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

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95.01 

Grantee:

Virginia Institute of Marine Science 

Project Title:

Interjurisdictional Coordination for Alternatives Assessment for the Northern Seaside of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Accomack County 

Project Description as Proposed:

The Seaside Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) has engaged many stakeholders to reduce use conflicts and enhance the productivity and resiliency of both natural systems and local water-based industries. The northern areas of the Seaside face a unique set of challenges related to established development and uses on the barrier islands of Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague that are not common to the remainder of the Seaside which is largely undeveloped and pristine. Wallops Island is host to the NASA-Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Chincoteague Island hosts the Town of Chincoteague, a vibrant community with thriving tourism and seafood industries and a federally-designated Harbor of Safe Refuge. Assateague Island is host to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and National Park Service (NPS) Assateague Island National Seashore (AINS). These islands are located around Chincoteague Inlet, which provides access to inland and offshore waters which is critical for local and regional recreational and commercial economies.

These entities represent different types of ownership and management policies. WFF, USFWS, NPS are federal agencies, while the Mid-Atlantic Spaceport is owned by Commonwealth of Virginia. The Town of Chincoteague is locally managed and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a private organization. The entire project area is located in Accomack County. In a meeting at the Bateman Center on AINS on August 5, 2014 several Federal stakeholders met at the request of Rob Bloxom, Virginia House of Delegates to discuss coastal issues that are of a high priority to the local community including:

1) Relocation of public beach at Assateague Island National Seashore

2) Ongoing re-nourishment of Wallops and fate of sand

a. Northward transport to Chincoteague Inlet

b. Southward transport to Assawoman Island and washover

3) Toms Cove Isthmus Stability

a. Breach Potential and impacts to aquaculture and Town of Chincoteague

The purpose of this proposal is to give a voice to the local community and to provide the framework for interjurisdictional discussions of issues and solutions. Local concerns will be addressed and possible solutions based on available science will be determined. These alternatives will be discussed in a stakeholder meeting which will involve coordinating with the Federal/State and local entities, as well as permitting agencies including VMRC, BOEM and USCOE.  A summary document of responses to the alternatives from the stakeholders based on their management policies and existing management plans will be compiled. This proposal will:

1) Provide an understanding of the issues by

a. Collecting available data and reports that have a bearing on the area of interest into an annotated bibliography with particular attention to identifying consequences of recent and proposed coastal projects.

b. Identifying/acquiring existing shoreline databases from partners

2) Facilitate a meeting of stakeholders to provide input into how collective resources can best be cost-effectively utilized. These would include sand resources and funding resources and result in a limited alternatives analysis for issues. 

The desired outcome of the proposed project is to enhance the coastal resiliency and productivity of communities, operations, economies, and environments through the centralization of the data needed for coastal processes and alternative solution development through interjurisdictional coordination.  VIMS will partner with the Accomack Northampton Planning District Commission (ANPDC) and Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resiliency Initiative (MACRI). Curt Smith (ANPDC) will act as local support for coordinating meetings with the various entities listed as well as technical support relating to research efforts and products by the USGS. This project could lead to change in “policy” at varying levels of government including the Accomack County comprehensive plan, the NASA Wallops Research Collaboration effort, The USFWS Chincoteague and Wallops Island NWR Comprehensive Plan and EIS, the TNC Regional Resiliency Project and the Town of Chincoteague Plan. In addition the project could serve as a pilot “Interjurisdictional Coordination (IJC) action in the terminology of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s Ocean Action Plan currently under development.

Federal Funding:

$26,000 

Project Contact:

C. Scott Hardaway, Jr.; 804.684.7277; hardaway@vims.edu 

Project Status:

7/1/2015 - 9/30/2015; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Wallops Assateague Chincoteague Inlet (WACI) Geologic and Coastal Management Summary Report (PDF)

Interjurisdictional Coordination for Alternatives Assessment for the Northern Seaside of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Accomack County Bibliography (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The northern areas of the Virginia Eastern Shore Seaside face a unique set of challenges related to established development and uses on the barrier islands of Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague that are not common to the remainder of the Seaside, which is largely undeveloped and pristine.  Wallops Island is host to the NASA-Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.  Chincoteague Island hosts the Town of Chincoteague, a vibrant community with thriving tourism and seafood industries and a federally-designated Harbor of Safe Refuge.  Assateague Island is host to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and National Park Service (NPS), and Assateague Island National Seashore (AINS).  These islands are located around Chincoteague Inlet, which provides access to inland and offshore waters, which is critical for local and regional recreational and commercial economies.

The goal of this project was to give a voice to the local community within the framework for interjurisdictional discussions of issues and solutions.  To do this, a meeting with all the stakeholders was scheduled, an annotated bibliography was created, and a website was developed to use as a hub for data necessary for management of the region.

At the meeting, a description of the local geology was provided in order to frame the discussion about knowledge needs as the process moves forward.  In addition, local concerns were addressed and possible solutions discussed.  A summary report was written by VIMS and Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission and reviewed by all the meeting’s participants.

The annotated bibliography of reports written about the physical processes that are working along the Seaside is available on the website. http://www.vims.edu/research/departments/physical/programs/ssp/waci/literature-review/index.php

The Wallops Assateague Chincoteague Inlet website link is:

http://www.vims.edu/research/departments/physical/programs/ssp/waci/index.php

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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