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What We Do

Virginia Sea Grant works to enhance the sustainability and viability of coastal communities through economic and social science research as well as extension activities. The coastal community development program within VIMS Marine Advisory services department conducts economic analyses and supports coastal industries such as marinas, boating, seafood, and tourism. We have also partnered with Old Dominion University and William & Mary Law School on projects that address climate change adaptation.

Extension projects include:

Current research and extension work is featured below.

Susan Vermillion. ©VCPC

VCPC Takes Another Look at Virginia’s Dillon Rule

The VCPC is evaluating the issue of local government authority under the Dillon Rule to help Virginia localities effectively adapt to sea level rise.

Rosemary Hambright. ©VCPC

VCPC Assesses Unregulated Chemical Storage in James River

This Spring, two VCPC students will work with the James River Association to assess the storage of unregulated chemical substances along the James River.

Matthew Hubbard. ©VCPC

VCPC Examines Drainage System in Matthews County

This Spring, two VCPC students will examine a system of drainage ditches across Matthews County that often floods into nearby roads and properties.

Hannah Needleman. ©VCPC

VCPC Researches Impact of Sealants on Chesapeake Bay

This Spring, a VCPC student is researching the impacts of coal tar sealants on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Lauren Coleman. ©VCPC

VCPC Researches Oyster Grounds in Nansemond River

A VCPC student is working with the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance to research oyster grounds in the Nansemond River.

©Julia Robins/VASG

The Right Model for the Job: Storm Surge Models at Hampton Roads Forum

At the 7th Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum, modeling experts shared insights on the most common storm surge modeling tools used for planning and response.

Ray Toll. ©Old Dominion University

ODU Hosts White House-Sponsored Event on Sea Level Rise Preparedness, Mitigation

With support from FEMA, Old Dominion University hosted a day-long exercise to simulate the effects of sea level rise and climate change in Virginia and the nation.

©Julia Robins/VASG

VCU Students Talk Gloucester Land Use at Public Meeting (SLIDESHOW)

On October 7, VCU graduate students discussed with Gloucester about future land use for the land known as Lands Ends Subdivision.

Senator Kaine, Gov. McAuliffe’s Chief Resiliency Officer Appointment Featured at W&M Adaptation Conference

Senator Kaine, Gov. McAuliffe’s Chief Resiliency Officer Appointment Featured at W&M Adaptation Conference

Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic’s December 5 conference brought together policymakers, scientists, business owners, members of nonprofits, and students to discuss progress and future efforts that Virginia’s coasts will need to adapt to long-term change in sea levels.

©Julia Robins/VASG

VCU Design Team Advances Gloucester Land Use Plans

VCU MURP design team got helpful feedback from Gloucester residents at its second meeting to determine future land-use for historic Gloucester property.

Toren Elsen. ©VCPC

VCPC Analyzes Supplemental Environment Projects

Toren Elsen will work with the Virginia Environmental Endowment to analyze Supplemental Environmental Projects.

Sean Smiley. ©VCPC

VCPC Addresses Inherited Property and Sea Level Rise

Sean Smiley will work for the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission to address issues with inherited property in the face of sea level rise.

Jeremy Forrest. ©VCPC

VCPC Discusses Sea Level Rise Preparedness in Hampton Roads

As a student in the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, Jeremy Forrest will work with an ODU representative and Norfolk Naval Base officers to create a framing document for a “whole of government” pilot project.

James Andris. ©VCPC

VCPC Examines Government Liability

James Andris will examine the government’s potential liability in the event that it fails to protect citizens from known threats, such as sea level rise.

Jacob Testa. ©VCPC

VCPC Tackles Property Value Assessments in Rural VA

Jacob Testa will work with the MPPDC to understand property value assessments following the Virginia Department of Health’s new septic system regulations.

Garrett Gee. ©VCPC

VCPC Advances Policy to Protect the Bay

Garrett Gee will work with the Chesapeake Bay Commission to help advance legislative practices that protect the Bay, climate, and economy of Virginia.

Hannah Fish. ©VCPC

VCPC Tackles Wetlands Law and Sea Level Rise

Hannah Fish will research the connection between expected sea level rise and the federal wetlands permitting process under the Clean Water Act.

Ben Willis. ©VCPC

VCPC Analyzes Water Quality Standards in the Bay

Ben Willis will write a white paper for the Clinic analyzing the impact of sea level rise on the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).


A Week of Policy: VASG and VCPC in 2014

2014 has been a busy year for the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC), and Virginia Sea Grant has never been more excited to count the clinic as part of its extension family.


Working Waterfronts Benefit Northampton Co. Businesses

Working waterfronts are critical for water-dependent business and a new report by Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant proves it.

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