George Washington Regional Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance
Project Description as Proposed:
GWRC proposes to support the Coastal Zone program through the following activities: Quarterly meetings (at a minimum) of local government planning directors and/or environmental planning and development review personnel to: Provide information to localities about state/federal initiatives, Solicit input from localities on state/federal initiatives, and Encourage the exchange of information between localities Organize & participate in training workshops, including a class offered by the NOAA Coastal Service Center faculty. Provide staff support to GWRC’s Green Government Commission and its Green Building, Green Earth and Green Waste sub-committees, promote DEQ’s Virginia Green Lodging and Restaurant programs, promote the development of eco-tourism opportunities through the organization of regional tourism, hospitality, non-profit and business interests, and coordinate implementation of regional Home Performance with Energy Star pilot project with Green Building Sub-committee activities. Enhance the City of Fredericksburg’s real estate parcel GIS layer with functional land use classification, consistent with classification used in Stafford and Caroline Counties to support more consistent land use mapping across the region. This will enhance the City’s ability to enforce development codes and environmental regulations. Provide the City of Fredericksburg with more accurate estimates of current (2009) tree canopy, impervious surface area and other forms of land cover, as well as associated ecosystem service benefits calculated by CITYgreen imagery analysis tool.
Kevin Byrnes, (540) 373-2890; firstname.lastname@example.org
Final Product Received:
GWRC Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
In the FY 11‐12 grant year, GWRC’s coastal zone management program local technical assistance effort was heavily focused on working with member local governments to respond to the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) water quality program, the State’s related Phase II watershed implementation planning work and helping localities respond to the State mandate to prepare to integrate stormwater management regulations into local ordinances. Additionally, the CZM grant provided limited GWRC staffing support to finish implementation and close‐out of an EECBG residential energy‐efficiency and conservation grant awarded to the Region.
Product #1: Local Government Coordination and Training Program Report
GWRC staff convened several technical LID/stormwater best management practices webinar training viewing sessions hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Network to support local government interaction on the development of regional response to the DCR TMDL –WIP process. Additionally, several group work sessions with local government environmental planning and stormwater program technical staff were held on the review of TMDL data and the evaluation of regional and local WIP strategies. Moreover, on October 17, 2011, GWRC hosted a DCR training session for all local government staff in PD 16 (and elsewhere) at the University of Mary Washington (Stafford Co campus) to demonstrate the use of the Virginia Assessment Scenario Tool (VAST) developed by VDCR to solicit local data review and WIP strategies to support Virginia’s WIP Phase II response to the US EPA. GWRC held meetings with PD 16 local staff on 8/17/12 and 8/30/12 regarding the DCR local stormwater program grant RFP.
Product #2: Enhance Community Conservation Info Inputs to Chesapeake Bay TMDL WIP Phase 2
• Product 2a: Regional Report to DCR for the Virginia TMDL Phase2 Watershed Implementation Plan
GWRC staff used a stratified random‐sample of land cover at the TMDL riversegment sub‐watershed level (by using the free i‐Tree canopy land cover classification tool) and aggregated the results for regional review of TMDL land cover estimates at the jurisdictional level to determine how jurisdictional land cover estimates in the Ches Bay water quality model may misrepresent local land cover. The results of this analysis were submitted to VDCR, along with a program of locally‐endorsed (at the technical staff level) regional WIP‐2 strategies to respond to DCR deadlines for local and regional input to the TMDL/WIP‐2 process.
• Product 2b: GWRC Grant Application for DCR Stormwater Implementation Grant on Behalf of PD 16 Localities
GWRC staff worked with localities, Friends of the Rappahannock and various consultants to develop project methodology and a grant proposal submitted by GWRC on behalf of seven PD 16 localities in response to a DCR Request for Proposals for Local Assistance Grant for Stormwater Program Development. The regional grant application to VDCR for a Local Assistance Grant for Stormwater Program Development was awarded $99,785 in funding to help localities incorporate Virginia stormwater management regulations into their local development ordinances and design local and regional implementation programs. GWRC staff also collaborated with the Tri‐County/City Soil and Water Conservation District (TCC‐SWCD) to develop a capacity‐building NFWF technical assistance grant application for TCC‐SWCD’s benefit. Unfortunately, this application was not selected for funding.
Product #3: GWRC GW-HELP Home Performance Project Implementation Summary
GWRC staff and consultants worked with homeowners in City of Fredericksburg and Caroline Co. to support their participation in the GW‐HELP program. This ARRA(stimulus)‐funded project was completed by the end of July, achieving a total of 133 home energy audits and 104 energy retrofits, as well as investing $150,237 in grant funds for energy‐saving appliances, HVAC, lighting, and insulation upgrades for public buildings in the City of Fredericksburg, the Towns of Port Royal and Bowling Green and Caroline County.
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