As the Tide Turns: Flood Mitigation Solutions to Increase Resilience

Overview of Infrastructure Improvements at Bow Creek Stormwater Park (Virginia Beach, VA)

Originally Aired: September 17, 2020

Like many coastal communities, Virginia Beach, VA, is experiencing more frequent flooding due to sea level rise, increased storm intensity, and aging infrastructure. These challenges, coupled with tidal impacts and low elevations, have resulted in severe flooding in portions of the City. Hurricane Matthew (2016) resulted in the worst structural flooding ever experienced. As a result, the City embarked upon an extensive, multi-year flood mitigation improvement program. The ongoing goal is to increase resilience to future storms and mitigate structural flooding.

In this webinar, viewers will learn about a combination of complementary infrastructure improvements being advanced to achieve the maximum flood mitigation benefit. 

This webinar will focus on Bow Creek Stormwater Park including site development process, interdepartmental collaboration, preliminary engineering analysis, recommendations, challenges, and anticipated phasing.

The session will offer participants unique insight into the solutions to challenges the project faced, including the balance of achieving storage volume while accommodating recreational and ecosystem improvement objectives.

About Michael Baker International:

Michael Baker International offers full-service stormwater engineering and design services utilizing experts in watershed management, resiliency, and flood control engineering to accomplish integrated effective solutions.

Michael Baker was founded in 1940 by Michael Baker, Jr. and quickly attained recognition as a premier engineering design and surveying firm through superior project performance. Over the past 80 years, we have grown from a small survey and road design firm to an international organization with over 3,000 employees in 100 offices worldwide. Specializing in engineering design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental restoration, geospatial information technology, construction, program management, full life cycle support services, information technology, and communications solutions, the firm provides a host of differentiated and innovative services that enhance client projects worldwide. Michael Baker is one of the top design firms in the nation, currently ranked #10 in Water Supply and #29 overall by Engineering News-Record (ENR).


Fred N. Grogan Jr., PLA/ASLA
Senior Associate and Project Manager
Michael Baker International
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