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1992 - The Department of Resource Management & Policy (RMAP) was established. The RMAP department was originally housed in the Coastal Inventory Program trailer and located across from Brooke Hall on the VIMS campus

1994 - RMAP administrative offices moved to Pollock House and the trailer was also moved to the Pollock House area. Following the move, a second trailer was purchased which now houses the CCRM Wetlands Program.

1999 - The Department of Resource Management & Policy was split and the Center as it exists today became the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM). The portion that was split off became the Department of Coastal and Ocean Policy (DCOP).

2001 - A third trailer was purchased for the CCRM complex which now houses the Watershed Program.

Current and Planned Focus Areas

Wetlands Program:

  • support tidal wetlands management (local Wetlands Boards and Virginia Marine Resource Commission);

  • support nontidal wetlands management (Virginia Department of Environmental Quality);

  • develop and maintain tidal and nontidal wetlands assessment and monitoring for Virginia;

  • develop integration of policy/management guidance for shoreline resources in Virginia;

  • extend wetland monitoring protocols to other states in region

Coastal Inventory Program:

  • develop and maintain tidal shoreline inventory for Virginia;

  • complete tidal shoreline inventory for Maryland;

  • develop and promulgate geodata toolkit for local governments;

  • develop “blue infrastructure” inventory and planning for Virginia;

  • export monitoring and analysis protocols to cooperating national and international programs (e.g. Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork, Ireland)

Coastal Watersheds Program:

  • develop and extend shallow water use management plan for Virginia;

  • develop indicators of aquatic ecosystem condition;

  • develop guidance for water resource management in coastal plain;

  • develop and implement shallow water habitat inventory program

  • develop innovative solutions for coastal resource sampling problems (e.g. acoustic signatures, thermal imaging, side scan sonar mapping)