George Washington Regional Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance
Project Description as Proposed:
GWRC proposes to support the coastal zone program through the following activities:
1. Quarterly meetings (at a minimum) of local government planning directors and/or environmental planning and development review personnel to:
a. provide information to localities about state/federal initiatives,
b. solicit input from localities on state/federal initiatives, and
c. encourage the exchange of information between localities
d. participate in training workshops.
2. Facilitate local government development review staff (through bi-monthly meetings) in the review, streamlined revision and coordination of development ordinances in the Region to conform to requirements under Phase III of the Chesapeake Bay Act regulations
3. Foster local voluntary adoption of DEQ’s Virginia Green program and promote the development of eco-tourism opportunities through the organization of regional tourism, hospitality, non-profit and business interests
4. Work with the Friends of the Rappahannock, the Fredericksburg Office on Youth, other regional environmental advocacy groups, community pediatric mental health leaders, local boy/girl scout troops and other youth organizations to explore the feasibility of implementing a children and nature movement within the Region (e.g. see http://cnaturenet.org/ ) which will try to expand on the environmental education work performed by the Friends of the Rappahannock on the Rappahannock River and extend this experience to other natural coastal habitat resources in the Region.
Kevin Byrnes, (540) 373-2890; email@example.com
10/1/2009- 9/30/2010; Project completed
Final Product Received:
George Washington Region Coastal Technical Assistance Program Annual Report October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010 (pdf)
George Washington Regional Commission Children and Nature Network Grant Final Report (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
GWRC staff convened quarterly meetings for local govt. planning directors to discuss the progress of CZM-funded projects, to share information on other environmental topics received from federal and state government sources and to provide a venue for a peer exchange of planning information and issues. GWRC staff assisted Caroline County develop 2 environmental project grant applications, namely:
- to the Kodak Foundation to provide scholarships to kids to participate in canoe education tours along the Pamunkey River in Caroline Co and
- to the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to assist Caroline County in the development of a County-wide water quality protection program & coordinate various State regulations and introduce the State regulatory “Water Quality Protection through Quantity Reduction" concept. Unfortunately, neither application was successful in national competition.
GWRC staff provided support to the sub-committees of the GWRC Green Government Commission, including: Green Buildings, Green Waste/Recycling and Green Earth, which met regularly throughout the year. The projects of and resources to support the sub-committees were organized under a regional sustainability website (see www.GWGreenGovt.org
The Green Waste/Recycling sub-committee, with GWRC staff support, worked to promote expanded commercial recycling opportunities in the region including assisting the start-up of single-stream recycling at Spotsylvania Town Center and HOA properties managed by Landmark Properties, A copy of the 2007 – 2009 recycling reports for member localities and the Region is enclosed and can be found at http://www.gwgreengovt.org/greenwastemanagement_recyclingrates.html
. A regional green energy/waste management alternatives report was not produced due to the resignation of the Green Energy sub-committee chair and disbanding of this sub-committee; however, GWRC staff did help initiate discussions between Fort A.P. Hill, Caroline Co. and Spotsylvania Co. to achieve cooperative partnerships to supply wood waste to Spotsylvania Co. to be ground into wood chips and used as a bulking agent in County organic compost material, reduce the open burning of brush piles, supply Caroline and AP Hill treated wastewater sludge to Spotsylvania for the organic compost process, and ultimately a shared use arrangement of the Spotsylvania Co sanitary landfill to reduce Caroline County waste management costs resulting from trucking waste some 50-60 miles to eastern Henrico Co. Project negotiations have been held up by the resignation of Caroline Co Utility Dept director but are expected to resume upon the recruitment of a replacement for this staff position.
provide follow-up assistance to support the design of pilot recycling program in the Lafayette Upper Elementary in the Fredericksburg School System,
present the Virginia Green lodging program to the Fredericksburg Area Hospitality Council which formed a committee to promote voluntary participation among Council membership, support local environmental organizations efforts to promote recycling awareness through eco-friendly merchant contest and prizes given away on Earth Day,
The Green Earth sub-committee worked with GWRC staff to:
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