Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission serves two counties and 19 incorporated towns on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Population on this narrow, 70-mile long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay grew by 7.3 percent between 1990 and 2000, for a total of 51,398. Increasing residential development in northern Accomack County and southern Northampton County is focused on waterfront areas. In response to the increased development, the A-NPDC formed the Eastern Shore of Virginia Coastal Management Committee in 2004 to coordinate local government efforts to better manage coastal development and its impacts. The A-NPDC will continue to coordinate the Coastal Management Committee and offer coastal management training opportunities for local government staff. The A-NPDC will also continue to participate in implementation of the Eastern Shore Tributary Strategy. The A-NPDC will continue to staff the Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee, provide GIS services, conduct state and federal environmental reviews, and work with local governments and organizations to address coastal management issues. The expected outcome will be improved coastal management on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.Federal Funding:
Curt Smith (757) 787- 2936; firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011; Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Accomack - Northampton Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf)
Onancock School Technical Assistance Report (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
The FY2010 program included support of the Eastern Shore Coastal Management Committee, coordination of six training and outreach programs; technical assistance to local, state, and federal government organizations; staff support of the Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee, and technical assistance to the Friends of Onancock School non-profit group for renovation and preservation of a critical coastal property on the Eastern Shore. Over $124,000 in grant funds and staff time were leveraged to aid the completion of multiple projects related to the goals presented in the scope of work for FY2010.
The Coastal Management Committee held 4 meetings; served as a liaison for local governments regarding the Chesapeake Bay TMDL planning process; and reviewed proposed wind farm projects off the VA coast and potential sea level rise impacts.
The A-NPDC coordinated 6 training and outreach programs including two public workshops on ground water supply and quality, a Native American Heritage Festival, an electronics recycling event, a Coastal PDC meeting, and a Coastal Inundation Mapping Training Course. These 6 programs were attended by nearly 450 individuals from the public, private, and governmental sectors.
The A-NPDC partnered with 12 agencies during FY2010 in a variety of activities ranging from developing regional water supply plans, participating in the ES Watersheds Network, developing adaptation strategies for climate change and sea level rise on the Eastern Shore, and leveraging a restoration project for Onancock Creek. The A-NPDC used VCZM grant funds to leverage services and complete projects on 21 occasions including funding the consulting hydrogeologist to the ES Ground Water Committee, completing an update to the ES Hazard Mitigation Plan, serving on numerous local and state committees and workgroups, and participating in numerous workshops and seminars. A-NPDC staff performed 10 historical searches using the Dept. of Historic Resources Data Sharing System. A-NPDC responded to 30 information requests from private, local, state, and federal organizations.
The Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee held 10 meetings, conducted 2 public workshops, maintained an awards program and Committee website, served on a state advisory panel on ground water withdrawal, produced a summary table of permitted ground water withdrawals on the Eastern Shore, commented on multiple regulatory actions, and reviewed 23 withdrawal permits.
A-NPDC collaborated with the Friends of Onancock School non-profit group to develop a concept for utilizing the property grounds as an outdoor environmental education campus for the Eastern Shore. A-NPDC developed partnerships with other NPOs to partake in the process and develop grant applications. The campus will consist of an educational pavilion, kayak launch, nature trail, and demonstration site for various residential vegetative buffer options. The outcome of this project was the preservation of a critical coastal property and historic building and enhanced community development opportunities for the coastal zone.
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