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

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Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Coastal Technical Assistance Program

Project Description as Proposed:

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission serves two counties and 19 incorporated towns on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Population growth on this narrow, 70-mile long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay has been relatively modest since 1990. However, as one of the few rural regions remaining on the Atlantic seaboard, pressures from future development are expected to steadily increase. Increases in residential development in waterfront areas of northern Accomack County and southern Northampton County are currently being experienced. In response, the A-NPDC formed the Eastern Shore of Virginia Coastal Management Committee in 2004 to coordinate local government efforts to better manage coastal development and its impacts. The A-NPDC will continue to coordinate the Coastal Management Committee and offer coastal management training opportunities for local government staff and coordinate public education efforts. The A-NPDC will also continue to participate in implementation of the Eastern Shore Tributary Strategy. The A-NPDC will continue to staff the Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee, provide GIS services, conduct state and federal environmental reviews, and work with local governments and organizations to address coastal management issues. The expected outcome will be improved coastal management on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Curt Smith (757) 787- 2936;

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Accomack-Northampton Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program 2011 Annual Report (pdf)

Eastern Shore of Virginia Transient & Working Waterfront Infrastructure Needs Assessment (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The FY2011 program included support of the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Working Group, coordination of ten training and outreach programs; technical assistance to local, state, and federal government organizations; staff support of the Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee, and completion of a Transient & Working Waterfront Infrastructure Needs Assessment for enhancing and preserving water-access sites. $177,566 in grant funds and staff time was leveraged to aid the completion of multiple projects related to the goals presented in the scope of work for FY2011.

The Climate Adaptation Working Group met quarterly and held a Coastal Flooding Workshop that successfully educated and surveyed over 200 local residents regarding sea level rise and flooding. The group developed planning tools, conducted educational outreach for citizens and elected officials, and developed and reviewed multiple studies concerning climate change and sea level rise.

The A-NPDC coordinated 10 training and outreach programs including two public workshops on ground water quality and wastewater treatment, a Native American Cultural Awareness Training, a Household Hazardous Waste Collection, a LiDAR Workshop for local GIS Users, public meetings for the development of local watershed TMDLs, a Coastal Flooding Workshop, and two presentations on future impacts from sea level rise. These 10 programs were attended by over 450 individuals from the public, private, and governmental sectors involving stakeholder groups on over 110 occasions.

The A-NPDC partnered with 11 agencies during FY2011 in a variety of activities ranging from participating in the ES Watersheds Network, developing adaptation strategies for climate change and sea level rise on the Eastern Shore, developing nutrient and sediment reduction strategies for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL-WIP, and participating in a Working Waterfronts Coalition for Rural Virginia. The A-NPDC used VCZM grant funds to leverage services and complete projects on 11 occasions including funding the consulting hydrogeologist to the ES Ground Water Committee, developing stormwater management programs for local governments, serving on numerous local and state committees and workgroups, and participating in numerous workshops and seminars. A-NPDC staff performed 12 historical searches using the Dept. of Historic Resources Data Sharing System. A-NPDC responded to 34 information requests from private, local, state, and federal organizations.

The Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee held 9 meetings, conducted 2 public workshops, maintained an awards program and Committee website, served on a state advisory panel on reusing ground water for recharge, updated the Ground Water Management Plan, commented on multiple regulatory actions, and reviewed 15 withdrawal permits.

A-NPDC conducted a Transient & Working Waterfront Needs Assessment to identify regional needs that will lead to projects for preserving and enhancing recreational and transient boating for the commercial fishing and aquaculture industries.

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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