The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) develops and supports integrated and adaptive management of coastal zone resources. To fulfill this mission, the Center undertakes research, provides advisory service, and conducts outreach education.
Despite the efforts that have been invested in developing scientifically based technical guidance for permit decisions, the cumulative performance of Virginia’s Tidal Wetlands Program has fallen short of the no-net loss goal. Regulatory Fidelity to Guidance in Virginia's Tidal Wetlands Program documents the extent of regulatory fidelity within the Tidal Wetlands Program and the role of wetlands boards to ensure project consistency with environmental guidance.
The Shoreline Best Management Practices Course is a free online course directed primarily at local government staff and appointed Board members in the Tidewater region of Virginia. It has 11 modules with videos and quizzes which provides an overview of the scientific rationale behind the latest shoreline best management practice recommendations.
Floating platforms support plant species that improve water quality, benefit wildlife and look good. Floating islands projects at VIMS and other locations benefit wildlife and their habitats.
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Learn more about ecological services, threats, permits and compensation/mitigation of wetlands in "Virginia's Watery Wonderland", an article in Virginia Wildlife Magazine from contributor Glenda Booth. Photo: Bill Lea.
Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia reports adaptation strategies from impacts to recurrent flooding and was submitted to the VA General Assembly. Three main categories of recommendations include: Management & Retreat, Accommodation, and Protection.