New Approaches to Reducing Flood Risk in Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia, restored 24,000 square feet of wetlands in Myrtle Park to help protect nearby homes from recurrent flooding and revitalize this recreational space for residents.
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Virginia has experienced more than 10 major floods in the past decade that have disrupted people’s daily lives, severely damaged homes and businesses, and cost tens of millions of dollars in recovery efforts. To bolster communities’ resilience to floods, Pew is working with state officials and leaders to promote investment in nature-based solutions, such as restoring wetlands and flood plains, and encouraging coordinated flood mitigation planning across agencies and jurisdictions.


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