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

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Crater Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Crater Planning District Commission Technical Assistance Program

Project Description:

The Crater staff will work with the Commission’s Environmental Resources Management Task Force comprised of the planning directors of the Crater Planning District to carry out this Technical Assistance program.

The Commission staff will assist tidewater communities with environmental impact reviews, provide technical assistance, coordination, training, and staff support to the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Mark Bittner, 804.861.1666;

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Virginia Coastal Zone Management Project Final Deliverable Products Report (PDF)

Project Summary:

Product #1 – Environmental Impact Reviews

Commission staff reviewed 34 Environmental Impact Reports during the past year.The projects were varied and included wastewater treatment facilities, solar power plant operations, energy pipelines, shoreline stabilization, National Guard facilities, university facilities, hotel and apartment developments, a state park cabin facility, and grant funding applications.

Product #2 – Report on Coastal Meetings

Two (2) coastal meetings were held during the past year (2017 - 2018): January 24 and June 12.In addition to local government and Crater PDC staff, representatives from the following entities attended at least once: Fort Lee, The Cameron Foundation, The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR).

Product #3 – Coastal Training

The Commission sponsored several training sessions on the following topics:1) Biking and Pedestrian Facilities in the Netherlands, 2) Geologic Mapping Priorities in Virginia, 3) Appomattox River Trail Master Plan, and 4) RPA Determination.

Product #4 – FOLAR (Friends of the Lower Appomattox River)

The Commission staff continued its ongoing support for FOLAR by providing financial administration, meeting facilitation, website maintenance ( ), participation in river events, map production, office space, and grants administration.It continued to employ permanent part-time staff to handle its administrative duties.

FOLAR continued to implement its Appomattox River “Trail Master Plan” and a “Trail Brand Identity and Signage Master Plan”.The Lower Appomattox River is a major tributary of the James River that meanders 23 miles eastward through six Virginia localities.It begins at the Lake Chesdin Brasfield Dam in Chesterfield County, flows through Dinwiddie County, the Cities of Petersburg and Colonial Heights, Prince George County, and converges with the James River at historic City Point in the City of Hopewell.

Product #5 – Benefits Accrued From Prior CZM Grants

Commission staff maintained its Appomattox River Interpretive guide and online application: .

Additional Environmental Matters

Commission staff participated in several other environmental activities including the Richmond Area Environmental Education Network, Chesapeake Bay WIP III Planning, solid waste reporting, the Albemarle-Chowan Roundtable, the Middle James Roundtable, the Chesapeake Conservancy, floodplain analysis, and the Beaches to Bluegrass Trail.The Crater PDC attended the following environmental meetings:

  • October 23, 2017 – Middle James Roundtable
  • November 8, 2017 – Fall Coastal PDC Meeting
  • June 13, 2018 – Spring Coastal PDC Meeting
  • August 28, 2018 – Surry County Trails Meeting
  • September 12, 2018 – Coastal Policy Team Meeting

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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