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

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Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Division of Natural Heritage

Project Title:

Healthy Waters Program in the Coastal Zone

Project Description:

Funding through this grant will be used to support the implementation of the Virginia Healthy Waters Program (HWP) within the Division of Natural Heritage at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR) as it applies to advancing the identification, interpretation and protection of aquatic communities . This task includes the administration and development of the Program, delivery of tools and products of the VDCR DNH such as the Virginia Ecological Values Assessment (VEVA), development of Ecological Occurrences (EOs), Stream Conservation Units (SCUs), INSTAR data, Coastal Gems and Conservation Vision Watershed Model, in the Coastal Zone of Virginia. The Program Manager will work with both the VDCR DNH and the VDEQ to fully implement the Program to achieve lasting benefits for the Commonwealth.

An Environmental Scientist/Analyst will be retained through a contractual arrangement with the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), Department of Life Sciences and the Rice Rivers Center located at Virginia Commonwealth University.  The individual will continue to be housed in the DCR Division of Natural Heritage and have access to the facilities and expertise of the VDCR and continue to integrate the skills and abilities of the CES, as well. The position also serves as a liaison between DCR and the CES at VCU to promote joint, applied research and outreach projects. This includes the oversight of programs, projects, grants and grant budgets, providing technical support to VDCR DNH and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, as it relates to coastal zone ecology, management, and restoration.

This position will also continue to participate in state, local, or federal working groups as needed with regard to water quality protection and restoration issues as the VDCR deems necessary.  In addition, the Program Manager will prepare semiannual and annual reports and other technical documents.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Todd Janeski, 804.371.8984,

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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