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

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Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Project Title:

A-NPDC Technical Assistance Program

Project Description:

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) serves two counties and 19 incorporated towns on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a 70-mile long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay that has remained as one of the few remaining rural regions on the Atlantic seaboard despite consistent pressure from development. The region is unique for its vast wealth of coastal resources and natural-resource based economies. Around the turn of the 20th Century in the years following the construction of a rail line that allowed for expedited shipping of agricultural and seafood products to larger urban markets, Accomack and Northampton Counties were noted as the two wealthiest agricultural counties in the nation. Following this thriving period the region’s population and economies regressed due to challenges in environmental sustainability and geographic isolation. While many other coastal communities have flourished along the Atlantic seaboard, the Eastern Shore continues to pursue opportunities and persevere against challenges facing its rural communities. The following activities proposed for the FY2018 Technical Assistance Program have been developed in a manner that will benefit the Eastern Shore as its communities work towards establishing a sustainable, viable, and prosperous future.

During FY2018, A-NPDC will offer coastal management training opportunities for local government staff, coordinate public education efforts, and continue to staff the Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee. The Ground Water Committee, which has successfully managed the region’s EPA-designated sole source aquifers since 1990, are working to ensure a productive and sustainable future for Eastern Shore residents and the natural environment. The A-NPDC will work with the newly established Eastern Shore Water Access Authority to develop the work program and other technical assistance as needed to expand low-impact public access in the region. The A-NPDC will partner with local education and outreach experts to help support the Plant ES Natives campaign and the Shore Big Tree program to improve resiliency and watershed health.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Shannon Alexander, 757.787.2936 x115,

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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