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

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Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Project Title:

NVRC Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program 

Project Description:

The Technical Assistance grants provided by the Coastal Zone Management program have been integral in supporting coastal-related technical assistance to Northern Virginia localities since 1992.  The Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s Coastal Program Manager will work closely with local planning staff and elected officials in coastal cities and counties, as well as state agencies and the public, to provide advice and assistance in making planning decisions pursuant to the goals and priorities of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP). For FY17, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) proposes the following efforts to continue the promotion of collaborative endeavors concerning coastal resources.

Local Coordination, Training, and Technical Assistance
NVRC will provide policy, planning, or technical assistance as needed to staff and elected officials in coastal cities and counties, as well as state agencies and the public. NVRC will convene four regional workshops, meetings, or trainings for land managers on topics of local interest and/or that promote collaborative measures for discussing or addressing Virginia CZMP goals.  These topics may include water quality, habitat restoration, coastal resiliency, new policies and procedures, public access, working waterfronts, and other relevant topics. These meetings are a principal means of promoting communication among local government staff and others.

Additionally, NVRC staff will participate in planning ongoing local and regional forums, including the Potomac Watershed Roundtable and the Northern Virginia Urban Forestry Roundtable.

Special Project
Since 2003, NVRC has managed the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners Regional Social Marketing Campaign.  Technical assistance funds will continue to support the overall administration of this program, including the acquisition of leveraged funding from partners, the development of website content and promotional materials, and procurement of contractual services such as cable advertising and post campaign surveys. 

An annual survey will be conducted through online polls to better understand the level of awareness of Northern Virginians on pollution-causing behaviors and to what degree the campaign messages encourages them to take action and change their behaviors.  These results will continue to inform the messages placed in campaign advertisements including the campaign website -, public service announcements and other multi-media promotional materials. 

Federal Consistency and Coordination
NVRC will continue to review and comment on consistency determinations as needed.   This includes Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Impact Reviews.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Corey Miles, 703.642.4625;  

Project Status:

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

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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