Water knows no political or municipal boundaries.
Following years of leadership, collaboration, and demonstrated expertise in a wide array of resilience and water-related disciplines, and recognizing that flooding effects the entire Commonwealth, Old Dominion University, the College of William & Mary, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have established the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency.
- The center will provide a one-stop shop for supporting the Commonwealth, state agencies, localities, and other entities with scientific and technical support in furtherance of recurrent flooding resiliency, a challenge that affects all of Virginia.
- The center enables short- and long-term decision making by assisting with the integration and coordination of federal, state, local, and nongovernmental data, evaluating best practices, developing and testing innovative interventions, engaging stakeholders throughout Virginia, and providing outreach, training, technical and non-technical services as requested.
- The virtual center also will be well positioned to maintain liaisons with appropriate agencies of the federal government for purposes of leveraging data and funding opportunities, and will have the capacity to lead specific federal funding applications on behalf of the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency engages the expertise, resources and intellectual vibrancy of William & Mary and Old Dominion University in support of building resilience to rising waters. The Center serves, advises, and supports Virginia by conducting interdisciplinary studies and providing training, technical and non-technical services, and policy guidance in the area of recurrent flooding resilience to the Commonwealth and its local governments, state agencies, industries and citizens.
The center was supported by Governor McAuliffe, and legislation was proposed by Delegate Stolle. The General Assembly passed legislation establishing the center, which was signed by the Governor; the enabling legislation is available here and here.