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Strategies and Tools

Local and state planners need to have a variety of strategies and tools to assist in determining the best management practices for their region. This section will help to consolidate these items to one location.

New Tools

EPA New Tool

Tools Launched to Promote Climate Adaptation in the Water Utilities Sector
EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative has launched two tools that promote a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options by translating complex climate projections into understandable, actionable, localized information for the water sector (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities). The "Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange" gives water sector utilities an interactive platform to explore real-world climate adaptation case studies and encourages utilities to connect with one another and share communities' adaptation strategies. The web-based "Workshop Planner for Climate Change and Extreme Events Adaptation" assists water sector stakeholders with conducting climate change adaptation workshops, helping utilities and communities explore and understand how more intense and frequent extreme weather events can affect water resources.

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EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States. Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

The Calculator accesses several national databases that provide soil, topography, rainfall, and evaporation information for the chosen site. The user supplies information about the site’s land cover and selects the types of low impact development (LID) controls they would like to use.


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EPA Nonpoint Souce Outreach Toolbox for effective and targeted outreach campaigns.

EPA digital shorts: Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In

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Photo Credit: Illinois EPA

WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE MANUAL - for 2012 305(b) / 303(d) Integrated Water Quality Report

Chesapeake Bay Phase V Model

Chesapeake Bay Program Water Quality Steering Commitee Workgroup Briefing Materials - May 2007

Virginia Pump-Out Stations by Waterbody

Publications, Maps, Reports

YR Conflict Report

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission and its member localities and partnership agencies undertook a study to enable local governments to identify and determine the issues and conflicts that are affecting the waterfront.

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"Development Growth Outpacing Progress in Watershed Efforts to Restore the Chesapeake Bay," This review was conducted in response to a congressional request to determine how well EPA is assisting its Chesapeake Bay partners in restoring the Bay.  This report focuses on progress to reduce nutrient and sediment loads from developed and developing land sources.
MPPDC Report

Interested in TMDLs? The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission has produced a report entitled "Inventory of Non Traditional Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems and Impacts on Land Use Patterns." This report and associated links contains maps showing installed and potential engineered septic sites of the counties within the York River drainage.

Essex Co. - OSDS and Comparison
Gloucester Co. - OSDS and Comparison
King William Co. - OSDS and Comparison
Mathews Co. - OSDS and Comparison
Middlesex - OSDS and Comparison
Middle Peninsula Map and Installation Costs

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Cover - VA DCR

Healthy Waters - A new ecological approach to identifying and protecting healthy waters in Virginia

Eastern Shore Native Plant Guide The useful and beautiful publication Native Plants of Accomack and Northampton is now available on the VA CZM Program Website.
York River Fact Sheet

View the State of the Dragon Run brochure


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Conserving Natural Assets to Meet Regulatory and Economic Goals presents methods for evaluating natural resources and creating a connected landscape, new modeling tools for calculating pollution reductions, and research that shows conserving natural assets builds financial value for communities.

coastal climate tools

The potential impacts of climate change are already influencing the choices that coastal communities, resource managers, and conservation practitioners are making for ecosystems and infrastructure. To help prepare for the far-reaching effects of these changes, the EBM Tools Network released a free publication: Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning: A guide for selecting tools to assist with ecosystem-based climate planning.

Mercury/PCB Fish Advisories

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York River and Small Coastal Basins

Harmful Algal Blooms

DEQ Water Monitoring Information

Virginia Estuarine & Coastal Observing System


Virginia Estuarine & Coastal Observing System - provides dataflow and up-to-date water quality monitoring information for the lower Chesapeake Bay

Living Shorelines

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Photo Credit: Karen Duhring

Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) Living Shorelines Website

Bay Health Index - Chesapeake Bay Program/IAN

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Chesapeake Bay Program/Integration & Application Network Presentation

EPA Enviromapper for Water Quality

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EPA Enviromapper interactive map for the York River Mainstem

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) in the Chesapeake Bay

Photo Credit: Koel Ghosh

Virginia Institute of Marine Science SAV Program

"SAV Beds Show Improvement in Parts of Middle Bay Virginia Tributaries - 2006"

Land and Water Conservation

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  LWCF is America’s most important tool for conserving national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, historic sites and other federal lands, and for supporting acquisition and development of state and local parks. Senator Bingaman (NM), joined to date by ten co-sponsors, has introduced S. 2747, the Land and Water Reauthorization Act of 2009.






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