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

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Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Project Title:

EIR and Federal Consistency

Project Description:

  • Conduct federal consistency reviews of activities which can affect Virginia's coastal uses and resources pursuant to the CZMA and the federal consistency regulations. 
  • Periodically submit routine program changes, as needed.
  • Participate in the existing program revision efforts (narrative enforceable policies).
  • Coordinate Virginia's review of environmental documents for development of federal and state facilities and actions in Tidewater, Virginia which require federal approvals or assistance. 
  • Continue to update Virginia's EIR manual and federal consistency information packages as necessary to reflect legislative and policy changes. 
  • Provide interpretation of federal consistency requirements to federal agencies, applicants for federal permits, approvals, or funding, and consultants preparing consistency determinations or certifications.  
  • Provide technical assistance to state reviewers and local government officials on the use of federal consistency and conduct group trainings (when there are opportunities to do so) at workshops sponsored by other agencies. 
  • Maintain and update the EIR/Federal Consistency website. 
  • Ensure public participation in the review of federal consistency documents to include publishing notices of consistency reviews in appropriate media such as DEQ’s website, Town Hall Register, local newspapers and holding public hearings when necessary
  • Digitize files for integration into DEQ’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system 
  • Conduct site visits as necessary.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Bettina Rayfield, 804.698.4204,

Project Status:

10/1/18 - 9/30/19; 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 email:

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



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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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