Aug 25, 2020

SWS Webinar Series #3: As the Tide Turns: Flood Mitigation Solutions to Increase Resilience


This webinar will focus on Bow Creek Stormwater Park including site development process, interdepartmental collaboration, preliminary engineering analysis, recommendations, challenges, and anticipated phasing. To register, click here.

The session will offer participants unique insight into the solutions to the multiple challenges the project faced, including:

  • Gaining stormwater credits due to tidal influence (not fitting into
    approved BMP)
  • Balance of achieving storage volume, while accommodating recreational and ecosystem improvement objectives (not creating large lake with perimeter trail)


Like many coastal communities, Virginia Beach, VA, is experiencing more frequent flooding due to sea level rise, increased storm intensity, and aging infrastructure. These challenges, coupled with tidal impacts and low elevations, have resulted in severe flooding in portions of the City. Hurricane Matthew (2016) resulted in the worst structural flooding ever experienced. As a result, the City embarked upon an extensive, multi-year flood mitigation improvement program. The ongoing goal is to increase resilience to future storms and mitigate structural flooding.

In this webinar, viewers will learn about a combination of complementary infrastructure improvements being advanced to achieve the maximum flood mitigation benefit. The speaker will offer an overview of the Improvements, including two large stormwater pump stations, tide gates, additional storage, flood barriers, and storm drains, estimated at $350M over 15 years. This is a not-to-be-missed, detailed case study from which stormwater and erosion control professionals will gain insight, ideas and flood mitigation solutions.

The webinar will take place at 1 p.m. CT/ 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 17. To register, click here.