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Virginia CZM Program: 2012 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:

In March, 2013, BBRF will host the 2013 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 2014 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:

Shannon Davis; 757.619.6429,  

Project Status:

10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Back Bay Restoration Foundation Virginia Beach Watersheds Forum FY 2012 (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Back Bay Restoration Foundation (BBRF), Lynnhaven River NOW (LRNow) and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program co-hosted the 2013 Virginia Beach Watersheds Forum on March 21, 2013 for 156 attendees comprised of BBRF members, LRNow members, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, students, home/land owners, Virginia Beach City officials and staff, representatives from state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders at the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach.  The Forum agenda began with a panel presentation “Sea Level Rise in Virginia Beach” with Carl Herschner (VIMS), Ben MacFarlane (HRPDC), and Joe Bouchard (Former State Delegate).  The Forum agenda then had two break-out sessions for the northern and southern watersheds in Virginia Beach.  The Southern Watershed break-out session talks included: “Update on Back Bay Fishery and Bass Stocking” (Chad Boyce, VDGIF), “Using the Past and the Future to Guide Invasive Species Management in Back Bay” (David Bishop, USFWS), and “Current Water Quality Conditions in Back Bay” (Nathan Bowman, DEQ).  The Northern Watershed break-out sessions talks included: “Where Does Your Stormwater Fee Go?” (Steve McLaughlin, City of VB), “Living Shorelines” (Joe Scalf, LRNow and Marcia Berman, VIMS), and “Oyster Restoration Update” (Laurie Sorabella, LRNow and Joe Scalf, LRNow).  The VB Watersheds Agenda concluded with a panel titled “VB in 2040: Where do our natural resources fit in?” and panelists included Clay Bernick (City of VB, Environment and Sustainability Office), Steve Herbert (Deputy City Manager), and Barry Frankenfield (City of VB, Strategic Growth Area Office).

Pertinent displays featuring area conservation/environmental non-profits including Master Naturalists, Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, Rudee Inlet Foundation, and others were available to attendees throughout the day.  Forum agendas and forms acknowledged VA CZMP support.  Presentations from presenters are available on the BBRF website.   CDs containing PowerPoint presentations of all presentations were provided upon request.  BBRF and LRNow staff and volunteers used the feedback form, discussion results and other thoughtful feedback to identify issues and format suggestions that will be used to improve future Forums.   Final deliverables are completed including copies of the Forum agenda, program, a completed action plan to assist with BBRF’s mission, and analysis of Forum Feedback Forms.

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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