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

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George Washington Regional Commission 

Project Title:

George Washington Regional Commission Coastal Zone Management Assistance 

Project Description:

The project offers three components to provide technical assistance and planning support to the local governments of the George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) service area. These components include: 1) the continuation of support for the Regional Storm water Managers Technical Committee; 2) planning and design of signage for storm water best management practices at public access areas throughout the planning district; and 3) benefits accrued from prior CZM grants.

The Regional Storm water Managers Technical Committee will continue to meet quarterly to discuss topics of mutual interest including any new or revised regulatory changes, best practices, and other matters important to the group. This group has been effective in facilitating and propagating the latest changes in the storm water regulations and best practices.  Members have participated well and given positive and constructive feedback.

Increasing public awareness about the importance of storm water management and the environmental value provided by related best management practices (BMPs) is a critical component of a successful storm water management program. The GW region has numerous BMP facilities which help to reduce storm water runoff and pollutant loads to local waterways. The technical assistance provided by the grant will enhance storm water education initiatives in the GW region through the development of BMP sign designs which describe the benefits provided by BMPs, connection to local water quality and the Chesapeake Bay, and steps citizens can implement to reduce their impact on storm water pollution. 

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Linda Millsaps, 540.642.1580;  

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

George Washington Regional Commission Coastal Zone Management Technical Assistance Program Report FY2017 (PDF)  

Project Summary:

Training and Coordination Activities

GWRC holds coordination/training meetings for the Regional Stormwater Managers Technical Committee and participates in Coastal PDC meetings with CZM staff. The Regional Stormwater Managers meetings are held quarterly and provide an opportunity to discuss topics of interest related to stormwater management and improve understanding of stormwater regulations and best practices.

This year, the Regional Stormwater Managers met on November 15th, March 13th, June 28th, and August 2nd. GWRC staff and their consultants participated in Coastal PDC meetings on November 8th, January 11th, and June 13th. GWRC staff also attended the Coastal Policy Team meeting on September 12th.

Stormwater Best Management Practices Signage

GWRC worked with its member localities to identify stormwater best management practices that are located within public access areas throughout the region. Five signs highlighting identified BMPs were designed, including the following:

  • Bioretention facility on the Canal Path/Heritage Trail in the City of Fredericksburg
  • Extended detention pond at Cedell Brooks, Jr. Park in King George County
  • Extended detention pond at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford County
  • Rain Garden at Dixon-Smith Middle School in Stafford County
  • Stormwater pond at Mountain View High School in Stafford County

GWRC provided the local jurisdictions with digital sign design files for each identified location, along with production cost estimates.

Benefits Accrued from Prior CZM Grants

During this grant year, GWRC continued to support the efforts of the Plant Central Rapp Natives campaign. GWRC successfully applied for a 306A CZM grant to install a native plant demonstration garden at Cedell Brooks, Jr. Park in King George County. This garden will help to further enhance the campaign by demonstrating how residents can incorporate native plants into their landscaping. 

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 or



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