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, preparation and presentation of two workshops, assist in publication costs of technical reports and newsletters prepared by Wetlands Program as well as supporting materials for the outreach education offerings, and maintenance of the permit data base web sites.
Dawn Fleming - 804.684.7380; firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011; Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Tideal Wetlands Management Technical Support (PDF)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee: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 e-newsletter 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 by pointing the reader to more detailed information on our website. The Wetlands Program was responsible for organizing and hosting a Tidal Wetlands Workshop held at VIMS on May 5th, 2011. This workshop on applying policy to shoreline management unveiled CCRM’s Decision Tree for Currently Defended Shorelines. This is the second decision tree in a series which leads users through several questions about shoreline characteristics and results in a recommendation of the environmentally preferable treatment(s) for that shoreline. The processof planning, developing, training, online automation, and field validation for several more decision trees is currently underway. In addition, CCRM trainings for local government staff on “Tools for Coastal Resource Management” including how to use the Decision Trees and an introduction to the Center’s newly developed Comprehensive Coastal Resource
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. In a cooperative effort, Wetlands Program staff are attending wetlands board meetings where VMRC is presenting information on the legislative requirement for a living shoreline general permit. In September, VIMS attended 11 of these meetings to listen to issues and concerns and to answer technical questions. The Center continues to maintain an online tutorial to help applicants correctly fill out the joint permit application. 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
Management Plans (CCRMP) was initiated at the end of this grant year. To view any of the previously mentioned items,
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
please see CCRM’s website (http://ccrm.vims.edu//).