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

Project Task:

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Grantee:

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Project Title:

Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support

Project Description as Proposed:

The project provides operational support for tidal wetlands management technical support provided by Virginia Institute of Marine Science Wetlands Program staff.  The project will specifically support:

1) Advisory service to VMRC, shoreline property owners and local government staff, particularly for more rural jurisdictions and with regard to the promotion of living shorelines

2) Educational/ outreach efforts to include a workshop on the VIMS campus, as well as the production and distribution of the CCRM E-News, Rivers and Coast and Virginia Wetlands Report newsletters

3) Maintenance of the on-line public permit records

Federal Funding:

$42,000

Project Contact:

Dawn Fleming, 804.684.7380; dawnf@vims.edu  

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This project was the provision of tidal wetlands management technical support by the Center for Coastal Resources Management Wetlands Program staff.  Wetlands Program personnel provided routine advisories; produced materials for outreach education and newsletters; and maintained a permit database historic record and website. Technical advisory activities encompassed everything from site visits to verbal communications and written environmental assessments handling information requests on a variety of coastal management issues.  As of Nov 2014, Wetlands Program personnel returned to writing VIMS Reports for all Joint Permit Applications involving shoreline erosion control activities advertised on local wetlands boards’ agendas.  The advice provided in the new VIMS Report is the preferred shoreline best management practice derived from the CCRMP’s (for localities where available) and/or the applicable CCRM Decision Trees. The reports are made available on CCRM and VMRC’s permit websites, in addition to being emailed to the local wetlands board members and staff, property owners, agents, and contractors. This technical advice continues to be tracked in a database maintained under this grant. As for living shorelines, site visits were made a priority and CCRM is now able to provide a detailed report on the number and type of requests, who is requesting information and in what localities.

The Wetlands Program was responsible for organizing, hosting and presenting at the annual Tidal Wetlands Workshop held at VIMS on June 5, 2015 which was attended by 72 people. This workshop, “Looking Backward & Forward: Adaptive Management for Virginia’s Tidal Shorelines”, included presentations, a breakout session for participants to share their ideas on the next steps in adaptive shoreline management, as well as indoor and outdoor information and activity stations highlighting examples of adaptive shoreline management.  CCRM produces two newsletters. The Virginia Wetlands Report serves to announce upcoming workshops and educational opportunities. The Rivers & Coast newsletter covers one relevant topic in detail through the use of charts, graphs, maps and photos in an 8-page color publication. Both newsletters are mailed to all local wetlands board members and their staff.  Additionally, they are available online and announced through CCRM’s quarterly e-newsletter to approximately 2000 email addresses which include local and state agency personnel, General Assembly members, and interested private citizens. CCRM e-News provides the reader with reminders, and quick links by summarizing a variety of issues that support integrated management of coastal zone resources, and by pointing the reader to more detailed information on our website. Although not a final product deliverable, CCRM continues to raise awareness and offer training to coastal planners and shoreline managers on our Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Portal and Coastal Best Management Practices education program.

The Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) is now serving permit records, including the joint permit application, VIMS permit review reports, and all related additional information at this website https://webapps.mrc.virginia.gov/public/habitat/. In an effort to not duplicate services using state funds, the Center for Coastal Resources Management and VA CZMP staff decided to stop populating our digital permit records website as of January 2015. CCRM continues to maintain and serve complete historical records for Joint Permit Applications with VMRC assigned numbers for years prior to 2010, including any additional information that may still be generated for those records.  This searchable database is available here http://ccrm.vims.edu/perms/newpermits.html. Use the VMRC website to access information regarding JPA records, including associated VIMS Wetlands Reports starting with the year 2010 to the current date.

To view any of the previously mentioned items, please see CCRM’s website (http://ccrm.vims.edu//).

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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