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

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Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission 

Project Title:

Captain Sinclair’s Recreational Area Water Access Improvement and Native Coastal Landscaping Project 

Project Description as Proposed:

The Captain Sinclair’s Recreational Area, with approximately one mile of waterfront on the Severn River in Gloucester County, VA, is a recent gift to the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MPCBPAA), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia established by the General Assembly to provide public access to the waterways of the Middle Peninsula. The MPCBPAA is partnering with the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) to develop an overall use plan for the property compatible with the existing natural coastal landscape. 

This project centers around a 306A enhancement of Sinclair’s Landing by protecting and enhancing the local coastal landscape and minimizing wetland impacts associated with constructing public access improvements. A new pier is proposed to improve the current “walk in and over the wetlands” as part of the existing public access to public waters on the site.  Additionally, a Native Coastal Landscape design (NCL) will radiate away from the public access pier. The design will include the purchase and installation of native plants to enhance the coastal landscape around the site. The public often must struggle to walk over and through muddy wetlands to wade into the water to launch their boats as illustrated below.

This project will result in the completion of a 155 foot long x 8 foot wide open pile pier to bridge the wetlands (all permits are in hand, Virginia Marine Resources Commission permit #20013-0419, State Historic Preservation Offices Clearance, Army Corps of Engineers wetlands determination) to provide the general public and the Gloucester Rowing Association (GRA-Gloucester high school competitive rowing team aka “Crew Team”) the infrastructure needed to launch 60 foot shell boats and other non-motorized watercraft. The GRA has offered to donate a floating dock system towards the project to complete the pier.

MPPDC will oversee the completion of the pier and ramp necessary to access the donated Candock floating pier and make necessary parking site improvements to allow for universal access and parking. The courtesy or boarding pier for the site will not include boat slips and will be for the sole use of hand launching non-powered or small power boats from the Candock floating pier. The pier will be the required width to comply with ADA guidelines, at least 60 inches wide, and clear of obstructions.

GRA will donate for public use, a 9.5 foot X 80 foot 2003 floating Candock  http://www.candock.com/  to the project. Sales representatives from Candock estimated the resale value of the Candock at $12,000.  GRA is donating 21 dock poles, 8 inches diameter 2.5 Chromated Copper Arsenate 16 foot long, valued at $100 each.   Total match offered is $14,100 plus volunteer labor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) has delineated the wetlands and issued jurisdictional determinations within the project area.  As part of the ACOE review, an historic review of the site was conducted that resulted in no findings.

To minimize the visual impact of a new public launch facility, a Native Coastal Landscape (NCL) will be designed to radiate away from the public access pier (including the purchase and installation of native plants). MPPDC will procure in accordance with appropriate subsections of the Virginia Public Procurement Act (2.2-4300) a landscape designer experienced in the design and installation of native landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay region for the approximately 3 acres surrounding the house and public access pier. The plan will follow the list in “Native Plants for Conservation and Landscaping – Coastal Plain” developed by Natural Heritage and the NPS www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/nativeplants.shtml along with the Digital Atlas of Virginia Flora (http://www.vaplantatlas.org/) to identify plants specifically native to Gloucester Co. and incorporate habitat for wildlife especially songbirds.  As the NCL approaches buildings on the site, the plan will incorporate water conservation and stormwater management methods such as rain gardens, rain chains, and rain barrels where appropriate.

Federal Funding:

$39,977

Project Contact:

Beth Johnson, 804.758.2311; bjohnson@mppdc.com

Project Status:

2/1/15 - 11/30/15; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Captain Sinclairs Landing Public Access Improvements Final Report (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The Captain Sinclair’s Recreational Area, with approximately 1 mile of waterfront on the Severn River in Gloucester County, VA, was a gift to the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MPCBPAA), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia that was established to provide public access to the waterways of the Middle Peninsula. The MPCBPAA partnered with the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission to develop an overall use plan for the property compatible with the existing natural coastal landscape.

This project centered around protecting and enhancing the local coastal landscape and minimizing wetland impacts associated with public access and improvements to the property. A new pier was constructed to improve access to the Severn River.  A native coastal landscape was designed to radiate away from the public access pier and serve as a demonstration native landscape project for the public.
  
A 155 ft long x 8 ft wide open pile pier was installed to bridge the wetlands and provide the general public and the Gloucester Rowing Association the infrastructure needed to launch 60 ft shell boats and other non-motorized watercraft. The GRA donated a Candock floating dock system http://www.candock.com/  and dock poles to complete the pier. The courtesy or boarding pier is for the sole use of hand launching non-powered or small power boats and was designed and installed to comply with VMRC permit guidelines. Accessible parking will be completed as soon as soil conditions allow.

A landscape designer experienced in the design and installation of native landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay region was engaged to design a landscape for the approximately 3 acres surrounding the house and public access pier. The plan followed the lists in “Native Plants for Conservation and Landscaping – Coastal Plain” developed by Natural Heritage and the NPS www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/nativeplants.shtml and the Digital Atlas of Virginia Flora (http://www.vaplantatlas.org/) to identify plants native to Gloucester County, Virginia. A rain garden was installed at the rear entrance to the house and plants were also installed on the waterside.  Crushed clam shell will be installed around the house foundations and in the “formal gardens” as soon as soil conditions allow. Additional plants will be installed as funding is acquired in the future to complete the landscape design.  Approximately 26 acres of property in Mathews County Virginia became publicly held and available for public access upon deed recordation April 8, 2015.   The final report is available online at MPPDC website http://www.mppdc.com/index.php/reports/2015-reports 

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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