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

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Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Project Title:

A-NPDC Technical Assistance Program

Project Description:

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) serves two counties and 19 incorporated towns on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  To better plan and mitigate risks associated with climate change and sea level rise, the A-NPDC assumed the role of lead agency for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Climate Adaptation Working Group (CAWG) in 2012. The CAWG along with other A-NPDC efforts such as the Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee, are working to ensure a productive and sustainable future for Eastern Shore residents and the natural environment.

During FY2016, A-NPDC will publish and distribute the CAWG Newsletter, offer coastal management training opportunities for local government staff, and coordinate public education efforts.  Furthermore, the A-NPDC will continue to staff the Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee, provide GIS services, conduct state and federal environmental reviews, and work with local governments and organizations to address coastal management issues.  The A-NPDC will work with stakeholders in the Town of Chincoteague to enhance and update the Walking & Biking Tour of Historic Chincoteague Island, providing accurate maps and printed brochures for local distribution. In addition, the A-NPDC will provide a digital version and make it available to the Town, Chamber of Commerce, Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, and local Tourism Commission for online publication and availability.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Shannon Alexander, 757.787.2936 x115,

Project Status:

10/1/16 - 9/30/17; Project Completed

Final Product:

Accomack-Northampton Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program FY 2016 (PDF)

Project Summary:

The FY2016 program included support of the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Working Group, coordination of 15 training & outreach programs; technical assistance to local, state, & federal government organizations; staff support of the Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee; and attendance at the VCZMP and Coastal PDC meetings. Over half a million dollars in grant funds & staff time was leveraged to aid the completion of multiple projects related to the goals presented in the scope of work for FY2016.

The Climate Adaptation Working Group Newsletters were distributed to over 200 persons from local, state, and federal representatives of government, aquaculture, agriculture, and community organizations. It is also distributed to the public and available online. It consists of collected local, regional, national, and international research and news items and planning tools as related to climate change, sea level rise, and hazard mitigation. The Group met in May and is scheduled to meet in November as well. 

The A-NPDC coordinated 15 training & outreach programs including four public education events about groundwater hydrology, a Floodplain Managers Workshop, a Household Hazardous Waste Collection, and presentations on future impacts from sea level rise and coastal resiliency. These programs were attended by about 1,600 individuals from the public, private, and governmental sectors involving various stakeholder groups.

The A-NPDC partnered with over 50 agencies during FY2016 in a variety of activities ranging from participating in the ES Watersheds Network; developing adaptation strategies for climate change and sea level rise on the Eastern Shore, and participating in a Working Waterfronts Coalition for Rural Virginia. The A-NPDC used VCZMP grant funds to leverage services and complete projects on 12 occasions including funding the consulting hydrogeologist to the ES Ground Water Committee, completing the hazard mitigation plan for local governments, serving on numerous local & state committees & workgroups, and participating in numerous workshops and seminars. A-NPDC staff performed historical searches using the VA Dept. of Historic Resources Data Sharing System. A-NPDC responded to more than 37 information requests from private, local, state, and federal organizations and individuals.

The Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee held 9 meetings and the staff conducted 1 public workshop, 2 student education events, and 1 public educational booth. Additionally, the Committee maintained an awards program & Committee website, conducted a Household Hazardous Waste Collection, commented on state regulatory actions, created 1 summary fact sheet, began an educational video, and maintained the ES Groundwater Resource Protection and Preservation Plan and Water Supply Plans.

The A-NPDC coordinated with the Town of Chincoteague, the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce and Certified Visitor Center, the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, and other stakeholders to update the information and maps in the Walking & Biking Tour of Historic Chincoteague Island brochure. The brochure was made available digitally, posted online ( uploads/New_Historic_Chincoteague_Brochure_ReducedFile.pdf), and 2,500 printed copies were supplied to the Chamber of Commerce for distribution.

The A-NPDC created a compilation of VCZM Grants and described additional benefits accrued since completion.

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:

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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