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

Project Task:VA CZM logo

Grantee:

Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science 

Project Title:

Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support 

Project Description as Proposed:

The project provides operational support for tidal wetlands management technical support provided by Virginia Institute of Marine Science Wetlands Program staff.  The project will specifically support: expanded outreach education offerings to include a workshop, and one special regional training session per month, as well as production of materials for those offerings; technical advisories and impact assessment for selected complex projects; partial support for publication of technical reports prepared by the Wetlands Program; and maintenance of the permit data base web sites. 

Federal Funding:

$42,000 

Project Contact:

Dawn Fleming; 804.684.7380, dawnf@vims.edu 

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support Final Report (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This project provided operational support for tidal wetlands management technical support provided by the Center for Coastal Resources Management Wetlands Program staff.  Wetlands Program personnel produced the supporting materials for outreach education, provided routine advisories and impact assessments, produced newsletters, and maintained a permit database and website. The Wetlands Program was responsible for organizing, hosting and presenting at our annual Tidal Wetlands Workshop held at VIMS on April 25, 2013 which was attended by 137 people. This workshop “Building Local Government Capacity in Coastal Resource Management” included updates on CCRM tools and projects to support local government’s ability to sustainably manage tidal shorelines. Here, CCRM introduced the free online Shoreline Best Management Practices course. The course has 11 modules; each module consists of an informative video on a variety of topics followed by a quiz. Currently 196 people are registered and 19 have successfully earned a certificate of completion. After discussion with CZM staff, this BMP course was added as part of Product 1 since there wasn’t the level of interest that we had anticipated in our training program. The training program was initiated to raise awareness and provide orientation to new CCRM tools and guidance provided through the Comprehensive Coastal Resources Management Portal (CCRMP).  Two different groups were targeted – coastal planners & shoreline managers. A standard format for the training material and templates for inserting locality-specific information was developed for each group. Within the grant period, a combined total of 93 people attended regional training sessions representing ten different localities. Only 3 out of 10 planned CCRMP training sessions were completed during the project period and one of two of the BMP classes. Another 5 sessions are now scheduled or expected to have dates set soon after October 1, 2013. Technical advisory activities encompassed everything from verbal communications to written environmental assessments. To assist CCRM in reporting more detailed information on its advisory activities, effort was put towards creating and beta testing a new access database to track the advisory requests and responses. Although CCRM continues to refine the database, the Wetlands Program is now actively inputting advisory data. CCRM produces two newsletters. The Virginia Wetlands Report serves to announce upcoming workshops and educational opportunities. The biannual Rivers & Coast newsletter covers one relevant topic in detail through use of charts, graphs, maps and photos in an 8-page color publication. Both newsletters are mailed to all local wetlands board members and their staff.  Additionally, they are available online and announced through CCRMS’s e-newsletter to approximately 2000 email addresses which include local and state agency personnel, General Assembly members, and interested private citizens. CCRM e-News provides the reader with reminders, and quick links by summarizing a variety of issues that support integrated management of coastal zone resources, and by pointing the reader to more detailed information on the CCRM website. VIMS alone serves the permit data online which is routinely accessed by applicants and other government agencies through a searchable database. The permit data includes the original joint permit application, VIMS permit review reports, and all related additional information, public notices and photos. To view any of the previously mentioned items, please see CCRM’s website (http://ccrm.vims.edu//). 

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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