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Virginia CZM Program Resources & Links

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Virginia CZM Program Partners

The Program is a network of state agencies - under 3 secretariats - and 87 localities, regionally represented by 8 planning district commissions.  This network of partners administers the enforceable laws, regulations and policies that protect our coastal resources.

Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Secretary of Education

Secretary of Transportation

Virginia's PDCs, Counties, Cities and Towns

Virginia Environmental Organizations, Groups and Programs

Federal and National Coastal Focused Websites


  • NASA Ocean Literacy Learning Resources -- site to support development of an ocean literate public - designed for students and others to explore and better understand the ocean through links to educational resources; national, regional, and state oceanography programs; selected ocean literacy papers; and other information.
  • Gobal Climate Change -- NASA offers this new website, Global Climate Change, NASA’s Eyes on the Earth.  The site, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is a one-stop-shop for all of the latest climate information from NASA's Earth-monitoring missions and research.  The website offers background information, interactives, and much more.  Categories include key indicators, uncertainties, solutions, and news.


  • National Ocean Service (NOAA's National Ocean Service is one of five major line offices in NOAA.)
  • NOAA Education Resources
  • NOAA Photo Library
  • NOAA Office of Education
  • NOAA Ocean Explorer: NOAA Ocean Exploration Offices
  • Coral Reef Conservation Program
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
    • NOAA Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center -- featuring the first advisory on conditions across the Northeast Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem. The Office intends to update the advisory biannually, providing a handy reference on trends in primary productivity, zooplankton biomass and diversity, and sea surface temperatures on the shelf. The current advisory shows trends of relatively stable temperatures and chlorophyll, as well as an increase in zooplankton.
      • NOAA 'Fishing Industry Homepage' -- (NOAA Fisheries Service Greater Atlantic Region) - access for constituents to regulations by subregions. The website using groundfish as a pilot project and will include other species in the near future.
  • NOAA's Marine Debris Website -- NOAA is encouraging all Americans to protect the oceans from the harm caused by marine debris. Routine activities alone bring 6.4 million tons of debris, mostly plastics, to our oceans each year. 
  • NOAA Expanded World Ocean Database -- NOAA has released a significantly expanded World Ocean Database 2005, the world's largest collection of scientific information about oceans, dating as far back as 1800. This update of the previous 2001 databases contains 900,000 new temperature profiles and captures 29 different categories of scientific information from the oceans, including temperature, salinity, oxygen level, and nutrient content. The new database, compiled by the NOAA’s Ocean Climate Laboratory, also includes information about tritium, freons, noble gases, and other isotopes found in the oceans. Check out the database at
  • Ecosystem Based Management Tools Website -- The Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) Tools Network has developed a website that provides a comprehensive source for information and tools for coastal and marine ecosystem-based management. These tools include a searchable online EBM tool database, training and funding opportunities, coastal and marine data sources, and meetings and conferences on EBM tools. See
  • NowCOAST -- Web mapping portal designed to enhance maritime safety and commerce and monitor physical changes in weather, oceanographic, and river conditions. The portal provides users with real-time coastal observation and forecast data for nation's major estuaries and seaports, coastal regions, and Great Lakes. For more information...
  • Seafood Facts Website -- NOAA’s FishWatch website features information about 50 of the most commonly harvested and farmed seafood species that are consumed in the United States. The species-specific pages offer information on population size, annual landings, management goals and milestones, life history and habitat, fishing practices, photos, factoids, and nutritional content.
  • NOAA Restoration Center -- provides centralized access to information about NOAA restoration programs, projects, and activities through a single point-of-entry. It is organized according to four thematic areas:  Collaborating with Communities, Restoring Injured Habitats and Natural Resources, Advancing Restoration Science, and the Estuary Restoration Act.
  • US Marine Protected Areas (NOAA/Dept. of the Interior) -- the U.S. site on marine protected areas (updates on Presidential Executive Order 13158 on marine protected areas) - contains improved and expanded information on topics such as MPA definitions; federal MPA legislation and programs; the marine managed areas inventory; the MPA Federal Advisory Committee; online regional information centers; frequently asked questions about MPAs; a glossary of terms related to U.S. MPAs; and, an online library with more than 1,000 resources on MPAs.
  • Coastal Services Center - NOAA- Strategic Plan 
    • Social Science For MPAs -- gives marine protected areas (MPAs) and other programs an overview of research techniques for examining the “human dimensions” of coastal resource management. Topics include surveys, non-market valuation, social assessment and a collection of case studies. In collaboration with the National MPA Center.
  • National Undersea Research Program -- NOAA's National Undersea Research Program (NURP) has launched a new website that features array of NURP's scientific and research discoveries in simple and easy to understand language. The site also contains a searchable database of underwater video and photos that are all public domain. NURP operates the nation's only manned underwater observatory and supports studies of coral reef health and research into past and present climate change.


    EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office (Annual State of the Bay Report)
  • Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership
  • EPA Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
  • Chesapeake Bay Environmental Indicators 
  • EPA Beaches Web Page -- EPA is also planning topic-based sites for water quality standards, cruise ship water discharges, floating debris, private drinking wells, and septic systems.
  • EPA Section 319 Success Stories website -- features successful projects receiving grant funds from the Clean Water Act §319 Nonpoint Source Program. All highlighted projects have documented water quality improvements, achieved water quality standards, and resulted in removal of the affected waterbody from the State's Section 303(d) lists of impaired waters.
  • Sample Local Water Quality Ordinances -- from the EPA Office of Water - Nonpoint Source Control Branch - a reference tool for government officials, this site provides tools, sample language, and real-life case studies of local ordinances on water quality.
  • EPA Office of Water -- provides links to the EPA Strategic Plan, the draft National Water Program Guidance document, Water Sub-objective Implementation Plans, and regional plans from each EPA region.
  • EPA Online Growth and Water Resources Training Module -- explains how changes in land use affect water resources, and presents national data on trends in development patterns and activities on land that have become increasingly significant challenges for achieving water quality standards. The module describes a combination of approaches to accommodate future growth in a way that benefits the economy and the environment and will help meet water resource goals. The module also includes a tools section with links to on-line resources. This training module was developed by EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Smart Growth Team. For more information, please contact Jamal Kadri at
  • EPA New England Regional Laboratory -- check out the EPA New England Regional Laboratory Website, where users can view the case study of EPA’s own green building—the New England Regional Laboratory in Chelmsford.
  • EPA Photo Library -- a one-stop location for all EPA photography.


Coastal Zone Management Programs in Other States

  • CZM States and Territories  
  • Massachusetts Smart Growth Toolkit -- The Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs developed a toolkit dedicated to Smart Growth, which is accessible via the Internet and on CD, and intended to be both an educational guide and a reference document. It can be used to introduce newcomers to smart growth and also be used by practitioners such as planners, developers and site designers as a reference source for case studies and model bylaws. The Toolkit provides access to information on twelve different planning, zoning and subdivision techniques that is intended to smart growth a reality in your communities. The materials are designed to increase understanding of smart growth tools and how to customize the techniques to local circumstances. It also presents new methods to guide and promote sustainable and environmentally sound development and growth. The site features smart growth techniques, slideshows, model bylaws, and case studies. For more, contact the CZM-EOEA Smart Growth Coordinator at
  • Mid-Atlantic Region Sea Grant Programs -- the Mid-Atlantic region of the Sea Grant College Program geographically encompasses the coastal and near-coastal waters between New Jersey and North Carolina. Within this region, the five Sea Grant Colleges actively promote and foster regional research and cooperation.

Other Websites of Interest

  • Low Impact Development Center -- the Low Impact Development Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Low Impact Development technology. Low Impact Development (LID) is a new, comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach with a goal of maintaining and enhancing the pre-development hydrologic regime of urban and developing watersheds.
  • Stormwater Manager's Resource Center -- created and maintained by the Center for Watershed Protection, the Stormwater Manager's Resource Center is designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others that need technical assistance on stormwater management issues.
  • Metropolitan Area (of Boston) Planning Council (MAPC) LID Toolkit -- the Metropolitan Planning Council (MAPC) has developed an LID Toolkit—a set of materials designed to help citizens, public officials and developers. LID techniques use an integrated approach to site design, stormwater management, and water conservation to protect the natural terrain and hydrology.
  • The Safina Center -- works to inspire a closer relationship with the sea through science, art, and literature.
  • Census of Marine Life -- a worldwide effort is underway to 'assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the oceans-past, present, and future.' Known as the Census of Marine Life, this 10-year project involves researchers from 45 nations, focusing on seven regions, including the Gulf of Maine.
  • Chesapeake Research Consortium -- association of six institutions, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, each with a long-standing involvement in research on problems affecting the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
  • Coastal Resource Center - University of Rhode Island -- promotes worldwide coastal sustainable development.
  • Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Conservation Program -- identifies hundreds of organizations using GIS to protect nature and promote social justice.
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Partners in Flight and U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative -- bird conservation
  • River Network -- supporting grassroots river and watershed conservation groups.
  • Surfrider Foundation -- publishes an annual State of the Beach report.
  • Sustainable Travel International -- supporting eco-tourism efforts.
  • Global Map of Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems -- a study by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara, reports that human activities have strongly impacted 40 percent of the world's oceans and have left only about four percent relatively pristine. A map synthesizes 17 different types of human impact on marine ecosystems. Results highlight the greater cumulative impact of human activities on coastal ecosystems. View the map or see the Science journal article.
  • Expanded Ocean Literacy Website -- the National Geographic Society has launched its expanded Environment and Ocean Literacy website, developed to “help students comprehend how and why all life on Earth arises from—and remains dependent on—our precious oceans.”
  • Coastal America Foundation -- provides support to initiatives that protect, preserve and restore aquatic habitats, fund students in science, support education and outreach for biomedical research, humanitarian support, animal welfare programs and cutting edge scientific research.  This support includes education and outreach, scientific research, project implementation and related initiatives, nationally and internationally.
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This website is provided by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through a federal Coastal Zone Management Act grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.

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