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

Project Task:



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:

10/1/14 - 9/30/15; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Virginia Coastal Zone Management Project Final Deliverable Products Report Task 42, Technical Assistance Program (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Product #1 – Environmental Impact Reviews

Commission staff reviewed 46 Environmental Impact Reports during the past year.  The projects were varied and included military applications, a power plant, mining, energy pipelines, a hospital, national wildlife refuges, biosolid applications, water withdrawals, pollution discharge, and grant funding applications.

Product #2 – Report on Coastal Meetings

Three (3) quarterly meetings were held during the past year (2014 - 2015): February 13, March 19, and June 18.  An October meeting was held and will be summarized for the 2015 report.  In addition to local government and Crater PDC staff, representatives from the following entities attended at least once: Fort Lee, The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 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 hosted a Semi-Annual Coastal PDC meeting on March 10, 2015.  Crater PDC attended the Coastal Partners Workshop on December 10-11, 2014 and the Coastal Policy Team meeting on September 29, 2015.

Product #3 – Coastal Training

The Commission sponsored several training sessions on the following topics:  1) Appomattox River Recreation and Economic Development, 2) Virginia State Water Resources Plan, 3) Virginia Cultural Resource Information System, 4) Virginia’s Draft 2015 Wildlife Action Plan, 5) Activities of FOLAR, 6) Rural Transportation Planning, 7) Appomattox River Interpretive Guide, and 8) VCU Development Tracker.

Product #4 – FOLAR (Friends of the Lower Appomattox River)

The Commission staff continued its ongoing support of FOLAR by providing financial administration, meeting facilitation, website maintenance ( ), participation in river events, map production, office space, and grants administration.  FOLAR performed approximately 5 local clean-ups and planned its 8th Annual Battle or Paddle, which was unfortunately cancelled due to severe weather.  It also secured approximately $10,000 in grants from various sources.  It continued to employ 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: .  A cell phone app was also developed.

Additional Environmental Matters

Commission staff participated in several other environmental activities including the Richmond Area Environmental Education Network, Chesapeake Bay TMDL Planning, solid waste reporting, the Albemarle-Chowan Roundtable, the Middle James Roundtable, the Chesapeake Conservancy, floodplain analysis, and the Beaches to Bluegrass Trail.

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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