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

Project Task Number:



Crater Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Crater PDC Technical Assistance Program

Project Description:

The Crater staff will work with the Commission’s Environmental Resources Management Task Force comprised of the planning directors of the Crater Planning District to carry out this Technical Assistance program.  The Commission staff will assist tidewater communities with environmental impact reviews, provide technical assistance, coordination, training, and staff support to the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR).

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Mark Bittner; 804.861.1666;

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Virginia Coastal Zone Management Project - Final Deliverable Products Report Task 42, Technical Assistance Program (PDF) 

Project Summary:

Product #1 – Environmental Impact Reviews
Commission staff reviewed 40 Environmental Impact Reports during the past year.  The projects were varied and included military applications, nuclear power plant discharge, interstate interchange reconstruction, energy pipelines, and grant funding applications. 

Product #2 – Report on Coastal Meetings
Four (4) quarterly meetings were held during the past year (2015 - 2016): October 14, January 29, March 24, and July 12.  In addition to local government and Crater PDC staff, representatives from the following entities attended at least once: Fort Lee, The Virginia Department of Transportation, The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR). 

Product #3 – Coastal Training
The Commission sponsored several training sessions on the following topics:  1) Virginia Outdoors Plan Update, 2) Appomattox River Interpretive Guide, 3) Dominion Virginia Power Projects, 4) Rural Transportation Planning and Environmental Impacts, 5) Appomattox River Trail Master Plan, 6) Appomattox River Trail Branding and Signage Plan, and 7) Regional Resiliency.  Details for most of these topics are in the previous section.

Product #4 – FOLAR (Friends of the Lower Appomattox River)
The Commission staff continued its ongoing support for FOLAR by providing financial administration, meeting facilitation, website maintenance ( ), participation in river events, map production, office space, and grants administration.  It continued to employ permanent part-time staff to handle its administrative duties.

FOLAR also received a $100,000 grant from the Cameron Foundation to produce an Appomattox River “Trail Master Plan” and a “Trail Brand Identity and Signage Master Plan”.  The Lower Appomattox River is a major tributary of the James River that meanders 23 miles eastward through six Virginia localities.  It begins at the Lake Chesdin Brasfield Dam in Chesterfield County, flows through Dinwiddie County, the Cities of Petersburg and Colonial Heights, Prince George County, and converges with the James River at historic City Point in the City of Hopewell.

Product #5 – Benefits Accrued From Prior CZM Grants
Commission staff maintained our Appomattox River Interpretive guide and online application: .

Additional Environmental Matters
Commission staff participated in several other environmental activities including the Richmond Area Environmental Education Network, Chesapeake Bay TMDL Planning, solid waste reporting, the Albemarle-Chowan Roundtable, the Middle James Roundtable, the Chesapeake Conservancy, floodplain analysis, and the Beaches to Bluegrass Trail.  The Crater PDC attended the following environmental meetings:

• May 3, 2016 – Coastal PDCs at the Hampton Roads PDC
• May 17, 2016 – Albemarle-Chowan Watershed Roundtable
• May 18, 2016 – Virginia Association of Wetland Professionals Annual Meeting
• September 14, 2016 – Middle James Roundtable
• September 20, 2016 – CZM Policy Team

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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