Virginia CZM Program: 2013 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Grantee:

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.  This rural 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 amongst 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 FY2013, 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 develop the Uniform Land Preservation and Policy Report for Northampton County and Accomack County by working with local governments and land preservation organizations to identify specific policy options regarding how lands protected by conservation easements should be treated, mechanisms to verify conservation protection measures are in place and being maintained on protected property, and also strategies and mechanisms to prevent low conservation value land from being protected permanently. 

Federal Funding:

$30,000 

Project Contact:

Curt Smith, 757.787.2936; csmith@a-npdc.org 

Project Status:

10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Accomack-Northampton Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf)
Proceedings of the Eastern Shore Land Protection Working Group (pdf)
Benefits Accrued from Prior VCZM Grants (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The FY2013 program included support of the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Working Group, coordination of 8 training & outreach programs; technical assistance to local, state, & federal government organizations; staff support of the Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee; staff support of the Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee; and development of the Uniform Land Preservation and Policy Report for Northampton County and Accomack County. $2,578,066 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 FY2013.

The Climate Adaptation Working Group met quarterly. 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 8 training & outreach programs including two public workshops on ground water hydrology, two dedication ceremonies of Shore Big Trees, a Household Hazardous Waste Collection, and a presentation on future impacts from sea level rise. These programs were attended by over 200 individuals from the public, private, and governmental sectors involving stakeholder groups on over 100 occasions.

The A-NPDC partnered with over 50 agencies during FY2013 in a variety of activities ranging from participating in the ES Watersheds Network; developing adaptation strategies for climate change and sea level rise on the Eastern Shore, and participating in a Working Waterfronts Coalition for Rural Virginia. The A-NPDC used VCZM grant funds to leverage services and complete projects on 12 occasions including funding the consulting hydrogeologist to the ES Ground Water Committee, developing a hazard mitigation plan for local governments, serving on numerous local & state committees & workgroups, and participating 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 25 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, commented on state regulatory actions, maintained the ES Ground Water Management Plan, & reviewed 14 withdrawal permits.

The A-NPDC held a series of stakeholder meetings including local government officials, agency representatives of land preservation organizations and the interested public to review the varying methods of land preservation and to serve as a forum to discuss the varying land preservation tools and coordinate the use of these tools for long planning horizons. The report was shared with existing preservation partnerships (Southern Tip Partnership) and local officials.

The 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: 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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