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Virginia CZM Program: 2018 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Project Title:

Coastal Program Management

Project Description:

This task covers management of the Virginia CZM Program, administering of all open tasks in this award  and participation in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean and Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body. Three positions are funded through Task 1.01. All three staff in this task will work on help prepare for and conduct the November 14-15 Biennial Coastal Partners Workshop.

The CZM Program Manager chairs the interagency Coastal Policy Team and will hold at least two meetings during FY 2018.  She oversees CZM Program policy development, grants, communication/ outreach (including identifying topics and writing articles for the magazine) and GIS efforts. She will guide activities under Tasks 1.01 – 1.04, 2,3, 7, 9 - Land Acquisition,  41 A-N PDC TA Program,  49-Marine Mammal/Sea Turtle Stranding, and 71-72 Promoting Shellfish Aquaculture and Ecotourism. She will  oversee completion of year 3 of the Ocean and Marine Debris Strategy grants for the 2016-2020 Section 309 strategy.

The Manager will continue to serve on MARCO’s Management Board. She will continue to chair MARCO’s Ocean Mapping & Data Team which oversees improvements to MARCO’s Ocean Data Portal as well as engaging stakeholders to create and vet ocean data.  She will continue as one of  Virginia’s two representatives to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) where she serves as the State Co-lead along with a federal and tribal co-lead.  She will serve as state “champion” for implementation of 4 of the 6 “Healthy Ocean Ecosystem” actions and the 3 “Portal” actions in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan. The Virginia CZM Program Manager supervises staff within Tasks 1.01, 1.02 (including writing magazine articles), 1.03 and 1.04.

The Coastal Planner will assist with Coastal Policy Team meetings and present information on specific topics. She will work on grants planned for year three of the 2016-2020 Section 309 grant cycle, especially the Working Waterfronts, and Land Conservation in the Chickahominy Watershed CSI strategy projects.   She will also write magazine articles. The Coastal Planner will work with specific Section 306 projects with two planning district commissions on regional native plant campaigns, and will oversee relevant tasks awarded through the CZM competitive grant process, including Task 73 306A Signage Updates. The Task 1.01 Coastal Planner works with 4 of the 8 coastal planning district commissions on technical assistance. She will work with other CZM staff to fulfill performance measure reporting for the FY 18 grant year.

The Grants Coordinator/Outreach Specialist provides maintenance and operation of the grants database and troubleshoots administrative issues with grantees. Duties include data entry and report production, reminders, applications, contracts, etc. This position drafts meeting summaries of the Coastal Policy Team.  She organizes submission of performance measures to NOAA and ensures all reporting guidelines are followed for Section A and B reports.  This position works with the Outreach Coordinator (Task 1.02) to develop and disseminate outreach materials and represents the Virginia CZM Program at outreach functions.

Grant activities undertaken by all staff include: development, monitoring and reporting on all grants (CZM Sections 306/306A, 309, 309 Projects of Special Merit, and 310); development and submittal of reprogramming and extension requests; and any Section 309 PSM or other applications.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Laura McKay, 804.698.4323,

Project Status:

10/1/18 - 3/31/20; 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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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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