NORFOLK, Va. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, and the City of Virginia Beach signed a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement during an event July 21 to launch the Virginia Beach and Vicinity Coastal Storm Risk Management Study.
Col. Brian Hallberg, Norfolk District commander, and Patrick Duhaney, Virginia Beach City Manager, signed the agreement which outlines the cost-sharing structure of the three-year, $3 million study authorized by America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.
"Ultimately, the study data will help determine additional steps we can take to mitigate the impact of storm-related coastal flooding,” said Virginia Beach City Manager Patrick Duhaney. “Understanding where to best utilize limited resources is the first step in working with the Army Corps of Engineers to safeguard our homes, businesses and public infrastructure.”
USACE received $1.5 million federal funding for the study through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The Virginia Beach and Vicinity Coastal Storm Risk Management Study is a comprehensive investigation of flood-risk management problems and solutions in the city. The study will consider past, current, and future flood-risk management and resilience-planning initiatives and projects underway at USACE and other federal, state and local agencies.
“I’m very excited that we’ve completed this important first step,” said Hallberg. “We have a tremendous working relationship with the city, and I know the District team is eager to get this study moving forward.”