This project purpose is to demonstrate, teach and monitor such practices as bioretention, porous pavement, tree well filters, rainwater harvesting and green roof technologies in a controlled environment.

The Program Manager provided presentations, led tours and conducted field workshops illustrating the LID installed practices to the City of Richmond’s Virginia Water Environmental Association meeting (52 participants); one pervious concrete certification workshop (10 participants) in September, 2012 led by Virginia ReadyMix Concrete Association; a Roanoke Cement Corporation-Powhatan ReadyMix Co. regional sales meeting (12 participants) in September, 2012; and Centennial Construction Company’s regional meeting on LID technologies in Oct. 2012 (48 participants). In addition, the Program Manager led rainbarrel workshops where nearly 100 barrels were constructed and distributed.

To continue to grow the Virginia Healthy Waters Initiative, the VCU Analyst/HWI Program Manager partnered with the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy to begin negotiations to move the HWI Program to the most appropriate agency location. With the support of the VA Chapter of TNC, a program move to the VDCR Division of Natural Heritage was formally initiated in the fall of 2012. 

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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