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

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Wetlands Watch

Project Title:

Designing a Natural Resilience Project Proposal Database for Virginia

Project Description:

Natural and nature-based features, such as wetlands, beaches and dunes, can help reduce the impacts of flooding and storm surge on coastal communities.  They also provide critical habitat and perform important water quality protection functions.  However over time, sea level rise and other impacts of climate change may diminish these features and the benefits they provide.  The Virginia CZM Program and others have recognized their importance and undertaken a number of initiatives to help sustain these areas.

One of the actions recommended in the Virginia CZM Program’s 2016 – 2020 Section 309 Coastal Hazards Strategy to help sustain these features is to develop a coastal resiliency database, or atlas, to identify potential natural resilience-building projects.  Projects could include the creation of living shorelines, the beneficial use of dredged materials, wetlands restoration, beach nourishment or other techniques to expand natural resiliency.  The goal of this project is to provide a tool that better positions Virginia to obtain grants from various funding sources and to develop an understanding of where natural resilience-building projects are being planned to inform a more strategic approach to coastal resilience.  The need for a tool like this has been highlighted through several grant opportunities that have been challenging for Virginia applicants given limited information on potential projects and short grant application timeframes.

In order to help address this need, Wetlands Watch will facilitate a collaborative effort among member agencies of the Virginia Coastal Policy Team, the Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources, and other stakeholders to investigate the creation of a sortable resilience project database.    The database would provide a repository for potential projects and a flexible tool for analyzing these projects.  Its design and process for maintaining data would be based on input gathered by Wetlands Watch from stakeholders and potential end users. The database would be maintained and likely evolve over time as potential projects are added, funded projects are completed and new data needs are identified.  In order to help develop the database, Wetlands Watch will 1) meet with stakeholders to identify end-user needs, the fields to be included in the database and assess the availability of project data, 2) develop a draft database, or “strawman”, based on this input, and 3) present this information and a plan for long-term maintenance of the database at a workshop of stakeholders.  The tool should be easily accessible to stakeholders and allow users to sort projects based on their individual needs as well as funding sources’ criteria.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Ross Weaver, 804.787.3533,

Project Status:

9/1/18 - 3/31/19; 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 or

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

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