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

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Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Project Title:

Virginia Ocean Plan: Community Specialist

Project Description as Proposed:

DEQ will provide a Community Involvement Specialist at 15% of her time to assist the VA Ocean Planning Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator in Task 95.01.  The Stakeholder Coordinator will work with the DEQ Community Involvement Specialist under the direction of the Virginia CZM Program Manager, to continue the engagement of the Virginia ocean stakeholders through personal contact, public meetings, PGIS workshops and other techniques to refine the offshore ocean management objectives for various uses such as commercial and recreational fishing, energy development, conservation, sand mining, military activities, and transportation. VCU and DEQ staff will also advance implementation of the Virginia Marine Debris reduction Plan (VMDRP).  

The VCU Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator funded through Task 95.01 will be a primary point of contact for coordinating, outreach and engagement of ocean stakeholders, arranging and establishing meetings, and communicating with sector stakeholders. Outreach and facilitation of stakeholder meetings will be summarized and analyzed such that a Virginia perspective on management objectives will be available for informing the National Ocean Council’s Mid-Atlantic “Regional Planning Body.”   The DEQ Community Involvement Specialist funded through this task has expertise in facilitation to maximize input from the various ocean stakeholders.

During the previous grants (FY11,12 and 13), extensive efforts were conducted to advance the development of the VMDRP including a Summit, strategic planning exercises and a social science-based approach to develop the Plan. The focus under this contract will be implementation of actions identified in the VMDRP through strategic partnerships with the Longwood University Clean Virginia Waterways, Virginia Aquarium, VA Sea Grant, VIMS and the DEQ Pollution Prevention Program and others. A particular focus for FY14 will be refinement and implementation of strategies that may result in new enforceable policies such as the seeking of authority from Virginia’s General Assembly for local governments to adopt local ordinances that would result in reduction of marine debris.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Laura McKay, 804.698.4323;

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:


Project Summary Provided by Grantee:


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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