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

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College of William & Mary - Virginia Coastal Policy Center

Project Title:

Chickahominy Land Conservation Strategy - VA Tribal Policies

Project Description:

In 2016, the Pamunkey became the first Virginia tribe to receive federal recognition. Since that time, several other Virginia tribes also have received federal recognition. This recognition has the potential to impact a variety of actions undertaken by the tribes, including actions related to natural resources. For example, the ability of federally-recognized Virginia tribes to acquire land for conservation purposes utilizing Coastal Zone Management Program funding, as discussed further below.

Example of Research Topic: Past mapping and ecological modeling have indicated that the lower Chickahominy River watershed boasts significant ecological resources.  Meanwhile the watershed is seeing increased pressure from the nearby urban areas of Richmond and Williamsburg for land conversion and development into residential and commercial areas. The Cumulative and Secondary Impacts: Leveraging Economic Benefits of the Natural Resources of the Lower Chickahominy strategy seeks to study the natural resources present in the Lower Chickahominy watershed and the economic characteristics related to their presence. The study area is the entirety of the three counties included in the USGS HUC “Lower Chickahominy” watershed: the counties of Charles City, James City, and New Kent.

Natural resources and conserved land contribute greatly to quality of life in rural localities.  These natural assets are routinely recognized for their contribution to clean air, clean water, and viewshed.  The economic contribution of these assets to the local government and business community is rarely acknowledged due to a lack of understanding of the important role they play in the economy.  In year 1 a steering committee was formed and two Virginia natural resource agencies were funded to update field data in the study area.  An economic study conducted during year 2 (in progress) will be used for consensus building and plan/policy development during years 3, 4, and 5 of the project.

This project will in part address year-3 policy development by researching the potential for VA Tribes in the lower Chickahominy Watershed to serve as land owners through assistance from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, which may include funding for land acquisition.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Elizabeth Andrews, 757.221.1078,

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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