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

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Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Dredged Material Siting; Fast-track Permitting and Beneficial Use Program

Project Description:

As a result of sea level rise, subsidence, and shoreline erosion control practices, Virginia has lost and is continuing to lose tidal wetlands and other shoreline features that are critical for natural resilience.  During the 2018 General Assembly Session, a suite of new 309 driven coastal resiliency legislative bills passed that will help localities meet their dredging needs in face of significantly reduced support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  As localities begin to use their new authority and resources, local dredging projects will provide dredged material that can be put to beneficial use as a resource to build natural resiliency to climate change by helping wetlands and shoreline features adapt to rising waters.

One of the bills, HB 1096, is designed to speed up the permitting process for dredging proposals.  This project will help implement this legislation and assist localities in their efforts to dredge locally important channels while building coastal resiliency. It will involve assembling a cross cutting team of professionals to identify resource information necessary to facilitate and implement the fast track permit review process that will be developed by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission as required by the legislation.  Additional dredging will result in more dredged material available for use in resilience-building projects.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Lewie Lawrence, 804.758.2311,

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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