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

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Grantee:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission Technical Assistance

Project Description:

The Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC) FY17 environmental work program will consist of eight work tasks:

1. Provide coastal management support to local governments, planning commissions, local planning staff, as well as the Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC) and the Northern Neck Master Gardeners Shoreline Evaluation Program. NNPDC staff will provide technical assistance when needed to local governments, and GIS analysis of land development proposals, land conversion and land use plans as well as maps of wetlands, aerial photographs, elevation and/or topographic features.

2. Support local planning, staff education, training and coordination through quarterly Coastal Managers Meetings and four local government Training Sessions. Meetings and Training Sessions will invite staff from local governments and planning organizations to include Land Use and Zoning Administrators, Planners and other stakeholders. Training sessions will be targeted to assist localities in better managing coastal resources and improving water quality, and may be conducted by Federal, State or Not for Profit entities.

3. Coordinate with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in regional water supply planning for the purposes of updating the Regional Water Supply Plan.

4. Continue to manage the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program for home elevations through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency. The NNPDC assists homeowners to mitigate future storm damage to homes in low-lying or flood-prone areas. This program enhances resiliency for small coastal communities in the Northern Neck.  NNPDC staff will coordinate regional hazard mitigation planning for the purposes of updating the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

5. Coordinate with local and regional stakeholders to implement a program in support of living shorelines as a technique for coastal resilience and a means for maintaining water quality. The program will educate local government staff, landowners and local contractors in the use and benefits of living shorelines.  The program will include the installation of five living shoreline demonstration sites throughout the region to promote the practice.

6. Coordinate with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in regional TMDL review.

7. Participate on the Management Team of the Virginia Oyster Trail to develop vibrant and resilient coastal economies.  NNPDC is serving as fiscal agent for an Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Grant for implementation of the Virginia Oyster Trail.  NNPDC staff assists the trail by enrolling businesses, and delivering technical assistance to local businesses to increase connectivity and sustainability among the coastal regions of Virginia.

8. Create a report that highlight the benefits that were accrued during the grant period based on previous VACZM Grants.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

John Bateman, 804.313.8478; jbateman@nnpdc17.state.va.us

Project Status:

10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018; Project Completed

Final Product:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program Technical Assistance Grant FY 17, Task 45 Final Report (PDF)  

Project Summary:

NNPDC staff provided coastal management support to local governments, planning commissions, the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, Northern Neck Master Gardeners Shoreline Evaluation Program, Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority and other environmental groups.  

Support provided includes environmental assessment review, project development, GIS analysis, mapping services, intergovernmental review and planning to assess coastal issues.  

Other support included planning and grant writing for a stormwater and nutrient management project for the Town of Warsaw, participation in a viewshed analysis of regionally significant waterways, and collaboration in projects pertaining to eco-tourism and coastal resource dependent industries.  

NNPDC staff held four local planning, training and coordination events that focused on coastal community resiliency, coastal hazard mitigation, coastal resource management and water quality.  Coordination and training events were attended by various stakeholders including local planning and land use staff, regional planning staff and were conducted in collaboration with Federal, State and Not for Profit entities.  

  • NNPDC staff coordinated the Regional Water Supply Plan update in collaboration with DEQ.  The update included an assessment of the region’s water supply and demand in an effort to mitigate the impacts of being in a groundwater management area.  
  • NNPDC staff coordinated the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan update in collaboration with VDEM and FEMA.  The update included a comprehensive risk assessment and the development of a mitigation strategy for a myriad of hazards the region faces.  NNPDC staff assisted Lancaster and Northumberland Counties in the administration of several home elevations in partnership with VDEM and FEMA.  NNPDC staff worked with VDEM and FEMA to submit applications for the elevation of 13 homes, 2 of which were funded in 2017 and are currently under construction.  
  • NNPDC staff initiated a living shoreline program for the region.  The effort included the identification of critical stakeholders and their respective roles in supporting living shorelines and other natural and nature-based features as techniques for coastal resilience and a means for maintaining water quality.  The program oversaw the installation of four living shoreline demonstration sites across the region (not constructed with CZM funds) and the identification of three additional sites.  
  • NNPDC staff coordinated with DEQ in a regional TMDL review.  The project included, but was not limited to, the review of implementation plans for the Yeocomico River and the Upper Rappahannock River.  
  • NNPDC staff participated in the implementation of the Virginia Oyster Trail through presentations and public meetings.  Efforts focused on the development of the Virginia Oyster Community Toolkit and increasing the economic resiliency of coastal communities through stakeholder engagement.  NNPDC staff tracked measurable benefits accrued from previous grant products that have served as a foundation for additional projects.  Some of those benefits include a plan to update the Northern Neck Water Trail Network to increase public access to the trail network and to create uniformity with water trails on the Eastern Shore and Middle Peninsula for inclusion in virginiawatertrails.org.  Another benefit included additional meetings of the Watermen’s Heritage Training Program in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, emphasizing to watermen the importance and relevance of telling their stories to students, visitors and the general public.  Indirectly attributable, VACZM has funded a video and storymap project that will educate the public and promote watermen by telling the story of working waterfront industries across coastal Virginia.  Other benefits include the identification and approval of additional land donations to the Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority and the development of action plans for donated sites. 

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 or April.Bahen@deq.virginia.gov.

 


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