The Wetlands Project, Inc.
P.O. Box 680
Callao VA 22435
Mission Statement

Our mission is to create and strengthen programs that create long term economic and environmental value for protecting fragile wetlands ecosystems.

The Northern Neck needs wetlands. Tidal (salt or brackish water) and non-tidal (fresh water) wetlands deliver eco-services, or benefits to humans, along more than 1400 miles of shoreline and tributaries of the mighty Potomac and Rappahannock rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. These valuable wetlands filter water, protect our shorelines from erosion, provide habitat for wildlife, and shelter the nurseries that sustain our seafood industry.

But wetlands are under stress from human activities and natural events. Without voluntary participation by the general public, our wetlands will be lost or degraded and we will lose the eco-services so badly needed to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and protect our low-lying coastal areas from sea level rise.

The Wetlands Project:
  • Encourages wetlands stewardship at the local level by engaging stakeholders who know their community best.
  • Develops project concepts based on the needs of specific communities.
  • Plans and delivers short-term projects with lasting impact.
  • Will become the "go-to" source for homeowners to address how policy affects change at the local level by answering questions such as: Why should I care about this issue? What do I need to know? Where can I get the necessary information? Who will help me?
               
 
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Kate Daniel
Board Chair Faye Andrashko
Board Chair Company Affiliation Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District - retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 680
Callao, VA 22435
Telephone 800 260-0498
Fax 0 XXX-XXXX
E-mail info@thewetlandsproject.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $41,056.00
Projected Expenses $41,056.00
Statements
Mission

Our mission is to create and strengthen programs that create long term economic and environmental value for protecting fragile wetlands ecosystems.

The Northern Neck needs wetlands. Tidal (salt or brackish water) and non-tidal (fresh water) wetlands deliver eco-services, or benefits to humans, along more than 1400 miles of shoreline and tributaries of the mighty Potomac and Rappahannock rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. These valuable wetlands filter water, protect our shorelines from erosion, provide habitat for wildlife, and shelter the nurseries that sustain our seafood industry.

But wetlands are under stress from human activities and natural events. Without voluntary participation by the general public, our wetlands will be lost or degraded and we will lose the eco-services so badly needed to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and protect our low-lying coastal areas from sea level rise.

The Wetlands Project:
  • Encourages wetlands stewardship at the local level by engaging stakeholders who know their community best.
  • Develops project concepts based on the needs of specific communities.
  • Plans and delivers short-term projects with lasting impact.
  • Will become the "go-to" source for homeowners to address how policy affects change at the local level by answering questions such as: Why should I care about this issue? What do I need to know? Where can I get the necessary information? Who will help me?
               
 
 
 
Impact

The Wetlands Project incorporated in June 2013 and was granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status in May 2014. In a very short period of time, we have developed an efficient and stream-lined infrastructure, initiated a campaign to bring our message to the public and gained a reputation as an organization that gets things done. 

Primary 2015 Accomplishments:
  1. Wetlands and Shoreline Workshop for marine contractors was presented on October 7 in partnership with Lancaster County and Friends of the Rappahannock.
  2. Created the "Contractor's Toolbox", a manual for use when preparing for and during on-site shoreline evaluation and management recommendations. 
  3. Northern Neck Wetlands Adventure Trail (Phase 1) , an interpretive guide to develop and nurture the connections between community heritage and wetlands conservation. 
Primary Goals for FY 2016:
  1. Communicate a consistent wetlands conservation message relevant to Northern Neck residents through regular placement of articles in print media, creation of a speakers bureau and development of a "talking points" document that addresses topics of interest and confusion.
  2. Plan and host a "Wetlands Expo" for the general public.
  3. Implement Phase 2 of the Northern Neck "Wetlands Adventure Trail".
  4. Initiate formation of Northern Neck Coastal Resiliency Project Group
  5. Investigate opportunities to take The Wetlands Project to the Middle Peninsula and other areas of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 
 
Needs
We are a small organization and derive strength from stream-lined operations and the ability to adjust our programs based on available resources. Our goal is to deliver short-term projects with lasting impact.  Creating a strong local advisory group, identifying a community of local donors and developing a broad base of expert advisors from the wetlands sciences are core strategies.
 
The operational principles of a for-profit world are critical to the philosophy and success of The Wetlands Project.  Philanthropic programs depending solely on volunteers may struggle and lose momentum.  Effective programs require the ability to be nimble and creative in a changing world.  
 
Our 2016 priorities are to build funding capacity in the following areas:
  1. Fund-raising partners from the business community.
  2. A paid intern to manage our social media campaign and website
  3. Un-restricted funding which will allow timely commitment to small local projects 
 
 
Background
It is nearly impossible to live on the Northern Neck without being captivated by the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay in one moment and bewildered by the complexity of the issues affecting the health of the Bay in the next.  The Wetlands Project incorporated in June 2013, founded on the principle that effective wetlands preservation needs local stakeholders who understand that wetlands have environmental and economic value.
 
We launched our first major project, The Wetlands Summit, in May 2014 even before securing non-profit status. The summit has "set the course" for wetlands conservation on the Northern Neck. A dedicated group of local officials and community volunteers seeks to implement an educational program tailored to the Northern Neck, communicating a clear and consistent wetlands preservation message that is relevant to our community.
 
Funding is, and will continue to be a major problem for community-based conservation.  While large, well-known organizations are well-positioned for major funding opportunities, local organizations compete for very limited financial and volunteer resources.  For this reason, The Wetlands Project will be a driving force in creating a network for Northern Neck organizations to coordinate programs aimed at achieving common wetlands conservation goals.
 
Philanthropic programs need creative leadership.  Our operations are lean and efficient, allowing maximum flexibility and innovation.  The Chesapeake Watershed Agreement, signed in June 2014 by the District of Columbia and governors of the six states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed presents an opportunity to define and frame our vision within the goals of the agreement.  The following specific references are particularly relevant:
  • Wetlands conservation and riparian buffers (Vital Habitats Goal, Land Conservation Goal, Climate Resiliency Goal)
  • Mobilization of citizen volunteers (Stewardship Goal)
  • Stakeholder engagement, collaboration and education (Healthy Watersheds Goal)
Momentum is building for addressing the challenges of wetlands preservation on the Northern Neck.  While federal, state and local governments focus on the "big picture" of the Chesapeake Bay, climate change and other critical issues, we ask "What is the role of the community in local conservation?"
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Statewide
Board Chair
Board Chair Faye Andrashko
Company Affiliation Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District - retired
Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2019
Email fandrash37@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Gerald "Jerry" Cann Community Volunteer/Retired
Kate Daniel Community Volunteer
Warren Green Warren Green & Associates
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Bobbie Burton Northern Neck Land Conservancy - Retired
Lisa Hull Northern Neck Planning District Commission
Janet Pawlukiewitz Native Plant Society of Virginia, Northern Neck Chapter
Executive Director
Executive Director Kate Daniel
Staff
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 15
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2015
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

The Wetlands Adventure Trail is an interpretive guide that develops and nurtures the important local connections between community heritage, wetlands preservation and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Focusing on local natural attractions creates a unique opportunity to deliver a targeted environmental message to raise awareness for wetlands preservation.

The guide is an on-line information document organized by topic that is accessed on-site by visitors with smartphone or tablet capability. Similar to a tourism brochure, the information includes photos, specific site references, activities for children and details that will enhance the visitor experience.

The Wetlands Adventure Trail informs the local community about the environmental and economic importance of highly productive wetlands ecosystems, and delivers the consistent message that wetlands preservation is an option to always consider before making land use choices.

Population Served Families
Budget $4,064.00
Short Term Success Phase 1 of The Wetlands Adventure Trail is complete and includes the four Natural Heritage Areas of the Northern Neck. The program is "live" on our website and has been featured on social media by Northern Neck Tourism. Phase 2 of the project will add additional wetlands sites including state parks, a U.S. wildlife refuge and a city park. 
Long Term Success

 

  1. Build momentum for wetlands stewardship across all demographic groups of the Northern Neck.
  2. Develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay watershed by learning about local sites and wildlife habitat provided by wetlands.
  3. Increase awareness for local watershed and water quality issues as they relate to wetlands conservation.
  4. Communicate the message that all land, both public and private, contributes to healthy watersheds, which provides benefits to the community.
  5. Create a replicable, transportable model that can be easily customized for other communities.

 

Description

Virginia’s General Assembly has directed that “living shorelines” are now the preferred method of treating shoreline erosion. It is more important than ever that our contractors in the field know the importance of recommending this technique that will preserve our vital tidal wetland ecosystems.

The October 7, 2015 workshop was developed at the request of contractors and “regulators” alike. Partners include Friends of the Rappahannock and Lancaster County, Virginia .

As property owners become better informed and take a keener interest in pursuing voluntary shoreline management concepts, it is important that everyone involved in the project development communicate in an effective and consistent manner. In particular, contractors who work up and down the shoreline of the Northern Neck need to be up-to-date on the latest wetlands requirements and available resources.

Population Served Adults
Budget $5,788.00
Long Term Success

1.  Improve general wetlands ecology and ecosystem knowledge of contractors.

2.  Review shoreline treatment alternatives and interim options.
 
3.  Explain changes to wetlands rules and regulations.
 
4.  Introduce new resources.
 
5.  Exchange practical knowledge such as seasonal issues related to planting vegetated shorelines, techniques for efficiency, avoiding problems and on-going maintenance.
Description

The Wetlands Project is developing a coalition of Northern Neck business and community leaders to raise public awareness for issues and adaptation strategies that may be required as sea levels rise. The role of wetlands in coastal resiliency is a key point related to protecting low-lying areas that experience regular flooding. Long-term economic effects of sea level rise on the community will most likely be property damage, declining property values resulting from erosion, and diminishing returns from the seafood industry

Northern Neck counties comprehensive planning and local organizations are addressing some aspects of this looming problem, but there is very little engagement by the general public. Although there is a vast amount of information available, it is in some ways “inaccessible” to the public due to the complex nature of data and technology. A “Coastal Resiliency” Project Group would help filter and communicate the relevant wetlands conservation issues.

Population Served Adults
Budget $2,500.00
Long Term Success

1. Conserve and preserve existing wetlands ~ Wetland assets for the Northern Neck are clearly identified. Use existing publically available mapping technology, data and research to inform the general public of the importance of these natural areas in coastal resiliency planning.

2. Inform the general public of shoreline areas most vulnerable to storm surge ~ Use publically available mapping technology, studies, historical data and future projections

3. Restore degraded wetlands and create new wetlands for education and recreation ~ Investigate potential for public-private partnerships to engage the public and retrofit “stagnant” assets into other uses:

4.  Develop a strategy to effectively communicate with property owners and business owners Find the balance between “environmental hype” and facts. Develop and present a clear, consistent and constructive message that will resonate with local stakeholders
Description
The "Contractor's Toolbox" in an on-going initiative of Lancaster County, Friends of the Rappahannock and The Wetlands Project. A printed version of the manual was given to each attendee at the Oct. 7, 2015 "Wetlands and Shoreline Workshop".
 
The manual is designed for use when preparing for and during on-site shoreline evaluations and includes a selection of resources from a variety of organizations. Some documents are excellent marketing tools and especially suitable for contractor use during shoreline management and project proposal discussion with property owners. Essential mapping tools and downloadable sources for most of the toolbox documents are also included.
 
An on-line version of the manual has been posted on The Wetlands Project website and additional information will be added as it becomes available. The network of workshop attendees will receive on-line links to updated documents on an"as-needed" basis.
 http://www.thewetlandsproject.org/our-projects/the-contractors-toolbox/
Population Served Adults
Budget $5,500.00
Long Term Success
Success will be measured by achievement of the goals of the initiative. It is too early to tell what the ultimate success of the program will be.  Goals:
  1. Inform marine contractors and their clients about the economic and environmental value of wetlands.
  2. Introduce new shoreline management treatment alternatives.
  3. Provide current information on changes to Virginia regulations related to wetlands and coastal areas. 
Description
The Nimby Shoreline Network is an initiative to connect residents and second home owners with information that could influence decisions regarding shoreline management on private property. The network efficiently uses the existing structure of homeowner associations and informal neighborhood groups that maintain regular contact with their members.
NIMBY plays on the famous "Not In My Back Yard" reaction that is often heard in response to development and conservation projects alike.  In this case, NIMBY refers to a reaction against hardening shorelines with armor rock or bulkheads when a simpler and potentially less expensive natural approach works just as well, if not better. http://www.thewetlandsproject.org/projects/nimby-shoreline-network/#more-1108
 
 
 
Population Served Adults
Budget $2,500.00
Short Term Success
  1. Implements a strategy to effectively communicate with property and business owners.
  2. Provides factual information to stakeholders that addresses relevant issues such as tax credits and low interest loans for investment in construction of living shorelines.
Long Term Success
  1. Increases visibility for programs developed by Virginia's General Assembly that are now available to property owners.
  2. Knowledge gained by the general public will encourage county officials to adopt new long-term programs related to wetlands conservation and shoreline management.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $41,056.00
Projected Expenses $41,056.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$20,296$31,283$4,633
Administration Expense$6,110$6,357$930
Fundraising Expense$233$5,298$2,305
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.210.822.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%73%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%15%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,020$1,054$8,132
Current Assets$6,020$1,054$8,132
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$87$633--
Total Net Assets$5,933$421$8,132
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities69.201.67--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Received tax-exempt status in 2014.
  • Form 990 prepared by Chesapeake Accounting Group, P.C.
  • Financial statement prepared internally by the organization.