VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the City of Virginia Beach are holding an in-person public scoping meeting and two virtual office hour sessions for the Virginia Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) feasibility study.
The first of three opportunities for public participation in the National Environmental Policy Act scoping process will be an in-person meeting at Landstown High School on Oct. 13, from 6-8 p.m. The second and third will be virtual on Oct. 18 and 20, 3-4 p.m. available at this link or by calling (844) 800-2712, access code 2760 514 2322.
The study is an investigation into the risk caused by storm surge flooding, waves and erosion, which will help formulate plans to manage coastal storm impacts on the city’s people, development and environmental resources.
“We’re looking for the community to provide feedback on the potential coastal storm risk management measures,” said Justine Woodward, Norfolk District environmental technical lead for the study.
Woodward stated that other issues and considerations the public feels are important in the planning process will be considered by the study team.
Col. Brian Hallberg, Norfolk District commander, and Patrick Duhaney, Virginia Beach City Manager, signed the agreement that kicked off the study in July.
The study will consider sea level change and the past, current and future coastal storm risk management and resilience-planning initiatives and projects implemented by the City of Virginia Beach, USACE and other federal, state and local agencies.
The in-person meeting will be an informal open house. The public can attend any time within the meeting hours, with study team members available to answer questions.
Scoping comments are due by Nov. 3 and may be submitted in writing at the in-person meeting, emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to the following address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
803 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
ATTN: Justine Woodward
More information is available at the study webpage and updates can be found by following the Norfolk District on Facebook and Twitter.
Media requests for this event may be submitted to Andria Allmond, Norfolk District public affairs specialist.
Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a leading provider in solving the nation’s most difficult engineering challenges by processing more than 2,000 regulatory actions yearly, supporting nine military installations, protecting 132 miles of coastline and more than 21,000 miles of civil works projects to include six watersheds. Our innovative, collaborative mission helps make the community, commonwealth and country a better place to work and live through water-resource solutions, military and interagency support, environmental programs and disaster response.