Virginia Peninsula Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

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Study Purpose & Scope

Study Purpose and Scope:
The Virginia Peninsula Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study is an investigation that will address coastal and riverine flooding in the Peninsula region exacerbated by sea level rise. The study includes low-lying areas that have experienced repetitive losses from coastal storms and flooding. The study will examine the federal interest and the feasibility of implementing measures that may include building elevation or floodproofing, nature-based solutions such as wetland restoration, and structural measures such as tide gates and floodwalls to help reduce the risk of storm damage.

Based on the study findings, USACE, the City of Hampton and surrounding communities will partner to develop a plan to design measures that will lead to construction to tangibly reduce coastal storm risk and improve economic resiliency of the Peninsula region.

Study Authorization: The study is 100% federally funded for an initial $3 million and approved under the Long Term Disaster Recovery Investment Plan component of the Fiscal Year 2019 Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019.

Non-Federal Sponsor: City of Hampton

Study Area: The Peninsula Region study area is comprised of the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and the counties of James City and York in Virginia, and is bounded by the James River to the south, the Cheseapeake Bay to the east and the York River to the north.