Virginia CZM Program: 2016 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Project Title:

Coastal Program Management

Project Description:

This task covers management of the Virginia CZM Program, administering of all open tasks in this award  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 FY2016.  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, 10- Seaside Restoration, 11,  41 A-N PDC TA Program,  49-Marine Mammal/Sea Turtle Stranding, and 95 Virginia Ocean Resources Strategy, and the Section 310 Marine Debris Shoreline Survey (Task 81). The Manager will continue to serve on MARCO’s Management Board and as its Chair through June of 2017. She leads the every other week Board conference calls and in-person meetings ~3 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 and will serve as state “champion” for further development and implementation of 4 of the 6 “Healthy Ocean Ecosystem” and  the 3 “Portal” actions in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan. The Virginia CZM Program Manager supervises staff within Tasks 1.01, 1.02, 1.03 and 1.04.  The CZM Manager will begin planning for the November 16-17, 2016 Biennial Coastal Partners Workshop. Finally, she will oversee completion of year 1 Ocean and Marine Debris Strategy grants for the 2016-2020 Section 309 strategy.

The Coastal Planner will work on grants in year 1 of the 2016- 2020 Section 309 grant cycle, especially the Working Waterfronts, and Land Conservation in the Chickahominy Watershed CSI strategy projects.   She will also write magazine articles. The Coastal Planner will work with specific Section 306 projects with two planning district commissions on regional native plant campaigns, and will oversee  Tasks 52 and 53 306-A public access construction projects. The Task 1.01 Coastal Planner also works with 4 of the 8 coastal planning district commissions on technical assistance. 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 drafts meeting summaries of the Coastal Policy Team and others as needed.  She 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, and 310); development and submittal of reprogramming and extension requests; and any Section 309 PSM or other applications.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Laura McKay, 804.698.4323;

Project Status:

10/1/16 - 3/31/18; Project Open

Final Product:


Project Summary:


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

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