Sea Level Rise Summer Symposium Series Continues Aug. 22

Topic: Aquatic and Terrestrial Vegetation

Monday, August 20, 2018

​Research shows that sea level rise can have a significant impact on forests and vegetation. As sea levels rise, salt water creeps inland, killing trees and converting forest to marsh. Brian van Eerden, Virginia pinelands program director at The Nature Conservancy, and Chad Boyce, a biologist with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, will provide information about the local impacts during the second installment of the Sea Level Rise symposium series.

Submerged aquatic vegetation refers to grasses that grow to the surface of – but do not emerge from – shallow water. These grasses provide several important ecological services to the waters in which they live. They protect shorelines from erosion, produce oxygen, and provide habitat and food for fish, waterfowl and mammals.

This event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 6-8 p.m. in the 2nd floor theater of the Advanced Technology Center at the Tidewater Community College Virginia Beach Campus (1800 College Crescent). It is free to attend and open to the public. Two more events are planned for the series.

Environmentally Conscious Flood Protection will be discussed on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Resource Center, 912 Princess Anne Road. Karen Forget, executive director of Lynnhaven River Now, will share ideas about how to protect property from the impacts of flooding. Louis Cullipher of Cullipher Produce will discuss soils in the Southern Rivers Watershed.

The series wraps up with a discussion of Stewards of the Southern Rivers Watershed on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center. Stacey Feken, policy and engagement manager of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, will provide an overview of the organization and discuss their conservation efforts in the Southern Rivers Watershed. Two Old Dominion University educators – Tom Allen, professor of geography, and Tal Ezer, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences – will also explain the climate and oceanic processes facing communities in the Southern Rivers Watershed.

The focus of the first symposium, held on July 25, was High Winds and Rising Water. A video of that event can be viewed on the City's YouTube channel at Videos of each event will be added to the channel as they take place.

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