Crater Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
The Crater staff will work with the Commission’s Environmental Resources Management Task Force comprised of the planning directors of the Crater Planning District to carry out this Technical Assistance program. The objective of the program is to have “Tidewater Communities” working in partnership to manage our coastal resources. The expected outcome of the program is that our communities will have a better understanding of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and, therefore, better prepared to address the region’s coastal resources issues. The Commission staff will assist tidewater communities with (1) environmental impact reviews of local, state, and federal projects, (2) comprehensive plan updates and reviews and ordinance revisions that incorporate environmental resources and coastal issues, such as green infrastructure, climate change, stormwater management, natural hazard mitigation, public access, wetlands, floodplains, shoreline erosion, groundwater management, transportation planning, as well as Bay Act requirements and (3) regional data coordination (i.e. social, economic and environment). The Commission will continue to participate in the Albemarle-Chowan Watershed Roundtable meetings. The Commission staff will share data about the Virginia portion of the watershed because more than 75 percent of the land area of Crater’s tidewater communities are located in the Chowan Watershed. The Crater Planning District Commission has been involved in watershed planning initiatives encompassing the Appomattox and James Rivers in the areas of specific environmental and land use initiatives as they relate to the Commission’s “Tidewater Communities”. The initiatives also include close coordination with state and federal agencies. The Commission will continue to participate in the Middle James Roundtable activities and the planning and implementation of TMDL studies for the impaired waters and streams in the region through the staff’s participation in the TMDL Technical Advisory Committees. The Crater Commission will continue to provide staff support to the “Friends of the Lower Appomattox River” organization. Its mission statement is “communities working in partnership to conserve and protect the Appomattox River”. Its work program includes implementation of the Lower Appomattox River Corridor Greenway/Blueway Plan, development of a 23 mile regional trail from City Point in Hopewell to Lake Chesdin in Chesterfield County, water quality monitoring, riparian tree planting, and river clean up. The Commission will also work with “The Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront” on conservation initiatives.
Victor Liu - 804.861.1666; email@example.com
10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011; Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Crater Planning District Commission Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
Product #1 – Environmental Impact Reviews
Commission staff reviewed 19 Environmental Impact reports during the past year. The projects were varied and included military applications, shoreline stabilization, power generators, wastewater treatment facilities, water withdrawals, pollution discharge, and grant funding applications.
Product #2 – Report on Coastal Meetings
Four (4) quarterly meetings were held during the past year: December 10, 2010; March 4, 2011; June 17, 2011; and September 23, 2011. In addition to local government and Crater PDC staff, representatives from the following entities attended at least once: Fort Lee, Virginia Main Street Program, Virginia Scenic Rivers Program, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.
Product #3 – Coastal Training
The Commission sponsored several training sessions on the following topics: 1) Virginia Main Street Program, 2) Virginia Scenic Rivers Program, 3) 2010 Census and Redistricting, 4) Chesapeake Bay TMDL, 5) Rural Transportation Planning, and 6) Rivers of the Richmond Region.
Product #4 – Appomattox River Interpretive Guide
The Commission staff completed the Appomattox River Interpretive Guide showing manmade and natural features along the Lower Appomattox River Corridor from Lake Chesdin eastward to City Point in Hopewell. It can be downloaded here: http://www.craterpdc.org/environment/documents/Appomattox_River_Interpretive_Guide_FINAL_Oct_2011.pdf.
Additional Environmental Matters
The Commission, in partnership with Richmond Regional PDC, continued work on the green infrastructure project. Detailed studies of areas around Fort Lee and within City Point in Hopewell will be completed by the end of 2011.
The Commission, in partnership with Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) and the James River Association, participated in two river clean-ups (Fall and Spring) along the Lower Appomattox River Corridor. Together the volunteers collected over 29 tons of waste from the shorelines along the corridor, made up mostly of discarded tires.
The Commission staff continues to provide administrative and staff support to FOLAR through grant application and project management. During the year, more than $32,000 was raised from private donors.
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