The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently released a draft feasibility report for addressing coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable property, populations, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the City of Norfolk Virginia.
The Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement, proposes $1.8 billion in improvements that include a combination of structural, nonstructural, and Natural and Nature-based features (NNBFs) to reduce flood risk across large segments of the city.
The draft Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, portion of the report addresses both temporary and permanent adverse impacts on essential fish habitat, federally listed threatened and endangered species, marine mammals, navigation, recreation, wetlands, cultural resources, and visual resources.
The Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Study, conducted in partnership with the City of Norfolk, is a comprehensive 3-year, $3 million investigation of coastal storm risk management problems and solutions in Norfolk.
The report is available here http://www.nao.usace.army.mil/NCSRM/for public review and people are encouraged to send comments to NorfolkCSRM@usace.army.mil.
The public is invited to review, provide comments, and attend an open-house style meeting to learn more about the study and the document on 5:30 to 8 p.m., Nov.16, 2017 at the Attucks Theater, 1010 Church Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.
Copies are also available for review at each of the Norfolk Public Libraries.
source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers