VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Residents of Virginia Beach will soon be able to ask questions and share their thoughts on the issue of sea-level rise at several upcoming public forums.
“Sea level is expected to continue increasing in the future, and at a high rate,” said Phillip Davenport, the city’s director of public works in a release. “The City of Virginia Beach recognizes these challenges and has taken a proactive stance to ensure a vibrant future.”
The meetings will take place over the next 12-18 weeks, and feature Michelle Covi, an ocean, Earth and atmospheric sciences professor at Old Dominion University.
Covi and her research team want to learn about the public’s attitude towards certain sea level adaption strategies, and use that data to help develop the city’s long-term strategy.
That 5-year plan, named the Comprehensive Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding Analysis and Planning Study, was started in 2015 to provide a blueprint for flood resiliency. The plan features a three-phase approach: to assess current problems, find ways to reduce risk and increase resiliency.
Davenport says each meeting will focus on particular watersheds in the area, such as the Lynnhaven and Elizabeth rivers, and the city’s 31 drainage basins. All seven meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 4
Drainage areas: 2, 17-22
Location Kempsville High
Monday, Dec. 11
Drainage areas: 8,29, 30
Location: Cooke Elementary
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Drainage areas: 5,6, 7
Location: Cox High School
Wednesday: January 17
Drainage areas: 12, 13, 14 and 15
Location: Landstown High School
Monday, January 22
Drainage areas: 9, 10, 11, 16, 23-28
Location: Kellam High School
Thursday, January 25
Drainage areas: 3 and 4
Location: Princess Anne High School
Monday, January 29
Drainage areas: 1 and 31
Location Bayside High School