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

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Project Title:

Shoreline Evolution and Wetland Board Presentations

Project Description:

This project will have three separate tasks.

Task 1: In a continuation of the Shoreline Evolution Database, the Oceanside of the Eastern Shore in Accomack and Northampton counties will be completed.  Historical aerial photography from 1949 for the back barrier marshes and mainland shoreline will be rectified and digitized.  The shoreline for the most recent VGIN 2017 photos will be digitized so that the amount of change in the back barrier marshes over the last 68 years can be determined.  The proposed comprehensive lower level digitizing provides additional information on coastal resiliency issues for the back barrier marshes and ocean coast.

Task 2: To keep the shoreline evolution data consistent, the shoreline database that has been created uses the 1937-2009 time frame to determine rates of shoreline change.  With the release of the 2017 VGIN aerial photography, an opportunity arises to update the shoreline change data to the latest time period.  The 2017 shoreline will be digitized along the Chesapeake Bay shoreline in Accomack, Northampton, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, York, Poquoson, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, Lancaster, and Northumberland County.  Due to limited funding, only the sandy shorelines directly adjacent to the Bay will be digitized; no creeks or rivers will be digitized.  The shoreline change rates presented on the Shoreline Evolution Database online viewer will be updated.  These newer shoreline change rates can provide recent coastal hazard data and resiliency information for managers.

Task 3: For the last five-year strategy, VIMS developed Shoreline Management Plans for localities around the Bay.  In order to provide more effectively disseminate the information contained in the reports to the landowners, administrators, and permit agency personnel who can best make use of it, presentations were given at four local Wetland Board meetings.  These were Gloucester, York, Westmoreland, and James City County.  For this present project, this process will be continued by presenting to Wetlands Board members in Prince George, Stafford, Charles City, Fairfax, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Donna Milligan, 804.684.7596,

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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