Virginia CZM Program: 2013 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:

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

Final Product Received:

Final Deliverable Products Report Task 42, Technical Assistance Program (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Product #1 – Environmental Impact Reviews
Commission staff reviewed 24 Environmental Impact Reports during the past year.  The projects were varied and included military applications, higher education planning, a quarry, a hospital, biosolid applications, water withdrawals, pollution discharge, and grant funding applications.

Product #2 – Report on Coastal Meetings
Five (5) quarterly meetings were held during the past year (2013 - 2014): October 24, January 10, March 14, June 25, and September 24.  In addition to local government and Crater PDC staff, representatives from the following entities attended at least once: Fort Lee, The Virginia Office of Environmental Education, The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, VCU, and the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR).  The Crater PDC also attended Semi-Annual Coastal PDC meetings on November 26, 2013 and June 12, 2014, and the Coastal Policy Team Meeting on September 30, 2014.

Product #3 – Coastal Training
The Commission sponsored several training sessions on the following topics:  1) Practical Grant Seeking, 2) Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner Program, 3) Virginia Outdoors Plan 2014 Update, 4) Beaches to Bluegrass Trail, 5) Activities of FOLAR, 6) Rural Transportation Planning, 7) Southern Crater Region Solid Waste Plan, and 8) VCU Development Tracker.

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 7th Annual Battle or Paddle.  It also secured approximately $38,000 in grants from various sources.  It hired permanent part-time staff to handle its administrative duties.

Product #5 – Benefits Accrued From Prior CZM Grants
Commission staff maintained our Appomattox River Interpretive guide and online application:

Additional Environmental Matters
Commission staff participated in several other environmental activities including the Richmond Area Environmental Education Network, Performance Contracting, Chesapeake Bay TMDL Planning, solid waste reporting, the Albemarle-Chowan Roundtable, the Middle James Roundtable, the Chesapeake Conservancy, floodplain analysis, and brownfield redevelopment. 

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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