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City of Virginia Beach Stormwater Management Project Wins National Award

June 16, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC—The City of Virginia Beach Stormwater Management and Flood Mitigation Planning Project has been recognized with an Honor Award in the Envi­ron­men­tal Sustain­abil­ity category from the American Academy of Envi­ron­men­tal Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). 

Since 1989, the Excellence in Envi­ron­men­tal Engineering and Science™ Awards, or E3S Awards Competition, has recognized projects that represent the best in envi­ron­men­tal engineering and science practices. Entrants are judged on several criteria: a holistic envi­ron­men­tal perspective, innovation, proven performance and customer satis­fac­tion, and contri­bu­tion to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency. 

Partnering with engineering firm CDM Smith, the City of Virginia Beach initiated the project to address limited stormwater management system (SMS) capacity and impacts from downstream tidal conditions in several Virginia Beach neigh­bor­hoods—the Lakes, Princess Anne Plaza and Windsor Woods. Using detailed stormwater modeling, CDM Smith developed compre­hen­sive flood mitigation plans and designed alternative solutions to address the issues. 

CDM Smith and the City collected data, including input from residents in the City’s storm complaints database and photographs of flooding, and researched the historic rain events and problem areas. Sufficient data allowed precise calibration of hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) models created for each neigh­bor­hood. The H&H models were used to predict where flooding problems may persist and arise with simulated 5-, 10-, 25-, 50- and 100-year design storms in various sea level rise and downstream tidal boundary conditions. 

This project is a key component of the City’s overall plan to address sea level rise and to protect the environment, quality of life, overall safety in the area, as well as the City’s economy. With this information, the City can confidently make decisions for investing in infra­struc­ture improvement projects. CDM Smith’s neigh­bor­hood-specific mitigation plans, which outline several alternative actions to reduce flooding, are available on the City’s website

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