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Virginia Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Work Group

Purpose of The VA-ADV Work Group
This work group is a result of interest by many agencies, nonprofits and members of the boating committee to address the issues of abandoned and derelict vessels in Virginia. The Virginia Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Work Group (VA-ADV Work Group) will coordinate an examination of the issues surrounding recreational, commercial, and “legacy” ADVs in VA, focusing on solutions that have been attempted or implemented in other states with well-developed programs.  

Photo by Gary Jacobs, Stafford County, VA

Acknowledging the impact of ADVs on navigation, ecosystems, economies, and communities, this work group will include representatives from pollution regulatory agencies, marine law enforcement, marinas, tribes, nonprofit organizations, the boating community, coastal management, coastal policy and other interested parties.

Facilitation of the Work Group will be provided by Clean Virginia Waterways (CVW) of Longwood University with support from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (CZM). The Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan (VMDRP) identified the benefits that increased collaboration could bring to marine debris issues including ADV. While the focus of this work group will be ADV specific, it may also serve to offer a pathway and BMPs for other large marine debris such as structures, docks, and even dead whales. The VMDRP was developed through a collaborative process led by CZM. 

Inventory of ADV in Virginia

The work group has created an open-access Inventory Form, and we hope to have boaters, marinas, and everyday citizens use this tool to help us build an inventory of ADV in the state. Please distribute this link. Co-facilitator Jeff Flood of the VA Coastal Zone Management Program is working on an ADV inventory using data received from several partners already, but we need to get the word out to boaters and the general public as well. 

Resources

End-of-Life Management of Fibre Reinforced Plastic Vessels: Alernatives to At Sea Disposal by the International Maritime Organization. 2019.

Fiberglass Disposal (part 1) Article in Professional Boatbuilders magazine. January 2021 by Dieter Loibner

North Carolina Report on Abandoned & Derelict Vessels 2019

 

 

 

Meeting Notes, Agendas & Recordings

Full Virginia ADV Work Group
Jan 5, 2021 First Meeting of the VA ADV Work Group via Zoom
- Notes and Agenda (download)
- Recording of the meeting (on YouTube)
- Handout of presentation "Overview of Abandoned and Derelict Vessels in Virginia" by Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterways

Laws and Policies Committee:
Feb 10, 2021- Zoom recording of the meeting. Notes from the meeting.

Funding Committee:
Feb 19, 2021 - Zoom recording of the meeting. Notes from the meeting.

Removal & Disposal Committee:
Feb 22, 2021 - Zoom recording of the meeting.

FULL Virginia Abandoned & Derelict Vessel Work Group
March 3, 2021 Zoom recording of the meeting.
Notes from the meeting.
Rhode Island pilot program summary (exploring alternative disposal options for fiberglass boats)
Oregon Case Study (pricing to remove ADV)

Oregon -- Presentation about ADV program

Prevention & Public Outreach Subcommittee
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Zoom recording of the meeting.
Notes from the meeting.

Laws and Policies Subcommittee
Friday, March 19, 2021 Zoom recording of the meeting.
Notes from the meeting.

Funding Subcommittee
Monday, March 22, 2021 Zoom recording of the meeting.
Notes from the meeting.

Removal & Disposal Subcommittee
Monday, March 24, 2021 Zoom recording of the meeting
Notes from the meeting


Prevention and Public Outreach Subcommittee
Thursday, April 1, 2021 (this meeting was not recorded)
Notes coming soon

Laws and Policies Subcommittee
April 23, 2021 Zoom recording of the meeting

Funding Subcommittee
April 28, 2021 Zoom recording of the meeting

Removal & Disposal Committee: April 29, 2021 Zoom recording of the meeting

Prevention and Public Outreach Subcommittee
Thursday, May 6 at 2 PM

Other subcommittee meetings were held in May to September 2021 -- notes coming soon.


Future Meetings-- dates and times
These meetings will be held via Zoom. Members of the work group are welcome to join any of the subcommittee zoom meetings. A Zoom link will be emailed to all Work Group Members.

FULL VA ADV Work Group Meeting, October 29, 2021. 10 to 11:30 AM
At this meeting members will comment on the Draft Work Group Report which includes recommendations for an ADV Prevention and Removal Program for Virginia.


WEBINARS ABOUT ADVs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program held several webinars about ADVs. See the recordings HERE.

Members of the VA ADV WORK GROUP

Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission
Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership
America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association
Carrie B. Showboat, Hampton Roads
Clean VA Waterways of Longwood University
Franklin County Board of Supervisors
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
L&G Marine Service (US Boat Tow Captain)
Law offices of Boyd & Boyd, P.C.
Lynnhaven NOW
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission
Nansemond Indian Nation
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Naval Station Norfolk
NOAA Marine Debris Program
Northern Neck Planning District Commission
Portsmouth TowBoatU.S. operation
Smith Mountain Lake Assn
Smith Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Stafford County Sheriff Office
Tri-County Lake Admin Commission
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
US Navy
US Coast Guard, VA Sector
VA Coastal Alliance
VA Coastal Policy Center
VA Coastal Zone Management Program
VA Department of Emergency Management
VA Department of Environmental Quality
VA Dept Emergency Management (Haz Mat)
VA Dept Wildlife Resources
VA Marine Police
VA Marine Resource Commission
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Virginia Port Authority
VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads
Waterway Guide Media
William & Mary Law School

For more information about this work group, contact:

Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University (registerkm@longwood.edu)
Jeff Flood, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (jefferson.flood@deq.virginia.gov)

 

 

 

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