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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:

Promoting Ecotourism: Inventory and Update of Virginia CZM Public Access and Land Acquisition Project Signage

Project Description:

The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program has created close to 60 public access sites since the program began in 1986.  These sites include kayak launches, boardwalks, observation decks and conservation lands acquired with Virginia CZM funds.  Each site is identified with an acknowledgement sign crediting the agencies and organizations that have provided support for site acquisition and/or development.  Acknowledgement signs at public access sites are an important part of program visibility, demonstrating the value of publicly funded coastal management programs and how these programs provide increased public access to significant coastal features.

Through this project, Virginia CZM staff will continue work that started in FY17 on the inventory of documented acknowledgement signs produced by the program.  Completing the inventory will involve visiting, inspecting and photographing signs onsite or coordinating with partners to do so,  followed by prioritization of signs that are in need of repair, update or replacement.

This project also addresses the need to improve program visibility as noted in NOAA’s 2015 312 evaluation of the Virginia CZM program.

Restoring and Protecting Coastal Habitats and Enhancing Public Access
“While both restoration and conservation were identified as top accomplishments, the evaluation team also noted that this is a potential area for “strategic” program visibility and potentially a topic for enhanced social marketing for the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.”

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Laura McKay, 804.698.4323,

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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