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

VA CZM logoProject Task:

94.02 

Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission 

Project Title:

Land and Water Quality Protection in Middle Peninsula 

Project Description as Proposed:

Virginia local governments have responded collectively to the Commonwealth’s request for TMDL strategies associated with Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts. Future municipal TMDL requirements will focus local and state resources on nutrient loading, nutrient goals, OSDS management, and storm water management. Staff from the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) will continue to develop a rural pilot project which aims to identify pressing coastal issue(s) of local concern related to Bay clean up and new federal and state legislation which ultimately will necessitate local action and local policy development in response to the Bay wide TMDL.  PDC staff will continue using a combination of direct locality assistance, regional guidance from the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission and a committee of local government administrators and planners to develop the most appropriate project structure and project solutions for phase II. 

Reducing local nutrient loading continues to be a project priority.   MPPDC staff will continue to focus on developing, assessing, and articulating enforceable policy tools necessary to assist localities with the reduction of nutrient loadings by evaluating and assessing a series of environmental factors anticipated to support, clarify, prepare, and maximize locality or regional participation proposed in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan. MPPDC anticipates, among other enforceable TMDL policy changes, the development of new local stormwater management programs.  Functional consolidation of stormwater programs will offer a cost savings approach to local governments.  Designing a regional program to address a consolidated approach will be a priority.    Ongoing Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort will continue to have a very strong nexus to local land use policy, water quality protection, and fiscal concerns associated with the proliferation of new engineered septic systems.  In Phase 1, MPPDC staff identified many cumulative and secondary impacts that have not been fully researched or discussed within a local public policy venue.  Year 2 and 3 will include the ongoing exploration of key concerns related to coastal land use management/water quality and Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems (OSDS) and community system deployment.  Staff will continue to focus on solution based approaches, such as the establishment of a regional sanitary sewer district to manage the temporal deployment of nutrient reducing technology, assessment of land use classifications and taxation implications associated with new state regulations that encourage residential development.  

A new program element expressed by local governments during Phase 1 will include an analysis of the ownership, management and oversight of stormwater ditches and the relationship to the secondary road system overseen by the Virginia Department of Transportation.  Consulting services will assist with the analysis of rural outfall ditches (perpendicular to the VDOT ROW)  and roles and responsibilities in the movement of stormwater.

It is anticipated that the services of VNEMO could be required to address storm water and nutrient loading issues as another condition identified within Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan.   These issues, among others will ultimately require new local tools and enforceable policy. If needed, staff will partner with VNEMO to facilitate collaborative public decision processes to evaluate the successes of the identified approaches.

In addition, upon request, MPPDC staff will make a presentation regarding the outcome of this project to representatives of the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program. 

Federal Funding:

$50,000 

Project Contact:

Lewie Lawrence; 804.758.2311, llawrence@mppdc.com 

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Land and Water Quality Protection in Middle Peninsula (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

 

To build on MPPDC staff efforts from Phase I of the Land and Water Quality Project (Grant #NA11NOS4190122 Task 94.02), additional progress has been made during Phase II of this project to research, inform and develop enforceable policy in response to changing Federal and State regulations associated with Chesapeake Bay nutrient goals. Therefore MPPDC staff, in partnership with Middle Peninsula localities, worked to comprehensively address local implications of these regulations.


First, with funding through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), MPPDC staff worked with Middle Peninsula localities towards the development of a Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) to address new Virginia Stormwater Management regulations. Currently localities have submitted a draft VSMP ordinance, staffing and budget plan, and a draft administrative guidance manual that includes program policies and procedures. Second, MPPDC staff continued to seek the establishment of a regional sanitary sewer district to manage the temporal deployment of nutrient replacement technology for installed OSDS systems in Gloucester County. However with limited success, MPPDC staff continues to consider alternative policy options to move forward.


A new program element that was identified by local governments during Phase I of the Land and Water Quality Project (Grant #NA11NOS4190122 Task 94.02) included an analysis of the ownership, management, and oversight of stormwater ditches and the relationship to the secondary road system overseen by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Initial thoughts supported the idea that all ditches (roadside or parallel ditches and outfall ditches or perpendicular ditches) were under public ownership and therefore the responsibly of VDOT.  As Phase II funds were used to hire a legal consultant to conduct a legal analysis of seven
ditches parallel and perpendicular to VDOT right-of-ways (ROW) to help clarify the party responsible for maintaining roadside ditches, the findings were contrary to some of the original beliefs. It was found that in the majority of cases, that outfall ditches that run perpendicular to VDOT roads are the responsibility of private property owners (See Figure 1).  Ultimately however the report found that the duty to keep ditches clear and maintained is determined by ditch-specific circumstances. This report generated additional questions for local governments that will be explored in upcoming projects.


Finally, during this project period, MPPDC staff continued to advance the idea of water reuse, linking the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) effluent discharges with a significant industrial user of ground water in the Middle Peninsula.

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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