The newly formed HRPDC Hampton Roads Special Committee on Recurrent Flooding and Sea Level Rise met for the first time on Friday, June 20th. The committee was established with three objectives:
The committee developed a list of issues to tackle in support of the first objective including:
The committee discussed HRPDC’s plans to hold Dutch Dialogues in the region. The Dutch Dialogues have been held in New Orleans and St Louis and consist of work sessions between local stakeholders and Dutch experts on water management. The sessions focus on developing actions specific to a neighborhood scale problem that take a broad approach to managing sea level rise, stormwater, and groundwater to address both flooding and water quality problems. Reports from these efforts are available at http://dutchdialogues.com/.
The committee was also asked to review the draft charter for ODU’s “Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project” to address Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience. The committee will provide input on the local government role in this effort. Diane Kaufman from Senator Tim Kaine’s office encouraged the committee members to attend the congressional workshop, “Hampton Roads Sea-Level Rise and Preparedness Action Items at the Federal Level”, on June 30th where our congressmen and state and local elected officials will be discussing the needs of the region.