Links to trainings, tools, webinars and materials relevant to coastal decision makers
COVID on the Coast: Capturing the Story of What Happened, How We're Coping and What's Next - A 3-part series highlighting the challenges, solutions and silver linings surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact in coastal Virginia. Click on the links below for more.
Panel 1: Government officials, including representatives from federal, state, regional and local agencies
Panel 2: Educators, including formal and informal practitioners
Panel 3: Research scientists and managers, including academic and regulatory representatives
Resource Bank: Additional resources to supplement recorded conversations and inspire solutions
Living Shorelines Academy Learn about living shorelines – what they are, how they are designed and built, and how they serve our coastal habitats and communities. Whether you are a property owner looking for alternatives to mitigate erosion on your shoreline property, or a contractor or a policy maker looking to gain more in depth knowledge about the design and permitting of living shorelines, on this site you can find a course, project databases, literature and additional resources to help you achieve those goals.
Whole-Community Coastal Climate Resilience Planning Planners, local officials and community leaders can take this online training to learn about a new framework for holistic, community-based resilience planning to more equitably and meaningfully engage historically underrepresented and vulnerable communities in resilience planning.
AdaptVA Provides an interface to consider multiple aspects of the coastal plain simultaneously, using infrastructure and natural resource inventories, flood risk maps, water level forecasts, story maps, and policy information
Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal An online toolkit and resource center that consolidates available data and enables state, federal and local users to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitat areas, and energy sites, among others.
Restoration Webinar Series (ongoing) Hosted by NOAA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this webinar series communicates new approaches, best management practices and innovative restoration techniques to some of our nation’s greatest restoration challenges. The series covers a broad spectrum of topics including: planning and implementing restoration projects; project monitoring and evaluation at multiple time scales; accounting for a changing climate in restoration; regional restoration planning and priority setting; and permitting.
Water Research Webinar Series (ongoing) EPA's Office of Research and Development hosts this webinar series to share current research activities and results. Through innovative science and engineering, EPA’s researchers are developing cost-effective, sustainable solutions to 21st century complex water issues. The scientific results and innovative technologies developed support EPA’s mandate to protect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of our Nation’s water resources, and to ensure safe drinking water and water systems.
Management, Policy, Science and Engineering of Nonstructural Erosion Control in the Chesapeake Bay: Proceedings of the 2006 Living Shoreline Summit. This document contains information designed for coastal managers, policy-makers, landowners, marine contractors, engineers, scientists, and regulators on the practice of, construction of, and case studies for living shorelines. Proceedings Full Document
Shoreline Management Handbook - Covers the history behind the passage of the original tidal wetlands legislation (VA) in 1972, up to contemporary details of the shoreline permit application and approval process. It also addresses the duties of wetlands boards, how to conduct public hearings, and how shoreline management relates to larger restoration goals. While the main target audience for the Handbook is Virginian citizen regulators on local wetland boards, the Handbook is also useful for regulatory agency staff, policy analysts, coastal resource managers, and the general public.