Virginia Coastal Policy Center

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) at the College of William & Mary Law School, in conjunction with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, provides science-based legal and policy analysis of environmental and land use issues affecting the state's coastal resources and educates the Virginia policymaking, non-profit, legal and business communities about these subjects. More information about VCPC is available here.

Access to materials and videos from conferences and events hosted by the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic are available here.

2018

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Waterfront Property Rights: The Potential Impact of Government Projects, Emily Messer

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Recurrent Flooding, Sea Level Rise, and the Relocation of At-Risk Communities: Case Studies from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Jeffrey Moore and Lauren Acker

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Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding: A Toolbox for Local Governments in Virginia, Victor Unnone and Jonathan Lubrano

2017

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Tourism Business Resilience for Coastal Virginia Assessment Report, Lindsay Usher, Michaelle Covi, Juita-Elena Yusuf, Kaitlin Giles, Elizabeth Andrews, Angela King, Sashenka Brauer, and Rebecca Ribley

2016

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The 2016 Stormwater Bill: An Analysis of Perceived and Real Problems with Proposed Solutions, Elizabeth Armistead Andrews and Roy A. Hoagland

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Money for Nothing: A Case Study on Leveraging Donated Property to Satisfy Federal Grant Match Requirements, Garrett Gee

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Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow Proposal, Patrick Harner, Alexa Pecht, and Emily Tucker

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Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load: Policy Priorities and Options, Joseph Kurt and Victor Unnone

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Tools for a Resilient Virginia Coast: Designing a Successful TDR Program for Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, Jessica Lung and Michael Killius

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Green Infrastructure in the Community Ratings System: A Proposed Path to National Flood Insurance Program Recognition, Kevin MacWhorter and Kathleen Zaratzian

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Working Waterfronts: On History, Conflicts, and Finding a Balance Case Studies of the Lynnhaven River, the Ware River, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Noah Trombly, Derek Van De Walle, and Chelsea Wilkins

2015

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State and Local Liability for Failure to Adapt to and Protect Against Recurrent Flooding: Applying Farmers Insurance's Legal Framework to Virginia Circumstances, James Andris

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Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Principles and Considerations, Shana Jones

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The Use, Impact, and Ban of Coal Tar- Based Sealants, Hannah Needleman

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Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Current Tools and Legal Risks, Lisa Schiavinato and Heather Payne

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VA Coastlines (End of 2014-2015 Term), Virginia Coastal Policy Center

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Go Green, Save Money: Lowering Flood Insurance Rates in Virginia with Stormwater Management and Open Space, Adele Young and Kristen Clark

2014

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Strengthening the VPA General Permit: Managing Animal Feeding Operations in Virginia to Meet State Law and the Bay TMDL, Rachel Cannon and Jason Kane
VCPC White Paper Number 11

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Tidal Wetlands Protection in Virginia: Time for an Update, Pamela Kalinowski and Yvonne Baker
VCPC White Paper Number 13

2013

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“Takings” Liability for Vacating Roads in Flood-Prone Areas: Poquoson Case Study, Kelci Block
VCPC White Paper Number 8

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Tidal Turmoil: Environmental Justice and Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads: Norfolk Case Study, Michael Boyer and Erica Penn
VCPC White Paper Number 6

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The Virginia Supreme Court’s 2012 Livingston Case: Localities and the Risk of “Takings” Claims for Failure to Properly Maintain Flood Control Structures, Daniel Doty and Chris Olcott
VCPC White Paper Number 2

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The Dillon Rule and Sea Level Rise: An Analysis of the Impact of the Dillon Rule on Potential Adaptation Measures the City of Poquoson May Implement, Lauren Gill
VCPC White Paper Number 9

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Overview of a City’s Tort Liability Duties to Maintain and Protect Local Government Services from Sea Level Rise: Poquoson Case Study, Alex Horning
VCPC White Paper Number 3

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Sea Level Rise, Stormwater Management, and the National Flood Insurance Program: How Norfolk’s Best Management Practices Can Lower Local Flood Insurance Rates, Anna Killius
VCPC White Paper Number 1

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Using Zoning Tools to Adapt to Sea Level Rise, Barb Marmet
VCPC White Paper Number 4

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Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Legal and Policy Issues for Local Government, Chris Olcott and Erica Penn
Post-Conference Report (October 2, 2013)

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Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: State and Local Areas of Action, Chris Olcott and Erica Penn
VCPC White Paper Number 10

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The Dillon Rule & Norfolk Sea Level Rise: An Analysis of the Limited Impact of the Dillon Rule on Planning for Sea Level Rise in Norfolk, Mary-Carson B. Saunders
VCPC White Paper Number 5

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When the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Fails: A Suffolk Case Study, Scott Van Der Hyde and Mark Badanowski
VCPC White Paper Number 12

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Norfolk’s Flooding Adaptation Measures: Taking Lawful Precautions or ‘Takings’ Lawsuits?, Emilie A. Whitehurst
VCPC White Paper Number 7