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

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95.01

Grantee:

Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program;
Subcontract - Virginia Commonwealth University 

Project Title:

Virginia Ocean Plan

Project Description as Proposed:

The Virginia CZM Program will contract with Virginia Commonwealth University to  provide an Environmental Scientist/Analyst to serve as the VA Ocean Planning Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator.  The Stakeholder Coordinator will work with  DEQ’s   Community Involvement Specialist under the direction of the Virginia CZM Program Manager, to continue to engage ocean stakeholders through meetings, PGIS workshops and other techniques to refine the offshore ocean management objectives for various uses such as fishing, energy development, conservation, sand mining, military activities, and transportation. VCU and DEQ staff will also advance the development, adoption and initial implementation of the Virginia Marine Debris Management Plan (MDMP). 
 
The VCU staff will be a primary point of contact for coordinating, outreach and engagement of ocean stakeholders, arranging and establishing meetings, and communicating with sector stakeholders. This may include working closely with the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission on their continued efforts to implement the Seaside Special Area Management Plan (FY 12 Task 96, extended) and the continued engagement to reach such sectors as commercial fishers. Outreach and facilitation of stakeholder meetings will be summarized and analyzed such that a Virginia perspective on management objectives will be available for informing the National Ocean Council’s Mid-Atlantic “Regional Planning Body.”  

Partnering with the Monmouth Project Team, the staff will assist with the data analysis from the Mid-Atlantic boater survey as well as outreach to the Ports, Renewable Energy, Defense, and Transportation sectors when such sectors are contacted regarding Virginia-based activities.

During the previous two grants (FY11 &12), extensive efforts were conducted to advance the development of the MDMP including a Summit and a strategic planning exercise. The focus will be on the finalization and adoption of the VA MDMP through strategic partnerships with the Longwood University Clean Virginia Waterways, Virginia Aquarium, VA Sea Grant, VIMS and the DEQ Pollution Prevention Program.

Participation in the MARCO Action Teams which include Ocean Planning (including its Stakeholder Engagement Sub-team), Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Habitat and Water Quality will be expected. 

Subcontract:
VCU will provide an Environmental Scientist/Analyst to serve as the VA Ocean Planning Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator to work with the Virginia CZM Program Manager, to continue to engage ocean stakeholders through meetings, PGIS workshops and other techniques as needed in order to refine the offshore ocean management objectives for various uses such as fishing, energy development, conservation, sand mining, military activities, and transportation. The VCU staff, will advance the development, adoption and initial implementation of the Virginia Marine Debris Management Plan (MDMP).  

The VCU staff will be a primary point of contact for coordinating, outreach and engagement of ocean stakeholders, arranging and establishing meetings, and communicating with sector stakeholders. This may include working closely with the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission on their continued efforts to implement the Seaside Special Area Management Plan (FY 12 Task 96, extended) and the continued engagement to reach such sectors as commercial fishers. Outreach and facilitation of stakeholder meetings, such that a Virginia perspective on management objectives will be available for informing the National Ocean Council’s Mid-Atlantic “Regional Planning Body” will be a priority. 

Partnering with the Monmouth Project Team, the staff will assist with the data analysis from the Mid-Atlantic boater survey as well as outreach to the Ports, Renewable Energy, Defense, and Transportation sectors when such sectors are contacted regarding Virginia-based activities.

During the previous two grants (FY11 &12), extensive efforts were conducted to advance the development of the MDMP including a Summit and a strategic planning exercise. The focus will be on the finalization and adoption of the VA MDMP through strategic partnerships with the Longwood University Clean Virginia Waterways, Virginia Aquarium, VA Sea Grant, VIMS and the DEQ Pollution Prevention Program.

Participation in the MARCO Action Teams which include Ocean Planning (including its Stakeholder Engagement Sub-team), Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Habitat and Water Quality will be expected.  

Federal Funding:

$81,884;
Subcontract - $60,000 

Project Contact:

Laura McKay, 804.698.4323; laura.mckay@deq.virginia.gov 
Subcontract - Todd Janeski, 804.828.2858; tvjaneski@vcu.edu 

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Virginia Ocean Plan Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The VCU Environmental Scientist/Analyst, as retained by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Coastal Zone Management Program, served as the Ocean Planning Stakeholder Coordinator for the grant reporting period under the VACZM Section 309 Ocean Resources Strategy. During this period, the Stakeholder Coordinator worked with the Virginia CZM Program in the Commonwealth’s Ocean Planning initiative. This effort included direct assistance to the VA CZM Manager for the purpose of facilitating the development and implementation of a Virginia Ocean Plan for the waters off Virginia’s coast in concert with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) as called for in the July 19, 2010 Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force (IOPTF). Virginia’s Ocean Plan will cover the area from mean low water along Virginia’s Atlantic coast out to the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone.

                   

Ocean planning in the Commonwealth includes a partnership MARCO that includes representatives from the States of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The broader MARCO effort is being supported through several contractors such as Monmouth University, University of Delaware, Rutgers University, Nature Conservancy, and NatureServe. Primarily, ocean planning brings together the sectors of Ports and Navigation, Military, Commercial Fisheries, Recreational Users, Alternative and Traditional Energy, Conservation, Tourism, and Local Government. These sectors have been brought together both in the Commonwealth, as well as in the region to share information regarding ocean uses for the purpose of understanding the complexity of overlapping and abutting uses. Additionally, the Stakeholder Coordinator participated in the implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, the federally lead effort to coordinate the Mid-Atlantic States, Federal Government, Recognized Tribes and the Marine Sectors. Specific focus of the VCU Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator was in the area of Offshore Commercial Fishing.

 

In addition, Virginia completed a Final Draft of the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan. The goal is to present the Marine Debris Reduction Plan to the Virginia Coastal Policy Team for adoption and to MARCO for consideration.  Decreasing marine debris is one of the goals within MARCO’s set of “Water Quality” goals. A partnership between Longwood University Clean Virginia Waterways Program, VDEQ Community Involvement Specialist and VCU was employed to conduct a social science based data collection and analysis to develop the Final Draft.

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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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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