Sea Level Rise Adaptation
Our work in sea level rise adaptation includes producing a statewide adaptation guide for local government staff, a phone app that crowdsources flooding data, and establishing an adaptation research collaborative in Virginia.
We help localities' floodplain management efforts through our work with the Community Rating System. We have produced a guide to assist local governments enrolled in the CRS program, which benefits homeowners through a reduction in flood insurance premiums. Our Policy Director, Mary-Carson Stiff, chairs the regional CRS workgroup.
Wetlands Watch encourages the use of green infrastructure, low impact development, and conservation landscaping with native plants. We help to coordinate the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification program, an advanced credential system that has been developed to create a network of sustainable landscaping professionals within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
We encourage all concerned citizens to take action to protect our wetlands. We have developed a homeowner's guide to preserving wetlands, compiled information about local Bay boards and wetlands permitting, and hold social gatherings to bring together environmental professionals and community members.