Cost Effective solutions can minimize flood damage
According to NOAA, flooding in Virginia Beach has increased 250% since 2000. A 2017 study by the National Institute of Building Sciences found that every dollar spent now on mitigation saves $6 in future disaster costs. 2017 was the costliest U.S. weather year in 123 years of record keeping, costing $ 306.2 billion.
Warmer oceans make Atlantic hurricanes wetter, slower and more intense. A slow moving Category One hurricane could create a devastating storm surge here.
Fortunately there are cost effective solutions already available. These solutions for new construction and landscaping provide an efficient way to reduce runoff from heavy rain into the storm drain system which gets overwhelmed and creates flooding. This will help reduce the city’s storm runoff costs and prevent the need to build other more expensive solutions to mitigate flooding.
Pervious concrete in driveways and parking lots absorb water like a sponge. Let’s provide incentives to builders and homeowners to use this instead of traditional concrete so less water reaches the storm drain system. Watch the video below!
Mature trees absorb rain as it falls, slowing down the amount of water that runs into city drains. They also absorb CO2 emissions and help slow global warming. Let’s offer builders and homeowners incentives to preserve mature trees, just as Green Building systems such as LEED reward a large percentage of shade. This photo from the city’s website shows the increase in impermeable development in Virginia Beach between 1954 and today.
Permeable pavers placed on a foundation of small rocks allow water to percolate through the joints.
Green Building systems such as LEED rewards builders and homeowners for keeping a large percentage of their lot permeable
pervious concrete absorbs hundereds of gallons like a sponge
SEA LEVEL RISE INCREASES FLOOdING
Sea level rise is caused by increased Greenhouse Gas emissions.
VIMS: Sea level has risen 1′ in Hampton Roads since 1960s. Expect and plan for at least a 1.5′ rise in the next 20-50 years, but a 3′ rise is possible if we don’t slow GHG emissions.
The most recent projections show a 6.6′ rise by 2100 if we don’t act soon.
In the 2010 GRAND Strategy the Navy identified sea level rise as the greatest threat to the territorial sovereignty of Hampton Roads. Norfolk Naval Base, Langley and local shipbuilding will be seriously impacted.
SOME SOLUTIONS TO LOWER GHGs
– Tax incentives to implement green building techniques such as LEED. This will also stimulate lots of new green building jobs.
– Tax incentives to make Virginia a hub for the production and distribution of wind turbines and other alternative energy. Offshore wind turbines are projected to create 14,000 new good paying jobs.
– Tax incentives to encourage small scale solar and wind power. Remove punitive charges for large private solar systems.
– Tax credits for the purchase or lease of electric vehicles plus incentives such as HOV Lane access and reduced personal property taxes
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