RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- The Commonwealth of Virginia will receive over $800,000 in federal funds to help reduce the impact of storm flooding.
The announcement came from Governor Terry McAuliffe Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide $834,991 to help reduce the effect of storm flooding through natural infrastructure.
NOAA received over 160 proposals. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) proposal was one of 19 that was selected to be funded.
"The coastal regions of the Commonwealth continually face threats of flooding and are especially at-risk during disasters," said Governor McAullife. "This critical funding will allow VIMS to target our most at-risk communities and implement natural infrastructure solutions to our flooding problems."
The funds will help support a project that hopes to improve flooding conditions. The project will cost $1.2 million in total.
"The safety and protection of our citizens and infrastructure in the coast regions is a major concern," said Brian Moran, Virginia's Chief Resilience Officer and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. "These funds will assist localities in implementing successful natural infrastructure plans, including water quality improvements and flood risk reduction."
VIMS will work closely with the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, The Wetlands Watch, Albermarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership and various state agencies.
“We are very excited to receive this grant,” stated Mark Luckenbach, Associate Dean of Research and Advisory Services at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. “It will provide us with the resources to expand and integrate the work we are doing at VIMS through our Center for Coastal Resource Management on inventorying resources and coastal flood risks in the Virginia coastal zone, developing designs and identifying co-benefits of using natural and nature-based features to build resilience to flooding, and building capacity to work directly with local governments and other stakeholders to implement flooding resiliency strategies.”