Virginia CZM Program: 2016 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Northern Neck Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission Technical Assistance

Project Description:

The NNPDC FY16 environmental work program will consist of nine work tasks:
1) NNPDC staff will provide coastal management support and GIS analysis of land development proposals, land conversion and land use plans as well as maps of wetlands, aerial photographs, elevation and/or topographic features.
2) NNPDC staff will support local planning, staff education, training and coordination through quarterly Coastal Managers (Land Use Administrators) Meetings and four local government training sessions. Four training sessions for local county staff will be targeted to assist localities in better managing coastal resources and improving water quality, and may be conducted by Federal, State or Not for Profit entities.
3) The NNPDC will produce a water trail map for Richmond County, which will bring the total number of trails in Richmond County to three.
4) NNPDC staff will manage the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program for home elevations through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency with active projects in Northumberland, Richmond, and Lancaster Counties.  The NNPDC assists homeowners to mitigate future storm damage for homes in low-lying or flood-prone areas. This program enhances resiliency for small coastal communities in the Northern Neck.  
5) NNPDC staffs the Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (NNCBPAA), works with property owners interested in donating land, and in placing conservation easements on property.  NNPDC will conduct a marketing campaign to reach out to prospective property owners to inform them of the benefits of conservation easements and land donation.  NNCBPAA will hold regular meetings with members to discuss ongoing efforts to improve PA in the Northern Neck.
6) NNPDC staff will participate in Watermen’s Heritage Tourism Training to assist watermen in augmenting their seafood business with on-water heritage and eco-tours of the region.  The Virginia program was developed as a partnership with the NNPDC in 2012 and is now operated by Rappahannock Community College in collaboration with Chesapeake Environmental Communications, Inc.  NNPDC staff has participated in all trainings either in person, or virtually, to encourage watermen to expand their business to include an on-water tourism component.
7) NNPDC staff participates on the Management Team of the Virginia Oyster Trail to develop vibrant and resilient coastal economies.  NNPDC is serving as fiscal agent for an Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Grant for implementation of the Virginia Oyster Trail.  NNPDC staff assists the trail by enrolling businesses, and delivering technical assistance to local businesses to increase connectivity and sustainability among the coastal regions of Virginia.
8) The NNPDC operates and staffs an Assign-a-Highway Program, whereby litter is gathered and removed from highways and waterfronts by individuals and teams adjudicated to community service. NNPDC staff participates in the Marine Debris Summit at VIMS.
9) NNPDC staff will create a report that highlight the benefits that were accrued during the grant period based on previous VACZM Grants.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

John Bateman, 804.313.8478,

Project Status:

10/1/16 - 9/30/17; 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

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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