The VCPC is evaluating the issue of local government authority under the Dillon Rule to help Virginia localities effectively adapt to sea level rise.
Category for Coastal Communities
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:
- Economic Analyses
- Small Grants
- Marina Technical Advisory Program and Clean Marina Program
- Fisheries Resource Grant Program
- Accessing the Virginia Coast
- Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic at William & Mary Law
- Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum at Old Dominion University
Current research and extension work is featured below.
This Spring, two VCPC students will work with the James River Association to assess the storage of unregulated chemical substances along the James River.
This Spring, two VCPC students will examine a system of drainage ditches across Matthews County that often floods into nearby roads and properties.
This Spring, a VCPC student is researching the impacts of coal tar sealants on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
A VCPC student is working with the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance to research oyster grounds in the Nansemond River.
At the 7th Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum, modeling experts shared insights on the most common storm surge modeling tools used for planning and response.
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.
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
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.
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 will work with the Virginia Environmental Endowment to analyze Supplemental Environmental Projects.
Sean Smiley will work for the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission to address issues with inherited property in the face of sea level rise.
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 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 will work with the MPPDC to understand property value assessments following the Virginia Department of Health’s new septic system regulations.
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 will research the connection between expected sea level rise and the federal wetlands permitting process under the Clean Water Act.
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).
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 are critical for water-dependent business and a new report by Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant proves it.