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

Project Task:

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Grantee:

Northern Virginia Regional Commission 

Project Title:

NVRC Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program 

Project Description as Proposed:

The Technical Assistance grants provided by the Coastal Zone Management program have been integral in supporting coastal-related technical assistance to Northern Virginia localities since 1992.  For FY 2014, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission proposes the following efforts to continue the promotion of collaborative endeavors.

Local Coordination and Training

The Commission will convene four workshops or trainings on topics of local interest and/or that promote collaborative measures for discussing or addressing state interests.  These topics may include shoreline management, rain gardens, climate change adaptation, new policies and procedures, living shorelines, green infrastructure planning, and other relevant topics.

Additionally, NVRC staff will participate in ongoing local and regional forums, including the Potomac Watershed Roundtable and the Northern Virginia Urban Forestry Roundtable.

Special Project

Since 2003, NVRC has managed the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners Regional Social Marketing Campaign.  Technical assistance funds will continue to support the overall administration of this project, including the acquisition of leveraged funding from partners, the development of website content and promotional materials, and procurement of consultant supportive services. 

An annual survey will be conducted through online polls to better understand the level of awareness of Northern Virginians on pollution-causing behaviors and to what degree the campaign messages encourages them to take action and change their behaviors.  These results will continue to inform the messages placed in campaign advertisements including the campaign website - onlyrain.org, public service announcements and promotional materials. 

EIS/EIR/ER and Permit Reviews

NVRC will continue to review and respond to environmental impact statements and reviews for consistency with local, regional, and state interests.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Corey Miles, 703.642.4625; cmiles@novaregion.org

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

FY 14 Annual Report Northern Virginia Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

NVRC continued to provide technical assistance to state and local groups engaged in watershed planning initiatives, shoreline management, and other coastal/Chesapeake Bay-related efforts.  The following are representative examples of the types of coordination and technical assistance NVRC’s Coastal Program provided in FY 14.

• Grant Application to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on behalf of VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Prince William County, and Virginia Institute of Marine Science

NVRC prepared a grant application to NFWF to fund construction of a “living shoreline” to protect approximately 800 feet of actively eroding shoreline from future storms on the tidal Potomac River. A grant of $174,636 was awarded from NFWF for construction of this project. Construction is anticipated to begin this fall.

• Coastal Planning District Commissions Planning Meetings

• Virginia Coastal Policy Team Meetings

• Potomac Watershed Roundtable

• Northern Virginia Urban Forestry Roundtable

• Northern Virginia Regional Sustainability Network

• Northern Virginia Native Plant Campaign

A fundamental component of NVRC’s Coastal Resources Program is the provision of education and public outreach on environmental issues that affect the Northern Virginia region.  The following training events were held in FY14:

Residential Rain Gardens - Beautifying Your Yard for Clean Water (November 08, 2014)

NVRC co-hosted one Beautifying Your Yard for Clean Water workshop on building small-scale rain gardens. 25 participants learned how to design, build, landscape, and maintain small-scale residential rain gardens. www.novaregion.org/raingardens

Plants in Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sediment Control

NVRC worked with the Department of Environmental Quality to host a course about the role of plants in stormwater management and erosion and sediment control.  The workshop was taught by Jan Briede and was attended by 50 participants.

Special Project

NVRC continued to coordinate the Northern VA Clean Water Partners Program. In 2015, the Partners used television, print, internet advertising and the Only Rain Down the Storm Drain website to distribute messages linked to specific stormwater problems, such as proper pet waste disposal, over fertilization of lawns and gardens and proper disposal of motor oil to encourage behavior change in residents.  Onlyrain.org

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


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