berms and coastal protection
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.