Coastal Virginia Projects and Initiatives
Throughout Hampton Roads, the Middle Peninsula, Northen Neck, Fredericksburg area and Eastern Shore, businesses, individuals, and organizations are coming together to fight the effects of sea level rise and flooding.
These projects are occurring at the governmental, individual, and community levels. See what coastal resilience projects are happening near you and discover ways to participate.
The city is spending $567.5 million to implement its multi-phased flood protection program. This program includes design and construction of mitigation projects that will protect city homes and businesses, address storm water issues and recurrent flooding. The project includes development of drainage basins, marsh restoration, pump stations and barriers, and dredging.
This is a strategy – a road map – that the City of Virginia Beach has undertaken to develop strategies to respond to sea level rise and related increases in flooding.
The city of Hampton, rather than “fighting with water,” is transforming water from a threat to an asset. The city’s adaptation and resilience efforts are in an early, discovery phase. Potential projects include dune replenishment/ shoreline restoration at Buck roe Beach, raising roads near Long Creek and wetland restoration at Mill Creek.
The City of Hampton is elevating a half mile stretch of North Armistead Avenue between Findley Street and the bridge over New market Creek. It will be elevated 5.25 feet, making it a minimum of 7.5 feet above sea level. The project also includes retrofit water management infrastructure at Lake Hampton, which will increase its water storage capacity.
The city of Norfolk is using a $112M federal grant from the National Disaster Resilience Competition to improve flooding and public access to Ohio Creek. This work includes the Resilience Park, which connects the Grandy Village and Chesterfield Heights neighborhoods and has a flood berm, a restored tidal creek and wetland, and recreation spaces for Norfolk residents.
This department defines and communicates what a resilient Norfolk looks like, coordinates the work of the city and partners to build a vision of resilience, and builds a practice of experimentation where businesses can innovate and build the city’s economy.
In Norfolk, the USACE is investing nearly $400 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to increase community resilience to flooding. Funds will be used for the design and construction of storm surge barriers, levees and pump stations as part of a large-scale extension of the Downtown Norfolk Floodwall.
Other Regional and Local Government Projects
Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS) are developed by the community, the government, and the military to perform planning processes strategically. The goal is to ensure that all entities work together to create an environment where citizens, governments, and the military can preserve and protect public health, safety, and welfare.
The City of Portsmouth was awarded a $19.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) to revitalize the High Street Corridor. The project will convert a four-lane undivided road to a two-lane divided road section with a median to allow for road integration of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users and will be a redevelopment catalyst for the Innovation Overlay District.
Newport News Master Plan for Stormwater, Floodplain and Resilience & Climate Change Management. Newport News is developing three separate but interrelated master plans for stormwater, floodplain and climate change & resilience management.
The City of Chesapeake includes the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River which provides access to the Chesapeake Bay and the Port of Virginia. The Industrial Waterfront Study will enable the city to understand current conditions, land use influences, preferred land uses and the range of adaptation strategies that can increase resilience of coastal and riverine areas and increase opportunities for economic development. The study will establish a framework to evaluate effectiveness and appropriateness of different adaptation and resilience approaches.
Funded by the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, Fight the Flood connects property owners in the Middle Peninsula (Gloucester and Mathews Counties) with businesses that can help evaluate, design and build solutions to adapt and thrive with coastal flooding. Currently, funding is being used for dredging work and beach restoration, and design of multi-modal working waterfronts to combat flooding and other stressors on waterfront infrastructure.
The MPPDC provides various services to local governments and individuals. Their flood mitigation strategies help these groups with grant application assistance, management services for program implementation, land use planning services, and mapping.
Funding and Incentives
The adaptation and resiliency sector is growing due to the increasing urgency for services that protect homes, businesses, and communities from flooding. This growth has increased the number of grants and incentives provided to businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs interested in participating the industry.
If you are interested in doing business in the region, you may qualify for economic incentives and grants to help you establish your business.
In addition, more than $50 billion in federal funding for adaptation and resilience is included in the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act.
2022 Inflation Reduction Act
The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act provides a $369 billion investment to fight climate change and modernize our energy system. This includes $2.6 billion in coastal resilience grants to fund projects, including by state and tribal governments, to protect and restore coastal communities and ecosystems.More Information
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $110 billion in funding to repair and rebuild roads and bridges with a focus on climate change, resilience, equity and safety. It also allocates $50 billion to protect against floods, droughts, heat, and wildfires.More Information
Federal Funding Opportunities
Engineering For Civil Infrastructure, for fundamental research in geotechnical, structural, materials, architectural and coastal engineering.
Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
State Funding Opportunities
Resilient Virginia Revolving Fund The Resilient Virginia Revolving Fund provides loans or grants to local governments to finance or refinance the cost of any resilience project. The Commonwealth’s biennial budget capitalized the fund with $25 million.
Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund The Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund was established to reduce the impacts of flooding. It prioritizes projects that are aligned with local, state and federal floodplain management standards, local resilience plans and the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan.
View the applications and list of awards for Rounds 1 through 3 of funding, including projects in the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Mathews and Gloucester Counties.
Local Funding Opportunities
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission Revolving Loan Program. Include loans for septic repair, living shorelines development and small business training for coastal businesses.
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission Grants. Grants to provide protection for hazard and flood-prone areas with an enhanced focus on socioeconomically vulnerable property owners in the region. Grants will be awarded for best management practice (BMP) construction of nature-based shoreline, coastal storm water construction and residential infrastructure resiliency improvements.(NFIP).
Visit theVirginia Coastal Resilience Web Explorer
to search for more funding opportunities.