Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program GIS Support
Project Description as Proposed:
This task supports one staff position that is contracted through Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The Virginia CZM Program requires this additional support to ensure that GIS needs are met; that policy and planning functions have adequate GIS support; and that open grants involving GIS products are properly managed and implemented. This staff position will support the following activities:
Coastal GIS Coordinator (full time): The Coastal GIS Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to work with VCU and others to ensure the maintenance and enhancement of Virginia CZM’s Coastal Geospatial and Educational Mapping System (Coastal GEMS). The Coordinator will also advise CZM project managers on grants involving GIS data development and mapping.
For FY 209 the GIS Coordinator will assist in expanding Coastal GEMS to include offshore data layers and also help in managing Task 11, Blue Offshore Infrastructure, designed to begin creation of a Mid-Atlantic Regional GIS portal for the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO). The Coordinator will organize and manage the Section 309 tasks relevant to Coastal GEMS (Intergovernmental Decision-Making), including the organization of a Coastal GEMS Advisory Group, organization of “open houses,” and training programs for state/local government users and others as requested.
The Coordinator will also produce GIS map products as needed by the CZM Program and partners, will participate in DEQ’s GIS Steering Committee and the Virginia State GIS Users’ Group, and will keep up-to-date on, or become involved in, other GIS-related developments in Virginia.
Nick Meade, 804-698-4297; Nick.Meade@deq.virginia.gov or Laura McKay, 804.698-4323; Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov
10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010; Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Coastal Management GIS Support: FY09 Annual Report (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
The Coastal GIS Coordinator processed GIS data layers for effective display on Coastal GEMS and uploaded layers to VCU to be added to Coastal GEMS. GEMS fact sheets were added/updated where applicable. Layers updated in this period include: SAV Coverage, Seaside Phragmites, Conservation Lands, Public Oyster (Baylor) Grounds, Private Oyster Leases, and Condemned Shellfish Areas. Layers added in this period include: 3 Nautical Mile and 12 Nautical Mile reference layers, Priority Conservation Areas, and Potential Wetland Restoration.
Although no live demos were requested, the Coastal GIS Coordinator provided, per request, slides outlining the main features and functions of Coastal GEMS for DEQ Environmental Education staff and CBNERRVA staff to utilize in presentations. Up to date Coastal GEMS factsheets were made available at all events attended by VA CZM staff.
The Coastal GIS Coordinator worked with VMRC staff to digitize coordinate data and convert CAD data to create polygon shapefiles. Shapefiles created include rotational oyster harvest areas in the Rappahannock and oyster sanctuaries on the Seaside. The Coastal GIS Coordinator provided GIS support to VMRC as they worked to create a report identifying subaqueous lands appropriate for renewable energy citing in response to SB 1350. The GIS Coordinator prepared eighteen maps that were included in the VMRC SB1350 report of Virginia waters showing conflicts or potential conflicts for offshore wind turbines. The maps combined data on wind speed, bathymetry, military exclusions, navigation channels, public and private shellfish grounds and estimated bird conflicts.
The Coastal GIS Coordinator provided GIS support to DEQ’s Wind Energy Regulatory Advisory Panel as they worked to create proposed regulation to permit small renewable wind energy projects. The GIS Coordinator prepared a detailed list of available GIS datasets that would meet the spatial planning needs of the panel. The proposed regulation lists Coastal GEMS as one of the online data portals where applicants for permit by rule wind energy projects in Virginia’s coastal zone can obtain natural resource spatial data. The GIS Coordinator also worked with Center for Conservation Biology and DGIF staff to create a coastal avian protection zone map and narrative. When it becomes final, Coastal GEMS will house the Coastal Avian Protection Zone spatial data created for the regulation.
The Coastal GIS Coordinator produced coastal resource maps and made GIS based calculations as needed for CZM staff to utilize in meetings, presentations, and publications. This includes maps produced for the VA CZM FY11 CELCP application, the VA CELCP Plan, the VA CZM Magazine, and large scale printouts for use in presentations. The Coastal GIS Coordinator worked with other CZM staff, as well as members of the Southern Tip Partnership, to create a map of lands conserved on the Southern Tip since the partnership was formed. The map was incorporated into signage at Kiptopeke State Park. CZM staff participated in Dragon Run Day with an exhibit displaying work that the VA CZM Program has supported in the Dragon Run watershed. VA CZM has supported new data development by working with VA DGIF, VA DCR and VCU to create the Priority Conservation Areas (PCA) dataset. The Coastal GIS Coordinator created a map layout for the exhibit displaying the PCA data in the Dragon Run Watershed.
The Coastal GIS Coordinator has been involved in the Seaside Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) advisory group meetings. Involvement has included performing GIS calculations and creating maps using existing data to stimulate preliminary discussions, actively participating in discussion on current Seaside SAMP grants designed to analyze GIS data on seaside resources, and drafting a data sharing agreement for the group.
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: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov
A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov