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.
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 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 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.
1375 Greate Road
P.O. Box 1346
Gloucester Point, VA 23062