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Virginia CZM Program: 2014 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Development and Implementation of Public Outreach and Adaptation Responses to Sea Level Rise

Project Description as Proposed:

The Hampton Roads region of Virginia is projected to be significantly vulnerable in terms of population, assets, and resources to the impacts of sea level rise, including chronic flooding/inundation and larger effects from storm surge during hurricanes and nor’easters. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission has recognized the significance of this threat for the last several years and has consistently sought out opportunities to fund projects and studies and to partner with other stakeholders in the region, including academic institutions such as the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Old Dominion University, state/federal agencies such as the Virginia Sea Grant program and NOAA, and local government partners such as Virginia Beach, to promote effective long-term planning for sea level rise and flooding adaptation. In 2013/2014 Virginia Beach worked with the HRPDC on a CZM Grant to evaluate current sea level rise and recurrent flooding efforts, develop sea level rise projection maps and begin assessing potential impacts to Virginia Beach, and develop a community engagement strategy.  This project will build on those efforts by implementing a community outreach strategy, recommended and developed by previous efforts, to engage local residents about the impacts of sea level rise and local policies to address those impacts. Specifically, this project will fund a variety of strategies, including workshops, meetings, and educational materials, to inform residents of the City of Virginia Beach about policies under consideration to help the city adapt to sea level rise. Citizen input will be solicited and incorporated into the city’s comprehensive plan update, which will be completed over the next year.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Benjamin McFarlane, 757.420.8300;

Project Status:

10/1/14 - 9/30/15; Project Open

Final Product Received:


Project Summary Provided by Grantee:


Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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