Essex County Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Portal

Your gateway to information and tools to assist Essex County with implementation of tidal shoreline laws & policy established by the Virginia General Assembly.   Access to downloadable files is included.  When downloading data from this site, users agree to all conditions outlined in this disclaimer.


The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) provides these data with the understanding that they are not guaranteed to be correct or complete, and conclusions drawn from the data set are the sole responsibility of the user. Every attempt has been made to ensure that these data and the documentation are reliable and accurate. CCRM, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), and the Commonwealth of Virginia  assume no liability for any damages caused by inaccuracies in the data or documentation; and make no warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or utility of this information, nor does the fact of distribution constitute a warranty.

Mapping Tools

Interactive map viewers use the most recent available data pertaining to shoreline conditions, shoreline access and protection structures, tidal marshes, beaches, bathymetry, and topographic elevations, to map and display preferred shoreline best management practices and sea-level rise scenarios. (best viewed on large screens)

Shoreline & Tidal Marsh Inventory

Current and historical mapping of shoreline features.

  • Shoreline Inventory Summary Tables – 2018 & 2001
  • Shoreline Inventory Reports – 2018 & 2001
  • Historical Tidal Marsh Inventory – 1979
GIS Data Downloads

Click below to download data included in the most recent shoreline inventory.  Metadata is also included that describes each shapefile, defines attribute accuracy, data development, and any use restrictions that pertain to the data.

  • Shoreline Inventory GIS Data – 2018 & 2001 includes TMI GIS data
  • Tidal Marsh Inventory GIS Data – 2018
  • Shoreline Management Model GIS Data – 2018
General Guidance