High Water: The Reality of Planning in the Face of Climate Challenges
October 30, 2018
APA, the Northern Virginia section of APA Virginia, and Rhodeside and Harwell presented a special Tuesdays at APA event featuring Tidewater, a documentary by the American Resilience Project, that tells the story of the resiliency battle in the Hampton Roads region. The winner of multiple awards, the film portrays the planning process that has been developed to date and continuing challenges for the future. It presents a critical planning lesson and serves as an inspiration for other communities.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion with planners from Alexandria and the Hampton Roads area for a conversation about what more can be done to address climate challenges.
Many Virginia communities have been facing increasing flood events over the past decade, impacting quality of life, economic vitality, health, and safety. Flooding within the Tidewater region in southeast Virginia, however, has critical implications for our nation’s security. As an area comprising 14 military installations within 17 jurisdictions, Tidewater has the highest concentration of military assets in the United States — with 1 in 6 residents associated with this military-industrial complex. As sea level rise increases flood events throughout this critical region, the military and the area’s jurisdictions are collaborating on solutions that will strengthen both the security of the nation and the economic vitality of the region.
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