Wetlands Watch is working to establish an adaptation research collaborative in Virginia. This collaborative will link researchers at Virginia universities with local governments needing help solving adaptation problems. Click on the links below to view our previous collaborative design efforts.

Chesterfield Heights Design Challenge

Wetlands Watch collaborated with students from Hampton University and Old Dominion to develop resiliency designs for the historic shoreline neighborhood of Chesterfield Heights in Norfolk, VA. Student designs were made part of the region's proposal for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Disaster Resilience Competition, and at the beginning of 2016, designs based on the students' work won a $120 million grant for the state of Viriginia. Most of the HUD funding- $115 million will be put on the ground in Chesterfield Heights to implement those ideas.

View the blog post here

Dutch Dialogues

A delegation of planners, engineers, architects, and planners from the Netherlands came to Hampton Roads to study flooding in three cities: Hampton, Newport News, and Norfolk. After they completed their study of the region, the Dutch team presented their ideas for long-term solutions. Check out pictures from the Dialogues below, and find more information at