Defining Innovative Resiliency and Adaptation

Norfolk, VA - Helping the City of Norfolk reinvent itself as the model coastal city of the future.

$120.5M

in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding

2

residential neighborhoods with a strong community identity connected to the city and continuous recreational activity

If you’re the U.S. city ranked #2 in terms of the number of people threatened by rising sea levels, but you are determined to be #1 in terms of flood protection and sustainability, who are you going to trust to help you reach that goal?

The world’s leading provider of resilience solutions: Arcadis.

Innovative Resiliency and Adaptation

The City of Norfolk, Virginia, is leading the charge to define innovative resiliency and adaptation by reinventing itself as the model coastal city of the future. It recently competed with 40 communities nationwide to win $120.5 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding, and hired Arcadis, in partnership with Waggonner & Ball, to help transform the Ohio Creek Watershed.

A mindset that considers the entire water cycle

Residents of the Ohio Creek area rarely go a week without getting their feet wet. When major storms occur at high tide, the Elizabeth River spills into the outdated stormwater drainage system and prevents rainfall from draining away from neighborhoods. This results in flooded streets and sidewalks and, at times, submerged roadways. And sea levels continue to rise.

A blend of infrastructure and aesthetics

Shoreline defense is an integral component of Arcadis’ strategy — along with capturing rainfall, raising roadways and minimizing erosion — but other considerations make this a unique project. Arcadis’ approach blends stormwater infrastructure into the aesthetics and landscape of the community while increasing resilience to future flooding. Rain barrels and gardens, pervious pavement, and wetland areas that naturally store stormwater, are key solutions for this project — not the pumps, gates and levees that usually come to mind when discussing water management.

“The city selected Arcadis not only because their people understand the unique nature of our flooding challenges and bring innovative and sustainable ideas to the table, but because they believe in what we are trying to accomplish — a resilient coastal community of the future.”

– Scott Smith, Coastal Resiliency Manager, City of Norfolk


Living the vision

It’s all about the social fabric of the Ohio Creek community: developing a thriving waterfront community that doesn’t just adapt to the risk of rising sea levels, but learns to live with water for improved quality of life. By applying our leading-edge techniques for water management, landscape architecture, flood protection and urban design, Arcadis is playing a key role in making this aspiration a reality.

Outcomes

$120.5M

in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding

2

residential neighborhoods with a strong community identity connected to the city and continuous recreational activity
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