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

Project Task:

47

Grantee:

George Washington Regional Commission

Project Title:

GWRC Technical Assistance Program

Project Description as Proposed:

The project offers four components to provide technical assistance and support to the local governments of the George Washington Regional Commission service area.  These components include: 1) Continued quality control and assurance measures on the BMP inventory compiled in FY2013 for Caroline County; 2) Development of Geodatabase files identifying the mapped locations of all soils amenable to infiltration or infiltrative stormwater management practices in Caroline County; 3) Organization of a regional roundtable forum to discuss the status of implementation of the new VSMP at the local level; and 4) the continuation of support for the Regional Stormwater Managers Technical Committee.  Specifically, GWRC intends to accomplish the following objectives and product deliverables during FY14:

Continued Enhancement of Caroline County BMP Assessment, Tracking and Monitoring System – GWRC will continue to work with  County staff to further refine the BMP geodatabase that was developed in conjunction with the University of Mary Washington in FY2013.  This will include examining the existing data structure and attribute tables as they are used by County staff to ensure that the information provided is useful and accurate, and serves the intended purpose as was originally determined in the scope of work.  GWRC will work with County staff to identify where information is vague or needs further refinement, and will also examine the original attribute tables to insure that these are adequate in the breadth and scope of information to be useful to all County departments that may use this information.

Development of an Infiltrative Soils GIS Layer for Caroline County - Infiltrative soils have particular importance for groundwater recharge and for use by Low-Impact Development infiltration practices. The County has identified these soils for protection within their codes, ordinances and comprehensive plans. Identifying and mapping these particular soils into a readily accessible Geodatabase file would be highly beneficial for plan reviewers as they determine what areas should be protected in overall development plans or that should be incorporated into stormwater management plans. Preserving, or utilizing, infiltrative soils to support groundwater recharge is an important aspect of maintaining both regional hydrology as well as groundwater resources. In addition, promoting the use of infiltrative stormwater management techniques will significantly reduce nutrient runoff to local streams and rivers and help local jurisdictions meet their Chesapeake Bay Phase II WIP goals and objectives.

Regional VSMP/Construction General Permit Roundtable – In the winter of 2014-15 GWRC will organize a regional roundtable forum for local government staff to discuss the successes, problems and concerns with implementing Virginia’s newly adopted VSMP and the greatly revised Construction General Permits.  In July of 2014 all localities are required to either adopt a VSMP (not optional for MS4 localities) or have the State (through Va. DEQ) take control of the local stormwater program.  The “rural” localities needed to indicate their desire to opt-in to the VSMP program by July 1 if they chose to operate the VSMP themselves.  Moreover, the Commonwealth’s Construction General Permit was revised significantly as well.  As with any new statewide program, there are many issues that needed to be addressed as implementation is underway. This roundtable forum will provide local government staff with the opportunity to share information, learn lessons from one another, and develop strategies that may benefit all of them should they be identified.  Stakeholders from the state and the private sector will be invited to participate as well.

Continuing Training and Coordination – GWRC intends to continue to convene, on a quarterly basis, the regional Stormwater Managers Technical Committee and to provide training and other collaborative opportunities as necessary during FY14.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Tim Ware, 540.373.2890; ware@gwregion.org

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

GWRC Coastal Technical Assistance Program Report, FY 2014 (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The George Washington Regional Commission(GWRC)  2014 Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program contained four components to provide technical assistance and support to the local governments of the GWRC Service area.  These components included 1) Continued quality control and assurance measures on the BMP inventory compiled in FY 2013 for Caroline County; 2) Development of Geodatabase files identifying the mapped locations of the soils amenable to infiltration or infiltrative stormwater management practices in Caroline County; 3) Organization of a regional roundtable forum to discuss the status of implementation of the VSMP at the local level ; and 4) the continuation of support for the Regional Stormwater Managers technical Committee.

All of the required data for Caroline County has be gathered as well as mapped. The final project included a separate GIS layer that identifies the most infiltrative soils (A&B soil ratings) in each locality that had NRCS data along with any associated attribute data.  This data may be found at Caroline County as well at GWRC.

The Regional Stormwater Managers Technical Committee continued to meet on a regular basis and was of great benefit to local government entities in understanding and complying with new stormwater regulations region- wide.

In addition to the regional forum to discuss the status of implementation of the VSMP at the local level, GWRC helped to coordinate and sponsor the Rappahannock River Basin Summit held on September 23, 2015 at the University of Mary Washington.  Over 75 participants attended and were briefed on a wide variety of stormwater and Chesapeake Bay related topics.  Materials and summaries may be obtained by contacting GWRC at ware @gwregion.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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