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

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Back Bay Restoration Foundation

Project Title:

Back Bay Restoration Foundation State of the Bay Conference

Project Description as Proposed:

On March 15, 2012, BBRF will host the 2012 Back Bay Forum.  Representatives from local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit and private enterprises with expertise about Back Bay, and issues relevant to the Back Bay watershed, will provide informative presentations to attendees on the subject of their latest environmental initiatives.   

The Project Manager will prepare an agenda, to include presenter, organization, topic, and time allotted.  Copies of the registration form/agenda will be included in an Interim Report along with nametags with the CZMP logo.  The Project Manager will also assist organizations with the focus and format of their respective presentations.  Presentations will be available online, and CDs will be made available upon request.  A one-hour lunch break will permit attendees to visit a variety of environmental education displays throughout the meeting room and in the lobby.

Surveys will request comments on topics as well as suggestions for 2013 Forum.  Based in part on these comments, an Action Plan will be developed to ensure BBRF’s future education and conservation projects include the inputs of watershed stakeholders including homeowners, businesses, governmental operations, agricultural operations, and horse farms.  Including stakeholder contributions historically increases project support consequently increasing project effectiveness.  The BBRF website,, contains a link for the Back Bay Forum as well as historical data pertaining to past forums.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Mary Tilton, 757.619.6429;

Project Status:

2/15/2012 - 6/30/2012; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Back Bay Restoration Foundation State of the Bay Conference Final Report (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Back Bay Restoration Foundation (BBRF) and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program co-hosted the 2012 Back Bay Forum on March 15, 2012 for 91 attendees comprised of BBRF members, 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.  Presenters included: Barbara Henley (V.B. City Councilwoman), Jennifer Howell (VA DEQ), Chad Boyce (VDGIF), Gary Costanzo (VDGIF), John Gallegos (USFWS), Phil West (VDGIF), Skip Stiles (Wetlands Watch), Rachel Noble (UNC-Chapel Hill), Will Smith (USFWS), Katie Sanford (VA Dare SWCD), David Bishop (USFWS), Karen Duhring (VIMS), and Clay Bernick (City of V.B.).

The informative presentations updated attendees on issues relevant to the Back Bay watershed, including the current updates on the fish and waterfowl populations, invasive species, and sea level rise.  Other presentations discussed historical aspects of the Back Bay area, as well as the plans for the future through the City of Virginia Beach’s Sustainability Plan.  Water quality issues were addressed via informative presentations about TMDL regulations, Best Management Practices, and Living Shorelines as a BMP.

Pertinent displays featuring area conservation/environmental non-profit organizations including Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, Tidewater Master Naturalists, Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, Lynnhaven River Now, Terrascapes Environmental, and Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads were available to attendees throughout the day.  Forum agendas, signage and badges acknowledged VA CZMP support. 

BBRF staff and Board of Directors analyzed the feedback form, discussion results, and other thoughtful feedback to improve future Back Bay Forums.

All presentations from the 2012 Back Bay Forum are available for download on the BBRF website.   CDs containing PowerPoint presentations of all presentations are also available upon request.

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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