Hampton Roads has been identified as one of the most vulnerable areas to sea level rise in the country; second only to New Orleans. To address the myriad challenges to state and local government as well as coastal stakeholders, Governor McAuliffe has convened the Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. Our own Ben McFarlane will be chairing the Land Use & Transportation Work Group as a part of this initiative. The work group is charged with reviewing recommendations from various reports to evaluate and prioritize actions for the next two years.
The work group was formed during a recent conference titled, "Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth.” Other actions of note included the Governor naming Eric Moran as Chief Resiliency Officer for the Commonwealth. This position will work to facilitate communication across all state agencies involved in climate change and sea level rise issues. In addition, a sea level rise planning protocol will be developed for coastal areas of Virginia.