Flood resilience efforts and laws designed to protect water quality may not always be compatible under current Virginia law. This paper will discuss two examples in particular. First, there can be tensions between the water quality goals under the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and efforts to conduct flood resilience projects within 100 feet of the shoreline in Tidewater Virginia. Second, there are significant challenges faced by localities seeking to comply with the Virginia Stormwater Management Program, while also continuing to mitigate the impacts of flooding. These two examples stem from the larger question facing Virginia: as flooding increases, how does the state balance water quality protection with the need for flood resilience?
This abstract has been adapted from the author's introduction.
Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding
Becker, Samatha, "Balancing Act: Water Quality Protection and Flood Resilience" (2019). Virginia Coastal Policy Center. 50.