New Approaches to Reducing Flood Risk in Virginia

New Approaches to Reducing Flood Risk in Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia, restored 24,000 square feet of wetlands in Myrtle Park to help protect nearby homes from recurrent flooding and revitalize this recreational space for residents.
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Virginia has experienced more than 10 major floods in the past decade that have disrupted people’s daily lives, severely damaged homes and businesses, and cost tens of millions of dollars in recovery efforts. To bolster communities’ resilience to floods, Pew is working with state officials and leaders to promote investment in nature-based solutions, such as restoring wetlands and flood plains, and encouraging coordinated flood mitigation planning across agencies and jurisdictions.


Virginia Should Fund Flood Preparedness Program, Voters Say

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Flooding in Virginia is becoming more common and costly, and a new poll has found that 84 percent of registered voters in the state—across party lines—favor a state-run fund to help owners of homes and businesses invest in measures to reduce flood risk in their communities.



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Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.