norfolk ohio creek watershed national disaster resilience project

As the first major Resiliency project in the Mid-Atlantic, this Federally funded project will alleviate flooding in one of Norfolk's oldest waterfront communities. Through living shorelines, pump stations, and new utilities, these vulnerable neighborhoods will see the results of efforts to combat climate change in Hampton Roads.

pump stations

2 ea.

storm lines

17,000 LF

berms and coastal protection

10,000 LF


20,000 LF

Project Details

The City of Norfolk was awarded a $112 million federal grant from the National Disaster Resilience Competition for the Ohio Creek Watershed Project. The project includes flood protection via earthen berms, concrete retaining walls, raised roadways, stormwater and utility improvements, and two pump stations for stormwater removal. The project also includes a Resilience Park connecting the Grandy Village and Chesterfield Heights neighborhoods, which includes a multi-use sports field and common areas for community gatherings, sports, and play. Environmental assets such as a living shoreline, wetlands creations, and urban stormwater bioswales are included in the project scope. The project is funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and requires Section 3 participation.  MEB has held regular community workshops, meetings, and hiring events to engage the local community in the project and has hired several local citizens to work as part of the project team.

Key Team Members

David M. Ervin, DBIA


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Tim Griffin, Assoc. DBIA

Vice President, Civil & Environmental

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Brandon Jones, Assoc. DBIA

Project Manager

Laney Ettel, Assoc. DBIA

Project Manager