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

Project Task Number:

48

Grantee:

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Richmond Regional Technical Assistance

Project Description:

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission will provide policy and planning assistance to member localities as follows:

1. Technical Assistance Report
RRPDC staff will provide technical assistance to local governments in the Richmond Region for items such as environmental and intergovernmental reviews, grant applications, local and Chesapeake Bay TMDL planning, etc.

2. Coordination & Training Report
RRPDC will host quarterly meetings of local staff representatives who work with coastal resource management issues.

3. Issue Analysis/Special Project - Report on Local Implementation Advocacy
RRPDC staff will report on work completed in conjunction with the Groundwork RVA board to improve underserved communities in Richmond through projects that will improve water quality and quality of life.

4. Issue Analysis/Special Project – Report on Green Infrastructure Analysis
RRPDC staff will report on analysis using the updated forest core base layer compared to previous iterations of the dataset (2000 and 2008) to chart forest loss in the Richmond Region.  Other analysis will also be performed to provide insight into how growth and development in the region are impacting the green infrastructure network.

5. Benefits Accrued from Past CZM grants
RRPDC staff will summarize how projects funded by CZM grants in the past have produced measurable benefits.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Barbara Jacocks; 804.323.2033 x103; bjacocks@richmondregional.org

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Richmond Regional PDC Technical Assistance Final Report (PDF)

Project Summary:

Technical Assistance Report – RRPDC staff processed 53 environmental reviews and 31 intergovernmental reviews during the reporting period.

 

Coordination & Training Report – On December 8, 2015, RRPDC staff hosted an Environmental Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting.  RRPDC staff provided updates on a few items of interest including items related to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and local environmental news stories.  City of Richmond staff provided an update about RVA H20, the City’s integrated permit planning process.  The meeting concluded with a round robin discussion focusing on local program updates and the High Watermark Program slated for implementation in the City of Richmond.

On April 7, 2016, RRPDC staff facilitated an Environmental TAC meeting.  City of Richmond staff provided an overview of the RVA H2O process, the integrated permit planning process underway in the City of Richmond.  There was also a roundtable discussion about local program updates and considerations for educating elected officials and administrative personnel about the costs and requirements associated with environmental permitting and programs. 

On May 24, 2016, RRPDC staff facilitated an Environmental TAC meeting.  Discussion revolved around the best ways to educate local elected and administrative leaders about the programs, policies, and permit associated with the Clean Water Act.  The TAC resolved to start with a presentation to the RRPDC Board.

On June 17, 2016, RRPDC staff hosted an Environmental TAC meeting.  DEQ staff provided a training and Q & A session for local staff about a new BMP input web portal under development.

On July 14, 2016, a staff representative from the Environmental TAC provided an educational presentation to the RRPDC Board on the programs and permits related to the Clean Water Act.

On July 27, 2016, RRPDC staff hosted an Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Workshop for interested localities in the Richmond and Crater regions.  Staff from the Center for Watershed Protection provided presentations and related materials on efficient and effective operation of a local IDDE program. 

 

Report on Local Implementation Advocacy – RRPDC staff worked with Groundwork RVA to create and implement programs and projects that educate youth about water quality, green infrastructure and the environment and improve urban neighborhoods.  Projects range from youth educational programming to greenway planning and development, urban agriculture on vacant land, outdoor classrooms and pocket parks on vacant land.

 

Report on Green Infrastructure Analysis – RRPDC staff has analyzed the regional green infrastructure forest core layer.  A report will be provided in the Final Report.

 

Benefits Accrued - – RRPDC staff keeps a log of actions, projects, events, etc that can be included in this report.  Updates to the log are made throughout the year and were used to make the final report.

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


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