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2003 Virginia Coastal Zone Partners Workshop

To view a PDF of the following presentations, please contact Virginia Witmer, Virginia CZM Program at

Pre-Workshop Session - Wetlands and Shoreline Management 

Special Session: Wetlands and Shoreline Management

Introductions and Overview of Coastal Program Efforts
Shep Moon, Virginia Coastal Program

Panel Discussion: Wetlands and Shoreline Management --- Brief overview of Wetlands / Shoreline Management Regulations and Programs by representatives from agencies involved in the process. Recommendations from panel members on several examples of shoreline stabilization projects.

Panel Members:
Tony Watkinson, Virginia Marine Resources Commission
Lesley Leonard, US Army Corps of Engineers
Martha Little, Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department
Shawn Everett, Department of Environmental Quality
Lee Hill, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Tom Barnard, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Evolving Issues in Wetlands Science
William Reay and Scott Hardaway, Virginia Institute of Marine Science --- Results from recent research regarding the value of fringe marshes and marsh edges, nutrient uptake by riparian buffers and wetlands, the effects of sea level rise and the use of fringe wetlands for shore mitigation.

Shoreline Erosion Control Report Summary and Recommendations --- Krista Trono, Virginia Coastal Program Findings and recommendations of an analytical report on Virginia's shoreline management process funded through the Virginia Coastal Program will be presented. Recommendations will be discussed and prioritized by agency representatives and session participants.

Shoreline analysis report (PDF)

Shoreline analysis matrix (PDF)

Opening Plenary: The Economic Value of Virginia's Coast

Economic Value of Virginia's Coast: Results of a National Study --- Tony MacDonald, Executive Director of the Coastal States Organization

The Importance of Virginia's Coastal Resources and our Funding Needs --- W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr -Secretary of Natural Resources

Opportunities for Improving Water Quality through Onsite Wastewater Management

Introductions and Overview of Coastal Program Efforts
Shep Moon, Virginia Coastal Program

Tributary Strategies and the Importance of OSDS Management
Russ Baxter, Assistant Secretary for Chesapeake Bay Coordination --- An overview of the tributary strategies process and goals, the importance of nutrient reductions, and the potential of nutrient reducing onsite wastewater disposal systems.

Local Perspective on Tributary Strategy Implementation and the use of Nutrient Reducing OSDS
Rob Wittman, Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors --- A discussion of nutrient reduction strategies such as OSDS from a Virginia local government perspective including examples of new policies being considered in Westmoreland County.

OSDS Nutrient Reduction Technologies and Potential Application in Virginia
Anish Jantrania, Virginia Department of Health --- A review of OSDS systems and the limits of a conventional design in reducing nutrients. Introduction of nutrient reducing OSDS technology and results of trials conducted in Virginia. Discussion of the potential for application in Virginia, including local government role and authority.

Anne Arundel County, Maryland's Experiences with Nutrient Reducing Systems - Rich Piluk, Anne Arundel County, Maryland --- A presentation introducing OSDS management practices in Maryland and Anne Arundel County, including examples of implementation of nutrient-reducing technologies as well as lessons learned and issues associated with application of the technology.

Ecotourism Initiatives of the Coastal Program & Partners

Overview of Coastal Program Efforts
Laura McKay, Coastal Program Manager --- A review of Coastal Program accomplishments in helping to build an ecotourism infrastructure, acquire land, create VETA, offer ecotour guide certification, construct facilities, develop a seaside canoe/kayak trail and the coastal phase of the Birding & Wildlife Trail.

Ecotour Guide Certification
Jim Perry, VA Institute of Marine Science --- Results of the recently offered ecotour guide certification course held at the VIMS Wachapreague Lab in November as well as plans for 2004 through the Seaside Heritage Program.

Ecotourism Efforts on Virginia's Eastern Shore
Jim McGowan, Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission --- Efforts to enhance ecotourism through annual Heritage Tourism workshops, grants to develop a Canoe/Kayak Water Trail and floating docks under the Seaside Heritage Program and the Eastern Shore Bicycle Trail.

Coastal Birding & Wildlife Trail
David Whitehurst, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries --- Results of the first year of operation for the Coastal Trail and expectations for the trail to impact local economies.

The Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program and Future Funding Opportunities

Introductory Statements
Mark Slauter, Department of Conservation & Recreation

Coastal Program Background
Julie Bixby, Virginia Coastal Program

Coastal Nonpoint Program Overview
Mark Slauter, Department of Conservation & Recreation --- An overview of the program guidance with a focus on funded projects and how they relate back to local and state programs.

Area Focus: Hydrologic Modification
Elizabeth Franks, VCU Center for Environmental Studies --- A description of recently completed and ongoing projects focused on developing reference reaches, conducting stream assessments for physical and biological characteristics, and a draft stream restoration guidance manual.

Area Focus: The Role of Local Government
J. Richard Hill, Department of Conservation & Recreation --- An overview of the potential role of local governments in implementing the Coastal Nonpoint program and the use of a request for proposal process by DCR. During FY 2001-2003 more than $600k has been passed through to local governments from the Coastal Nonpoint program for a variety of activities.

Land Acquisition in the Coastal Zone - Accomplishments, Needs and Priorities

Overview of Coastal Program Efforts
Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program --- Coastal staff will present land acquisitions to date, how SAMPs have served as priority areas, how DCR's Conservation Lands Assessment model can help set priorities and plans for developing the 2004 Coastal and Estuarine Land Protection plan to be used to direct potential future funding from NOAA.

The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
David Dowling, Department of Conservation and Recreation

The Forest Legacy Program
Mike Foreman, Department of Forestry

The Middle Peninsula Public Access Authority and Local Land Trusts
Dan Kavanagh, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Developing New Policies for Dunes and Beaches

Overview of Coastal Program Efforts
Shep Moon, Virginia Coastal Program --- Coastal staff will review history of this initiative and grant projects on the topic.

VIMS' Model for Assessing Dunes and Beaches at Risk
Lyle Varnell, VA Institute of Marine Science --- Development of a model to narrow the focus of concern to those dunes and beaches at greatest risk of degradation and proposed recommendations.

Results of the Dunes Inventories - Scott Hardaway, VA Institute of Marine Science --- Results of the multi-year effort to inventory dune systems, including secondary dunes, riverine dunes and beaches in localities not included in the state's Coastal Primary Sand Dunes and Beaches Act.

Mapping Blue-Green Infrastructure and Improving Analytic Capabilities

Overview of Coastal Program Efforts
Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program --- How the Coastal Program got started on this topic, beginning with the 2001 Coastal Partners Workshop where participants asked Coastal staff to create a "Vision for Virginia's Coastal Zone." A variety of grants and initiatives have been woven together to form a plan for mapping blue and green infrastructure and improving integration of local land use policy with state water use policy. The ultimate goal is to better position ourselves to make good decisions on such complex use issues as aquaculture, windfarms, fishing regulations, residential development and many other types of development.

How the Virginia Conservation Lands Assessment Model Works and Will Fit into Green Infrastructure Maps
Steve Carter-Lovejoy, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

How the Aquaculture/SAV Use Conflict Mapping Has Progressed and Will Fit into Blue Infrastructure Maps
Pam Mason, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Developing New Data on Bird Migration to Better Inform Land and Water Use Decisions - Bryan Watts, Center for Conservation Biology, College of William & Mary

Coastal Impacts of Hurricane Isabel

Hurricane Isabel had a tremendous impact on Virginia's entire coastal zone. A panel of scientists, local government and state agency representatives will discuss the environmental impacts of the hurricane and also put this event in perspective with past storms that affected Virginia. During this session we will review the immediate impacts of the storm as well as discuss how this event will shape ourfuture coastal management programs and policies.

Panel Members:
Pat Michaels, State Climatologist
William Reay, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Chip Neikirk, Virginia Marine Resources Commission
Beth Baldwin, Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department
Jack Larson, Lancaster County
Scott Hardaway, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Closing Plenary:

Virginia Coastal Program and the National Coastal Management Community (PPT, 3.3) - Randy Schneider, Virginia Program Specialist, OCRM/NOAA -- Update on the Coastal Zone Management Act reauthorization and other federal legislation, plans for a national performance measurement system and report on US Ocean Commission on Ocean Policy.

*If you would like more information about any of workshop sessions, or are unable to download files, please contact Virginia Witmer at (804) 698-4320 or

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