Virginia Institute of Marine Science-Center for Coastal Resource Management
Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support
Project Description as Proposed:
The project provides operational support for tidal wetlands management technical support provided by Virginia Institute of Marine Science Wetlands Program staff. The project will specifically support routine advisories and impact assessment preparation, assist in publication of technical reports and newsletters prepared by the Wetlands Program and the supporting materials for the outreach education offerings, and maintenance of the permit database websites.
Dawn Fleming - 804.684.7380; firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010: Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010 (PDF)
Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support "Virginia Wetlands Report" Spring 2010 (PDF)
Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support "Rivers & Coast" Summer 2010 (PDF)
Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support "Virginia Wetlands Report" Fall 2010 (PDF)
Tidal Wetlands Management Technical Support "Rivers & Coast" Winter 2010 (PDF)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
This project provided operational support for tidal wetlands management technical support provided by the Center for Coastal Resources Management Wetlands Program staff. Wetlands Program personnel provided routine advisories and impact assessment preparation; maintenance of a permit database and website; and produced newsletters and the supporting materials for outreach education offerings. Technical advisory activities encompassed everything from verbal communications to written environmental assessments. The Wetlands Program reviews Joint Permit Applications for completeness. When an application does not include the minimal information necessary for VIMS to provide relevant project-specific recommendations, the application is considered incomplete. Effort was made this grant period to modify the incomplete form and a protocol for implementation; to incorporate these changes on our website; and to continuously review all incoming applications. The Center continues to maintain an online tutorial to help applicants correctly fill out the JPA. In addition, VIMS alone serves the permit data online which is routinely accessed by applicants and other government agencies through a searchable database. The permit data includes the original joint permit application; VIMS permit review reports, incomplete forms and impact estimates table; and all related additional information, public notices and photos. CCRM produces two biannual newsletters – the Virginia Wetlands Report and Rivers & Coast. The Virginia Wetlands Report informs readers of near-shore environmental science and related issues to influence better tidal shoreline decisions, and serves to announce upcoming workshops and educational opportunities. The Rivers & Coast newsletter covers one topic written for three perspectives – the general public, managers, and legislators – and provides information that goes from the big picture down to local relevance. Both newsletters are mailed to approximately 2000 individuals, including all local wetlands board members, local and state agency personnel, General Assembly members, and interested private citizens. The newsletters are distributed for free to any interested subscriber, and are available online. The Center also sends an enewsletter to approximately 1250 email addresses. The CCRM e-News provides the reader with reminders, quick tips, and alerts, by summarizing issues that relate to coastal and estuarine resources, shoreline and wetland habitats, climate change, and shallow water management and pointing the reader to more detailed information on our website. CCRM trainings for local government staff on Integrated Shoreline Management were held locally for the city of Portsmouth (10/17/10), and Prince William County (12/08/09), Northumberland County (4/13/10), Stafford County (4/19/10), King George County (7/06/10) and Fairfax County (9/24/10). The Wetlands Program was also responsible for organizing and hosting a Tidal Wetlands Workshop held at VIMS on April 22nd 2010. This workshop on coastal management decision tools unveiled CCRM’s newly developed Decision Tree for Undefended Shorelines. The decision tree leads users through a series of questions about shoreline characteristics and results in a recommendation of the environmentally preferable treatment(s) for that shoreline. The process of planning, developing, training, online automation, and field validation for several more decision trees is currently underway. To view any of the previously mentioned items, please see CCRM’s website (http://ccrm.vims.edu//).
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