Next Sea Level Rise Symposium Set for Sept. 5

Topic: Environmentally Conscious Flood Protection

Thursday, August 30, 2018

​Protecting your home and property from the impacts of flooding doesn't begin and end with purchasing flood insurance. Elevating HVAC units, installing flood vents and using flood-resistant materials in areas of your home below the base flood elevation are just some of the steps that can be taken to mitigate flooding. At the next Sea Level Rise Symposium, Karen Forget, executive director of Lynnhaven River NOW, will share ideas about how to protect property from the impacts of flooding.

Louis Cullipher, former director of Agriculture for the City of Virginia Beach, will lead a discussion about soil conditions in the Southern Rivers Watershed. The ability of soil types to absorb stormwater runoff has remained constant over time, based on characteristics such as including permeability. The interaction between plants, soils and sea level rise will be examined.

This event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Resource Center, 912 Princess Anne Road. It is free to attend and open to the public.

The final installment of the symposium series will be a discussion of Stewards of the Southern Rivers Watershed on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center, 1800 College Crescent. Stacey Feken, policy and engagement manager of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, will provide an overview of the organization and discuss its 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 explain the climate and oceanic processes facing communities in the Southern Rivers Watershed.

For more information and to view videos of the first two symposium events, visit

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