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

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Crater Planning District Commission  

Project Title:

Crater PDC Technical Assistance Program 

Project Description as Proposed:

The Crater staff will work with the Commission’s Environmental Resources Management Task Force comprised of the planning directors of the Crater Planning District to carry out this Technical Assistance program.

The Commission staff will assist tidewater communities with environmental impact reviews, provide technical assistance, coordination, training, and staff support to the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR). 

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Mark Bittner; 804.861.1666,

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Final Deliverable Products Report - Task 42, Technical Assistance Program Crater Planning District Commission (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Product #1 – Environmental Impact Reviews
Commission staff reviewed 25 Environmental Impact Reports during the past year.  The projects were varied and included military applications, higher education planning, power generators, recycling facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, water withdrawals, pollution discharge, and grant funding applications.

Product #2 – Report on Coastal Meetings
Three (3) quarterly meetings were held during the past year (2013): January 24, April 5, and June 26.  In addition to local government and Crater PDC staff, representatives from the following entities attended at least once: Fort Lee, The U.S. Census Bureau, One Environmental Group, Community Planning Partners, and the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR).  A staff training session was held June 3 for a tour of FOLAR public access sites along the Appomattox River.  The Crater PDC also attended the Semi-Annual Coastal PDC meeting on July 22, 2013.

Product #3 – Coastal Training
The Commission sponsored several training sessions on the following topics:  1) Effective Use of the U.S. Census, 2) Virginia Outdoors Plan 2013 Update, 3) Brownfield Redevelopment, 4) Activities of FOLAR, 5) Rural Transportation Planning, 6) The East Coast Greenway, and 7) Virginia Legislative Update.

Product #4 – FOLAR (Friends of the Lower Appomattox River)
The Commission staff continued its ongoing support for FOLAR by providing financial administration, meeting facilitation, website maintenance ( ), participation in river events, map production, office space, and grants administration.  FOLAR performed approximately 15 local clean-ups and held its 6th Annual Battle or Paddle.  It also secured $26,100 in grants from The Cameron Foundation, The John Randolph Fund, the Soil and Water Board, Walmart, and Virginia American Water.  It hired a consultant to do a capacity building study aimed at bringing FOLAR to a higher level of activity and service with the intent of possibly hiring permanent part-time staff.  Finally, FOLAR hired a summer intern to assist with administrative needs.

Additional Environmental Matters
Commission staff participated in several other environmental activities including the Richmond Area Environmental Education Network, the Petersburg Stormwater Task Force, Chesapeake Bay TMDL Planning, solid waste reporting, the Albemarle-Chowan Roundtable, the Middle James Roundtable, the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS), the Beaches to Bluegrass Trail, and the Virginia Coastal Insurance Study.  Commission staff also updated the Appomattox River Interpretive guide and produced an online application:

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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