Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission will provide policy and planning assistance to member localities as follows: Technical AssistanceLocal government technical assistance CoordinationQuarterly meetings of the Environmental Technical Advisory CommitteeSupport Stormwater Management Task ForceSupport Utility Director Task Force Training Issue Analysis/Special ProjectsResearch: Impervious Surface Forecast Special Project: Public Access to Pamunkey, Appomattox and Lower James Rivers InventorySpecial Project: Regional Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Jackie Stewart - 804.367.6001; firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011; Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Richmond Regional Planning District Commission Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf)
Impervious Surface in the Richmond Region - Phase IV Report (pdf)
Rivers of the Richmond Region: A Public Access Guide (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
Report on Coordination Initiatives – RRPDC staff summarized comments supplied by local staff at a September 2010 Environmental TAC meeting to include in the RRDC 2011 Legislative Agenda. The Legislative Agenda was used by RRPDC staff to inform the Capital Region Delegation at the Virginia General Assembly about environmental concerns and consensus for localities in the Richmond Region. RRPDC staff processed 72 environmental and intergovernmental reviews during this portion of the grant year. Throughout the year, RRPDC staff also attended meetings and participated in the development of local Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation efforts relevant to the Region. RRPDC staff has also attended several meetings of Virginia’s Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP II). RRPDC staff summarized these meetings and reported to local planners.
Report on Training Initiatives – RRPDC staff organized four Environmental Technical Advisory Committee meetings that provided opportunities for locality staff to learn about various water quality programs and issues within the Richmond Region and beyond. On February 8, 2011, the Environmental TAC met at the Henrico County Water Treatment Facility for a tour and discussion about water treatment and distribution. On May 10, 2011, staff from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) provided a presentation on the Healthy Waters Initiative. Staff from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality also presented information on newly developed Environmental Education programs including the Coastal GEMS website, Water Stewardship Campaigns and a Climate Science program. In June and September of 2011, the RRPDC hosted 2 meetings for locality staff and other stakeholders on Virginia’s creation of the WIP II for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Locality staff in the Richmond region met with staff of DCR, Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the Richmond Region, and non-profit organizations relevant to water quality.
Impervious Cover Forecast Report – RRPDC staff completed digitization of all 2009 structures for the region. PDC staff updated with local data where available. RRPDC staff also completed a transportation layer to include interchanges, median strips, turn lanes and actual road pavement widths as well as parking lots using the 2009 aerial photography available from VGIN. RRPDC staff produced a report analyzing impervious cover in 2009 and change between 2002 and 2009, the two years for which regional impervious surface GIS data is most complete and comparable.
Rivers of the Richmond Region Public Access Guide – The Access Guide includes an inventory of features and locations of public access points to the Pamunkey, Appomattox, Chickahominy and James Rivers. RRPDC staff began by researching and reviewing prior plans and maps and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) resources. RRPDC staff coordinated stakeholders, including state agencies and advocacy groups to ensure the accuracy of data gathering efforts. RRPDC staff coordinated with Crater PDC on their inventory of the Appomattox River. RRPDC staff completed the field reconnaissance work and prepared a draft map of public water access points for review and comment by river stakeholders and local planning staffs. The map was professionally printed and copies have been distributed to stakeholders across the Richmond Region. Copies are also available from the RRPDC office and for download from www.richmondregional.org.
Initiation of Regional Stormwater Management (SWM) Discussion - Given proposed changes in the State and Federal regulatory environment, the importance of understanding alternative SWM approaches and Best Management Practices (BMP) for SWM in the region is becoming evident. Toward this end, PDC staff has begun the discussion with localities and with representatives of the local development community. RRPDC staff met with locality staff around the region to discuss the status of stormwater management facilities and BMPs in each locality.
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