Virginia HJ 50: Flooding; Virginia Institute of Marine Science to study strategies to prevent in Tidewater localities

In March 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed House Joint Resolution No. 50, which directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impacts of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and Eastern Shore localities, and to identify adaptation strategies for recurrent flooding.

In the Joint Resolution, the Commonwealth of Virginia acknowledged that relative sea level rise is a threat to coastal Virginia, and that relative sea level measured at Sewells Point, Norfolk has risen 14.5 inches since 1930. The Commonwealth further acknowledged that there will be an additional 2.3 to 5.2 feet of relative sea level rise in the Chesapeake Bay region by 2100.

The VIMS study mandated by HJR 50 (and SJR 76) recommended that Virginia develop a comprehensive and coordinated action plan to manage and mitigate the impacts of recurrent coastal flooding - both current and future events.

See the ‘VIMS Recurrent Flooding Study’ for more information. 

Publication Date: March 9, 2012

Related Organizations:

  • State of Virginia
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)


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