Seaside Special Area Management Plan
Project Description as Proposed:
A facilitator (to be determined) will provide coordination, facilitation, planning and writing assistance to the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program and its partners in developing a management plan and enforceable policies for a Seaside SAMP based on prior work done under the Seaside Heritage Program and the current needs of the two Eastern Shore counties; Northampton and Accomack.
A GIS analysis will be completed that assesses all of the data layers created through the seaside Heritage Program and looks for areas of high concentration of important marine resources or â€œpriority estuarine conservation areas.â€ Stakeholders for those identified areas will be convened to discuss what additional policies may be needed to best protect those ecologically important areas in the future.
The SAMP will delineate what state and federal agencies, private partners, and localities need to do to improve seaside coastal resources protection. Policies to be developed include locally-supported ordinances that protect water quality, habitat and sustainable industries such as shellfish farming and ecotourism.
The facilitator will work closely with the Virginia CZM staff and Seaside Heritage Program partners throughout the process to ensure that actions reflect a consensus that is effective, feasible, and legitimate. Key stakeholders will be consulted in the development of specific policies. Policies to be developed (or further developed) may include DEQâ€™s Notice of Intended Regulatory Action for creation of Shellfish Enhancement Zones (which tightens requirements on point source permit applicants wishing to discharge into such zones â€“ this was adopted at the April Water Control Board meeting); possible nomination of Tier 3 Exceptional Waters into which no additional point source discharges would be allowed; and various local ordinances resulting from data and analysis gleaned from the CommunityViz software employed under FY 2007 Task 96 efforts. In addition the SAMP effort will strive to incorporate management recommendations resulting from The Nature Conservancyâ€™s 2009 workshops on identifying potential climate change impacts to seaside resources and potential management policies for adaptation to those expected changes. TNC will hold another workshop in summer 2009 to identify potential management measures or policies. These could be pursued through the Seaside SAMP effort.
Final Product Received:
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
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