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Virginia CZM Program: 2014 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Project Title:

A-NPDC Technical Assistance Program

Project Description as Proposed:

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) serves two counties and 19 incorporated towns on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a 70-mile long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay that has remained as one of the few remaining rural regions on the Atlantic seaboard despite consistent pressure from future development. The 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 and sustainable future for Eastern Shore residents and the natural environment.

During FY2014, A-NPDC will publish and distribute the CAWG Newsletter 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 facilitate a series of presentations and discussions and present a draft operating agreement and draft governing By-Laws to guide the formation of the Eastern Shore Water Access Authority.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Curt Smith; 757.787.2936;  

Project Status:

10/1/14 - 9/30/15; Project Closed 

Final Product Received:

Accomack-Northampton Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program (PDF)

Benefits Accrued from Prior VCZM Grants (PDF)

Shore Big Tree Implementation Plan (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The FY2014 program included support of the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Working Group, coordination of 14 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 hosted the VCZMP and Coastal PDC Meeting. $445,066 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 FY2014.

The Climate Adaptation Working Group Newsletters were distributed to over 150 persons from local, state, and federal representatives of government, aquaculture, agriculture, and community organizations. They were also distributed to the public. They consist of collected local, regional, national, and international research and news items and planning tools as related to climate change, sea level rise, and hazard mitigation.

The A-NPDC coordinated 14 training & outreach programs including two public workshops on ground water hydrology, two local watershed TMDL working group meetings, 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 FY2014 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 9 information requests from private, local, state, and federal organizations.

The Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee held 8 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 3 withdrawal permits.

The A-NPDC coordinated and contacted various local representatives and public bodies to gain interest in the Shore Big Tree program. Exmore was provided a list of native tree species, and they have committed to planting native trees through the list provided. The public schools in Accomack County have also committed space for one tree at each school as long as no additional funding or maintenance is required of the school system. Parksley has also committed space to one tree depending on the funding available. A-NPDC staff is now reaching out to local private donations for these projects.

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:

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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