Virginia CZM Program: 2012 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:VA CZM logo

Grantee:

VA Department of Environmental Quality 

Project Title:

EIR and Federal Consistency 

Project Description as Proposed:

The following activities will be performed as part of this project:

  • Conduct federal consistency reviews of activities which can affect Virginia's coastal uses and resources pursuant to the CZMA and the federal consistency regulations.
  • Coordinate Virginia's review of environmental documents for development of federal and state facilities and actions which require federal approvals or assistance.
  • Continue to update Virginia's EIR manual and federal consistency information packages as necessary.
  • Provide interpretation of federal consistency requirements to federal agencies, applicants for federal permits, approvals, or funding, and consultants preparing consistency determinations or certifications. 
  • Provide technical assistance to state reviewers and local government officials on the use of federal consistency and conduct group trainings (when there are opportunities to do so) at workshops sponsored by other agencies.
  • Maintain and update the EIR/Federal Consistency website.
  • Ensure public participation in the review of federal consistency documents to include publishing notices of consistency reviews in appropriate media such as local newspapers and holding public hearings when necessary; and
  • Conduct site visits as necessary.
  • Participate in routine program change discussions that may occur during the open award period. 

Federal Funding:

$217,000 

Project Contact:

Ellie L. Irons; 804.698.4325, ellie.irons@deq.virginia.gov

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Final Project Summary serves as Final Product. 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The FY 2012 grant was continued through the first quarter of FY 2013 (October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013) to accommodate planned training for federal consistency staff that was delayed.  Unfortunately the training was further delayed and therefore not accomplished as planned.  All the federal consistency determination and certification projects received during FY 2012 were completed by September 30, 2013 and previously reported on the two semi-annual reports submitted for FY 2012 (see http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/CoastalZoneManagement/DescriptionBoundary.aspx and scroll down to “Reporting Virginia CZM Program Network Agency Activities to NOAA”).  In summary, during FY 2012 the Office of Environmental Impact Review/Federal Consistency (OEIR) reviewed 245 development projects and management plans for consistency with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCP).  This represents over 87% of the total amount of projects reviewed during this period.  Major state projects accounted for 26 projects, 160 were federal actions, and 59 were federally funded projects (predominantly local government projects).  The OEIR continues to maintain a website for Federal Consistency Reviews and can be accessed through DEQ's main webpage or found at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/EnvironmentalImpactReview.aspx. The OEIR webpage is updated weekly.

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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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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