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

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Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Project Title:

A-NPDC 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.  The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a 70-mile long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay that has remained as one of the few remaining rural regions on the Atlantic seaboard despite consistent pressure from future development. The region is unique for its vast wealth of coastal resources. The threats of development and constant changes to the region’s dynamic coastal environment put the socio-economic, natural, and built environments on the Eastern Shore at risk. In 2012, the A-NPDC assumed the role of lead agency for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Climate Adaptation Working Group (CAWG) to coordinate efforts among local, state, and federal representatives of government, aquaculture, agriculture, and community organizations to better plan and mitigate risks associated with climate change and sea level rise. The CAWG along with other A-NPDC efforts such as the Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee are working to ensure a productive future for Eastern Shore residents and the natural environment.

During FY2012, A-NPDC will coordinate the CAWG and offer coastal management training opportunities for local government staff and coordinate public education efforts.  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 A-NPDC will coordinate with the CAWG to compile accounts of coastal change to the built and natural environment to produce the Eastern Shore of Virginia Coastal Change Archive to support adaptation planning efforts and serve as an informational resource. 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:

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

Final Product Received:

Accomack-Northampton Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program Final Report (PDF)
Benefits Accrued from Prior VCZM Grants (PDF)
Eastern Shore of Virginia Coastal Change Archive (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The FY2012 Technical Assistance Program included support of the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Working Group, coordination of 7 training & outreach programs; technical assistance to local, state, & federal government organizations; staff support of the Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee; & development of the Eastern Shore Coastal Change Archive. $285,000 in grant funds & staff time was leveraged to aid the completion of multiple projects related to the goals presented in the scope of work for FY2012.

The Climate Adaptation Working Group met quarterly & held a Coastal Flooding Workshop that successfully educated local residents on changes to flood insurance. The group developed planning tools, conducted educational outreach for citizens and elected officials, and developed and reviewed multiple studies concerning climate change & sea level rise.

The A-NPDC coordinated 7 training & outreach programs including two public workshops on ground water hydrology & wastewater treatment, a GIS Users Group Symposium, a Litter Management Summit, a Household Hazardous Waste Collection, a Flood Insurance 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 FY2012 in a variety of activities ranging from participating in the ES Watersheds Network, develop adaptation strategies for climate change and sea level rise on the Eastern Shore, developing nutrient & 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 to fund the consulting hydrogeologist to the ES Ground Water Committee, develop stormwater management programs for local governments, serve on numerous local & state committees & workgroups, and participate in numerous workshops and seminars. A-NPDC staff performed historical searches using the VA Dept. of Historic Resources Data Sharing System. A-NPDC responded to 10 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 & Committee website, conducted a Household Hazardous Waste Collection, served on a state advisory panel on reusing ground water for recharge, updated the Ground Water Management Plan, commented on multiple regulatory actions, & reviewed 20 withdrawal permits.

A-NPDC created the Eastern Shore Coastal Change Archive with over 200 stories of observed changes to the natural environment resulting from sea level rise and climate change. These stories were solicited during 2 one-day interview sessions attended by 20 knowledgeable long-time local residents. VCZM assisted with the interview workshops and data compilation and processing. The Archive will be posted to Coastal GEMS in the near future and a protocol for continued expansion of the Archive has been established. A-NPDC continued to explore opportunities for having Bloomsburg University involve students to assist with further solicitation of archive accounts.

A-NPDC created a compilation of VCZM Grants and described additional benefits accrued since completion. 

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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