Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Virginia NEMO Program Implementation in Coastal Zone
Project Description as Proposed:
Funding through this grant will be used to support the Virginia Network for Education of Municipal Officials Program (VNEMO) to provide direct support to the Planning District Commissions (PDCs) and localities requesting assistance through the Virginia CZM Program’s Sustainable Community Planning Focal Area and the Section 309 Conservation Corridor projects. Assistance is expected to be requested in the areas of blue/green infrastructure planning, planning for adaptation to climate change, coastal community development and natural resource based planning. The VNEMO Program will also support efforts to develop and implement the Virginia Healthy Waters Initiative, as it applies to advancing the Sustainable Community Planning focal area, and the development of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase 2 Locality Implementation Plan.
An Environmental Analyst will be retained through a contractural arrangement with the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) located at Virginia Commonwealth University. The individual will continue to work directly with DCR staff and have access to the facilities and expertise of CES as well. The position also serves as a liaison between DCR and the Center for Environmental Studies at VCU to promote joint, applied research and outreach projects. This includes the oversight of programs, projects, grants and grant budgets, providing technical support to VDCR Division of Soil and Water and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, as it relates to coastal zone ecology, management, and restoration. Through the VCU, the VNEMO Program will have access to the GIS Section of the Life Sciences Department for CommunityVis technical assistance for local projects.
This position will also continue to participate in state, local, or federal working groups as needed with regard to coastal nonpoint source pollution issues and as the VDCR deems necessary. During this grant period, VCU and VDCR will seek additional funding to support the expansion of the VNEMO Program to meet the demand in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In addition, the Program Manager will prepare semiannual and annual reports and other technical documents.
10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
Final Product Received:
VNEMO Program Management in the Coastal Zone (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
For the grant reporting period, the Environmental Analyst at the Virginia Commonwealth University serving as the Coastal NPS Program Manager continued to implement the Coastal NPS Program and VNEMO Program at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The Coastal NPS Program Manager implemented these programs to support various coastal priorities such as the Sustainable Community Planning Focal Area Projects, and continued to implement the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant at the Science Museum of Virginia. During this reporting period. As part of the newly assigned role as the manager of the Virginia Healthy Waters Initiative, the project period included an additional task to evaluate the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Administrative Code and Title 10.1, Chapters 4, 5, 6, 17, 21, and 21.2; Title 15.2 Chapter 22 and the Virginia Administrative Code Title 9 for revisions that reference the protection of resources based upon ecological health criteria. To conduct this review, the Program Manager has partnered with the Nature Conservancy to assist in the development of suggested language to revise the Codes.
Several citations were identified to revise, integrating language appropriate for identification and protection of resources based upon ecological criteria. During this reporting period, the Program Manager began to explore redefining Healthy Watersheds and integrating a prioritization strategy based upon threat assessments from proposed changes in land use.
During the reporting period, the Program Manager/ Analyst provided meeting development organization and coordination to the NVRC to support the Sustainable Community Planning Focal Areas Project. The Program Manager, worked with the NVRC, IEN/UVA to develop a workshop to conclude the efforts to replicate the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Listening sessions as conducted in the Virginia Beach Region. Due to a lack of local support, the planning team determined the best approach was a conclusionary meeting that summarized the efforts conducted through the Sustainable Shorelines Working Group from the prior two-years of effort. A regional meeting of the entire working group was conducted at the Fairfax County Govt center and attended by approximately 18 participants. The Program Manager/Analyst provided meeting facilitation in partnership with the NVRC and UVA/IEN communicating the most recent data development, conclusions and sought input from the group for possible next steps.
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