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Norfolk District Civil Works Mission

Map of VirginiaOur civil works mission provides water resources support to the Commonwealth of Virginia, its towns, counties, and cities, as well as non-governmental organizations with environmental restoration, flood risk management, and navigation products and services. The Norfolk District’s civil works boundaries cover over 21,000 square miles and include the Rappahannock, York, James and Chowan river basins, as well as the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay coastal basin.



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Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Maintained by the Norfolk District, the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal form alternative routes along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between the Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle Sound. These two canals are part of the greater Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway which stretches from Norfolk, Va. and Miami, Fla., and offers pleasure boaters and commercial shippers with a protected inland channel.

Chesapeake Bay Coastal Basin

The Chesapeake Bay Coastal basin includes 112 miles of coastline along Virginia's Eastern Shore and southeastern Virginia, as well as the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay.

Chowan River Basin

Formed from the confluence of the Nottoway and Blackwater rivers, the Chowan River begins in Virginia and ends in the Albermarle Sound in North Carolina. The watershed drains approximately 4,800 square miles in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

James River

The James River is 348 miles long and stretches across Virginia. It is formed by the confluence of the Jackson and Cowpasture rivers near Covington, Va. The watershed drains approximately 10,432 square miles starting in the Appalachian Mountains and ending at the Chesapeake Bay.  Nearly 1/3 of all Virginia residents live within the James River watershed.

York River

The York River basin drains nearly 2661 sq. miles; and includes the Mattaponi and Pamunkey rivers, which merge to create the York.