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

Project Task:

2

Grantee:

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Project Title:

EIR and Federal Consistency

Project Description as Proposed:

The following activities will be performed as part of this project:

  • Conduct federal consistency reviews of activities which can affect Virginia's coastal uses and resources pursuant to the CZMA and the federal consistency regulations.
     
  • Coordinate Virginia's review of environmental documents for development of federal and state facilities and actions in Tidewater, Virginia which require federal approvals or assistance.
     
  • Continue to update Virginia's EIR manual and federal consistency information packages as necessary to reflect legislative and policy changes. 

  • Provide interpretation of federal consistency requirements to federal agencies, applicants for federal permits, approvals, or funding, and consultants preparing consistency determinations or certifications.
     
  • Provide technical assistance to state reviewers and local government officials on the use of federal consistency and conduct group trainings (when there are opportunities to do so) at workshops sponsored by other agencies.
     
  • Maintain and update the EIR/Federal Consistency website.
     
  • Ensure public participation in the review of federal consistency documents to include publishing notices of consistency reviews in appropriate media such as DEQ’s website, Town Hall Register, local newspapers and holding public hearings when necessary.

  • Digitize files for integration into DEQ’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system.
     
  • Conduct site visits as necessary.

Federal Funding:

$205,700

Project Contact:

Bettina Sullivan; 804.698.4204; bettina.sullivan@deq.virginia.gov

Project Status:

10/1/15 - 9/30/16; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Final Project Summary serves as Final Product 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

During the period of October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016, the Office of Environmental Impact Review/Federal Consistency (OEIR) reviewed 147 development projects and management plans for consistency with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCP).   Federal consistency reviews included 94 federal actions and 63 federally funded projects. The 94 federal actions included 55 federal agency activities, 39 federal licenses and approvals, and 0 outer continental shelf projects. The 55 federal agency activities included 20 projects submitted under the residual category pursuant to the federal consistency regulation (15 CFR 930.31(c)), which consisted of U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mortgage insurance projects an done U. S. Department of Agriculture project.   All federal consistency determinations and federal consistency certifications were completed within the established legal deadlines. 

During FY 2016, OEIR issued one conditional concurrence for the Wormley Creek Federal Navigation Project submitted by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).   Virginia’s conditional concurrence was warranted due to concerns that the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) had regarding the fisheries management enforceable policy.  The conditions of the Virginia’s concurrence of the Federal Consistency Determination (FCD) included the USACE receiving a permit for impacts to fisheries, tidal wetlands, and encroachments over state-owned submerged lands.

During FY 2016, two projects reviewed under Subpart D were revised based on Virginia’s review:

Camp Peary – Construction of Building 1120:  After consultation with DEQ, Camp Peary agreed to modify the site plan for the proposed dormitory by removing encroachments into the Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area to ensure consistency with the coastal lands management enforceable policy.

US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services Relocation and Expansion:  DLA agreed to abide by the DEQ’s recommendation to prevent unauthorized activity within a Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area to ensure consistency with the coastal lands management enforceable policy.

On January 28, 2016, DEQ hosted training for representatives of the agencies and programs that administer the enforceable policies of Virginia’s Coastal Zone Management Program.  Kerry Kehoe of the NOAA Office for Coastal Management conducted the training focusing on the Coastal Zone Management Act. 

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 toVirginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov

 

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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