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

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Center for Coastal Resources Mgmt

Project Title:

Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support

Project Description:

The project provides operational support for tidal wetlands management technical support provided by Virginia Institute of Marine Science Wetlands Program staff.  The project will specifically support:
1) Advisory service to VMRC, shoreline property owners and local government staff, including maintenance and web service of historical permit records, and advisory database tracking.
2) Educational/ Outreach efforts to include a workshop on the VIMS campus, as well as the production and distribution of CCRM E-News, and Rivers and Coast publications.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Dawn Fleming, 804.684.7380,

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support FY 2016 Final Report (PDF)

Project Summary:

This project was the provision of tidal wetlands management technical support by the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) Wetlands Program staff.  Wetlands Program personnel provided routine advisories; produced materials for outreach education and newsletters; and maintained a permit database historic record website. Technical advisory activities encompassed everything from site visits to verbal communications and written environmental assessments handling information requests on a variety of coastal management issues.  Fall of 2016, CCRM implemented a change in advisory reviews of shoreline and marine projects. All VIMS advisories are now coordinated through the Office of Research and Advisory Service. Wetlands Program personnel provide input to the process via face to face meetings, phone calls and emails rather than a VIMS/CCRM Report. CCRM maintains a database to track provision of advice within and outside Virginia and CCRM provides a detailed report on the number and type of requests, who is requesting information and in what localities.  Pre-application and follow-up visits for living shorelines remain a priority.

The Wetlands Program was responsible for organizing, hosting and presenting the annual Tidal Wetlands Workshop held at VIMS on May 2, 2017, which was attended by 129 people.  This workshop, “Sustainable Shorelines in Action: Successful Applications & Incentives”, focused on permitting, financial, and regional scale incentives for sustainable shoreline best practices.  The program included presentations by CCRM, VMRC, Army Corps of Engineers, DEQ, SWCD, Middle Peninsula PDC and Wetlands Watch. Presentations are available online here  CCRM annually produces the Rivers & Coast newsletter; it covers one relevant topic in detail through the use of charts, graphs, maps and photos in an 8-page color publication.  This years’ topic was “Adapt Virginia: A new web portal about climate change adaptations”.   It is available online and is announced through CCRM’s quarterly e-newsletter to approximately 2500 email addresses which include local and state agency personnel, General Assembly members, and interested private citizens.  CCRM e-News, a quarterly newsletter, summarizes and communicates a variety of issues that support integrated management of coastal zone resources, announces pertinent publications, programs and events, and points the reader to more detailed information on the CCRM website (and others).  Although not a final product deliverable, CCRM continues to raise awareness and offer training to coastal planners and shoreline managers on the Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Portal and Coastal Best Management Practices education program.

CCRM continues to maintain and serve complete historical records for Joint Permit Applications with VMRC assigned numbers for years prior to 2010.  This searchable database is available here

To view any of the previously mentioned items, please see CCRM’s website ( 

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


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

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