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

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Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Project Title:

New Eastern Shore Kiosks: Atlantic Coast and Bayside Interpretive Signage

Project Description:

A team of project partners (Departments of Conservation & Recreation and Game & Inland Fisheries, Marine Resources Commission, US Fish & Wildlife Service , The Nature Conservancy, Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission and the Virginia CZM Program), have identified the need for a more coordinated approach to communicating information about the seaside of Virginia’s Eastern Shore that will increase the public’s understanding not only of the ecological importance of the area but also the recreational opportunities that exist and associated visitor and access policies in place to preserve the natural integrity of the system.  Local Town representatives have expressed the need to have interpretive signage at access points to tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay to improve understanding of the resources and sensitivity of the habitats in the region.

This project will fund fabrication and installation of five new interpretive kiosks at public access points along Virginia’s Atlantic and Bayside coasts, the Atlantic coast locations determined in conjunction with Task 73.01. The new interpretive signage will point out the ecological value, management scenarios and ecotourism opportunities of the near shore environment as well as other ecological and/or recreational points of interest to be determined by the project teams (e.g. offshore canyon habitats, marine debris).

Design and content of the website and updated kiosk panels for the five existing kiosks on the Atlantic Coast of the Eastern Shore funded under Task 73.01 will be used for the three new kiosks on the Atlantic Coast funded under this task. These three new kiosks will have a consistent look and message architecture as the five updated kiosks developed under Task 73.01 and will present key information to visitors regarding ecotourism opportunities and responsibilities in the area. The two new Bayside kiosks will be modeled after the new interpretive panels located in the Town of Cape Charles (Grant #NA06NOS4190241) to ensure consistency in outreach in the region and in preparation for development of a new Bayside Water Trail to be completed in the coming years.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Shannon Alexander, 757.787.2936 x115,

Project Status:

10/1/17 - 12/31/18; 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

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to or

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