Through the Coastal Training Program (CTP), the CBNERR in Virginia addresses critical coastal resource management issues by providing up-to-date scientiﬁc information, access to technologies, and skill-building opportunities to key professionals responsible for making decisions about coastal resources. Focus areas generally include coastal habitat restoration, natural resources management, water quality, stormwater management, land use and coastal development issues. Key target issues are further refined by use of needs assessments, post-workshop surveys, contact with target audiences and key partners, and responses to pressing issues and situations.
The CTP promotes science based decision-making by developing and providing educational programs that specifically target identified training needs. As needs are identified, and programs are developed, the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) will identify and collaborate with appropriate partners to make training opportunities available.
Identified Training Needs
Based on input from training participants and survey results, the CTP in Virginia will initially focus on coastal land-use impacts in the following contexts: (1) riparian buffers and wetlands; (2) shoreline management; and (3) water quality and water management. Please check the web site to find out details about upcoming workshops, or contact Sandra Erdle at 804.684.7144.
Upcoming Workshops - check out the upcoming workshops page for a listing of future planned workshops and registration information!
Do you have an idea for a training opportunity or program that you would find particularly helpful? Please let me know by sending me a quick note!! Please call or email me, Sandra Erdle , 804.684.7144 and let me know what you think!!