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

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93.01

Grantee:

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Cumulative and Secondary Impacts: Leveraging Economic Benefits of the Natural Resources of the Lower Chickahominy

Project Description:

Past mapping and ecological modeling have indicated that the lower Chickahominy River watershed boasts significant ecological resources.  Meanwhile the watershed is seeing increased pressure from the nearby urban areas of Richmond and Williamsburg for land conversion and development into residential and commercial areas. The Cumulative and Secondary Impacts: Leveraging Economic Benefits of the Natural Resources of the Lower Chickahominy strategy seeks to update aging ecological data for the area, value conservation in part through an economic study, and ultimately develop policy related to land conservation in the watershed.

The first year of the Cumulative and Secondary Impacts: Leveraging Economic Benefits of the Natural Resources of the Lower Chickahominy strategy will involve the creation of a project Steering Committee, mapping and geographic analysis, and the development of a Request for Proposals for an Economic Study of conservation in the lower Chickahominy watershed.  The Economic Study is currently planned to occur during the second year of this strategy.  

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission will coordinate, facilitate, and provide technical mapping and analysis support for the first year of the Cumulative and Secondary Impacts: Leveraging Economic Benefits of the Natural Resources of the Lower Chickahominy strategy.  RRPDC staff will facilitate Steering Committee meetings.  RRPDC staff will map and analyze geographical information related to land conservation, natural and ecological resources, and planning for Steering Committee discussion and future progress of the strategy.  RRPDC staff will also work with the Steering Committee and VCZM staff to draft and publish a RFP for the economic study planned to occur during the second year of this strategy.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Barbara Jacocks, 804.323.2033 x103, bjacocks@richmondregional.org

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Lower Chickahominy Watershed: Leveraging Economic Benefits of the Natural Resources of the Lower Chickahominy (PDF)

Project Summary:

Steering Committee Coordination and Facilitation – RRPDC staff coordinated the creation of a project Steering Committee that represents a diverse group of local and state agencies active in the watershed as well as non-profit stakeholders and two land conservancies.  RRPDC staff facilitated 2 in-person full committee meetings and several conference calls during the grant year.  The purpose of these meetings was to find common ground and discuss base-mapping completed by RRPDC staff, to produce and publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an economic study, and to select a contractor among proposals submitted in response to the RFP.

 

Mapping and Assessment – RRPDC staff finalized base maps of the study area.  Maps include: population density, conserved land, parcels and subdivisions showing the existing pattern of development, land cover, Virginia Ecological Value Assessment, floodplains, and wetlands. 

 

Economic Study RFP - In mid-May 2017, the RRPDC staff delivered to the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program a final RFP that had been developed in cooperation with members of the project Steering Committee.  The RFP sought proposals for a study on a broad range of topics including: the effectiveness of conservation programs, the value of natural resource protection, and the costs of natural resource protection.  Proposals were due to the VCZM Program by August 1, 2017.  In early August, members of the steering committee scored the proposals and scheduled interviews with candidate finalists.  The Steering Committee agreed to the selection of the George Mason University/Urban Analytics, Inc. team for the economic study.  The GMU/UAI team was chosen based on expertise in the field and experience on a similar study recently completed for Accomack and Northampton Counties.

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: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov

 

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Richmond, VA 23218
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