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

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Grantee:

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Center for Coastal Resources Management

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: 1) advisory service to shoreline property owners particularly for more rural jurisdictions and with regard to the promotion of living shorelines, 2) educational/ outreach efforts to include a workshop on the VIMS campus, as well the production, printing and mailing of the Rivers and Coast report and Wetlands Newsletter; and 3) maintenance of the on-line public permit records. 

Federal Funding:

$42,000 

Project Contact:

Dawn Fleming, 804.684.7380; dawnf@vims.edu
Pam Mason, 804.684.7158; mason@vims.edu 

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support (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 provided routine advisories and impact assessments; produced the supporting materials for outreach education and newsletters; and maintained a permit database and website. Technical advisory activities encompassed everything from site visits to verbal communications and written environmental assessments. To assist us in reporting more detailed information on CCRM’s advisory activities, and living shorelines in particular, a new Access database to track our advisory requests and responses was created. This was the first full year of implementation; the Wetlands Program is now actively inputting advisory data as we continue to refine the database. As for living shorelines, site visits were made a priority and CCRM is now able to provide a detailed report on the number and type of requests, who is requesting information and in what localities.

The Wetlands Program was responsible for organizing, hosting and presenting at our annual Tidal Wetlands Workshop held at VIMS on May 22, 2014, which was attended by 149 people. This workshop, “Living Shorelines in Virginia: Current Practices, Research & Policy”, included presentations, invited panel discussions with regulators & contractors, and a breakout session for all participants to contribute their perspectives and ideas about how to keep the living shoreline initiative moving forward in the Commonwealth. Although not a final product deliverable, CCRM continues to raise awareness and offer training to coastal planners and shoreline managers on our Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Portal and Coastal Best Management Practices education program.  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 our 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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