Virginia CZM Program: 2017 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Grantee:

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.  The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a 70-mile long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay that has remained as one of the few remaining rural regions on the Atlantic seaboard despite consistent pressure from future development. The region is unique for its vast wealth of coastal resources and natural-resource based economies. Around the turn of the 20th Century in the years following the construction of a rail line that allowed for expedited shipping of agricultural and seafood products to larger urban markets, Accomack and Northampton Counties were noted as the two wealthiest rural counties in the nation. Following this thriving period the region’s population and economies regressed due to challenges in environmental sustainability and geographic isolation. While nearly all other coastal communities have flourished along the Atlantic seaboard, the Eastern Shore continues to pursue opportunities and to persevere against challenges facing its rural communities. The following activities proposed for the FY2017 Technical Assistance Program have been developed in a manner that will benefit the Eastern Shore as its communities work towards establishing a sustainable, viable, and prosperous future.

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 to coordinate efforts amongst local, state, and federal representatives of government, aquaculture, agriculture, and community organizations. The CAWG along with other A-NPDC efforts such as the Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee, which has successfully managed the region’s EPA-designated sole source aquifers since 1990, are working to ensure a productive and sustainable future for Eastern Shore residents and the natural environment.

During FY2017, A-NPDC will publish and distribute the biweekly CAWG Newsletter, staff the quarterly CAWG meetings, 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, work with the groundwater consultant to update both Accomack and Northampton County Water Supply Plans, work with the USGS to acquire electromagnetic logging data, 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 facilitate a series of presentations and discussions and present a draft operating agreement and draft governing By-Laws to guide the formation of the Eastern Shore Water Access Authority.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Shannon Alexander, 757.787.2936 ext. 115; salexander@a-npdc.org

Project Status:

10/1/17 - 9/30/18; 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 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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