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

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Project Title:

Virginia Ocean Plan

Project Description:

Virginia Commonwealth University will provide an Environmental Scientist/Analyst to serve as the VA Ocean Planning Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator. The Stakeholder Coordinator will work 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. 

The VCU staff 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.”   

Partnering with the Monmouth Project Team, the staff will assist with the data analysis and outreach to the Ports, Renewable Energy developers, Defense, Fishing community, Recreational users and Transportation sectors when such sectors are contacted regarding Virginia-based activities. 

The Coordinator will participate in the MARCO Action Teams as needed but particularly the Ocean Mapping & Data Team (which works with stakeholders to develop and vet data) and Water Quality (which intends to work on marine debris issues).  The Coordinator will also assist the VA CZM Manager with work undertaken for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body. 

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Greg Garman; 804.828.1574;

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Virginia Ocean Plan Final Report (PDF)

Project Summary:

No Final Project Summary has been received.

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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