Virginia CZM Program: 2015 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:



Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Project Title:

Coastal Program Management

Project Description as Proposed:

This task covers management of the Virginia CZM Program, administering of all open grants and   participation in  the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean and Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body. Three positions are funded through Task 1.01. 

The CZM Program Manager chairs the interagency Coastal Policy Team and will hold at least two meetings during FY2015.  She oversees CZM Program policy development, grants, communication/ outreach (including identifying topics and writing articles for the magazine) and GIS efforts. She will guide activities under Tasks 1.01 – 1.04, 2,3, 7, 9 - Land Acquisition, Task 10 Seaside Restoration, Task 41 A-N PDC TA Program, Task 49 Marine Mammal/Sea Turtle Stranding, Task 95 Virginia Ocean Resources Strategy, and the continuing FY13 Section 310 Marine Debris Shoreline Survey (Task 81) which is extended through Dec 2015. She will continue to manage the FY 2014 Marine Debris – Balloon Social Marketing $50k grant from NOAA.  The Manager will continue to serve on MARCO’s Management Board and is expected to become the Chair in summer 2015. She participates in the weekly conference calls and in-person meetings 3-4 times per year. She chairs MARCO’s Ocean Mapping & Data Team which oversees improvements to MARCO’s Ocean Data Portal as well as engaging stakeholders to create and vet ocean data.  She will continue as one of  Virginia’s two representatives to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) where she serves as the state co-Chair of the Data Synthesis Work Group. The CZM Manager will continue to oversee a $200k award from BOEM and the Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals & Energy for Collaborative Fisheries Planning around Virginia’s Wind Energy Area which will conclude in spring of 2016.  The Virginia CZM Program Manager supervises staff within Tasks 1.01, 1.02, 1.03 and 1.04.  Late in this grant year the CZM Manager will begin planning for the December 2016 Biennial Coastal Partners Workshop. Finally, she will oversee development of the first round of grants (FY16) for the 2016-2020 final Section 309 strategy.

The Coastal Planner will work on grants in the final year of the 2011- 2016 Section 309 grant cycle, especially the Working Waterfronts and Water Quality CSI strategy projects.  She will assist with land conservation projects and  write magazine articles. The Coastal Planner works with specific Section 306 projects with two planning district commissions on regional native plant campaigns, and will oversee several 306-A public access construction projects.  The Task 1.01 Coastal Planner also works with the coastal planning district commissions on technical assistance grants and asissts the CZM Manager in intergovernmental coordination activities. The Coastal Planner in Task 1.01 will work with the Coastal Planner in Task 1.03 to update the enforceable policies of the Virginia CZM Program.

The Grants Coordinator/ Outreach Specialist provides maintenance and operation of the grants database and troubleshoots administrative issues with grantees. Duties include data entry and report production, reminders, applications, contracts, etc. This position prepares meeting summaries of the Coastal Policy Team and others as needed.  The Grants Coordinator organizes submission of performance measures to NOAA and ensures all reporting guidelines are followed for Section A, B and C reports.  This position works with the Outreach Coordinator (Task 1.02) to develop and disseminate outreach materials and represent the Virginia CZM Program at outreach functions. 

Grant activities undertaken by all staff include: development, monitoring and reporting on all grants (CZM Sections 306/306A, 309, 309 Projects of Special Merit, 310, BOEM/DMME and NOAA Marine Debris) for all open grant years (FY ’12, ‘13 and ‘14); development and submittal of reprogramming and extension requests; and development of the FY '16 CZM award and any Section 309 PSM or other applications.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Laura McKay; 804.698.4323;

Project Status:

10/1/15 - 3/31/17; 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

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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