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Coastal Topics Catalog: Development

research projects
Habitat Restoration Options for Generating Stations Virginia Dominion Power
Focus for this project was based on three predominant types of aquatic habitat restoration: seagrass, oyster reef and salt marsh. Advancing specific restoration options as part of compliance plans for generating stations requires technically sound “scaling” to link impingement and entrainment losses to restoration project outcomes. Status of restoration scaling for environmental compensation in estuarine environments was reviewed.

Influence of Land Use on Macrobenthic Communities in Nearshore Estuarine Habitats
Our objective was to examine the influence of shoreline alteration and watershed land use on nearshore macrobenthic communities using established indices for related estuarine environments.

Remote Sensing of Natural Areas: Procedures and Considerations for Assessing Stress and Pollution
A technical report on wetland vegetation stress and how it can be measured using visible and IR wavelengths.

Wetland Restoration Plan at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia
This project involves providing expert advice on the design and construction of a wetlands restoration project on the naval shipyard property.

science publications
Cummulative Impacts of Shoreline Construction Activity on Tidal Wetlands in Virginia
Article that discusses wetlands impacts along 5,242 miles and 213,686 acress of vegetated tidal wetlands.

State of the York Watershed 2000
A publication that gives a report on the state of the York River watershed for the year 2000.

map products
Development of Tidal Wetland Inventory and Assessment for York River, Virginia Watershed
The objective of this project is to provide VMRC and DEQ the ability to report status and trends of estuarine wetlands along with cumulative impacts to this resource within the York River watershed. CCRM will utilize unique data sets obtained over the past 30 +/- years to provide a GIS-based analysis. In addition to the remotely sensed data outlined above, data previously collected by CCRM’s Comprehensive Coastal Inventory (CCI) will be incorporated into this assessment.

Marina Siting Suitability Index and Map Portfolio
The following information is, or will be available at this site: documentation related to this protocol, digital map portfolio, and GIS coverages. The metadata record is also available.

Marina Suitability
The tidal waters of Virginia were divided into 28 tiles for publication purposes. For each geographic boundary defined by a tile, there is one map for each major category: habitat, water quality, and design. A fourth map represents the cumulative landscape assessment of all three major criteria evaluated together.

Shallow Water Use Conflicts Tool
This project uses GIS to evaluate conditions suitable for a variety of activities that may occur within the shallow water zone of the estuary.

Tidal Wetlands Assessment - York River Assessment
This study provides baseline data on the extent and condition of 2,188 tidal wetlands within the York River Watershed. These data provide valuable information in identifying wetland restoration opportunities, evaluating appropriate mitigation ratios, and determining cumulative impacts within a watershed.

Waterfront Development and Potential Impacts to Aquatic Habitat: A Planning Tool for Evaluating Resource Sensitivity
This project considers specific criteria in a waterfront landscape that collectively appraise the potential risk of development to sensitive aquatic resources. The protocol evaluates conditions on the landscape based on three major categories: existing land use, impacts to sensitive habitat, and potential impacts to water quality.

Waterfront Development Tool
This project considers specific criteria in a waterfront landscape that collectively appraise the potential risk of development to sensitive aquatic resources. The protocol evaluates conditions on the landscape based on three major categories: existing land use, impacts to sensitive habitat, and potential impacts to water quality.

Wetlands Mitigation Targeting Tool
This tool uses GIS to target sites in the landscape suitable for wetland creation. It has application for wetland restoration or mitigation projects. The tool outputs selected sites based on five suitability parameters: presence of hydric soils, presence of hydrology, adjacency to existing wetlands, existing landuse and the opportunity for landscape conversion, and proximity to designated conservation areas.

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