As a coastal city, Norfolk cannot ignore sea level rise. For our investments in job creation, education, and transportation to be sustainable for future generations, we must tackle the growing regional threat of climate change. I will support and sponsor legislation aimed at addressing the increased threat of rising seas while protecting the integrity and natural beauty of the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay.
The City of Norfolk has been a leader in coastal resiliency and adaptation, but more can be done at the state level. I applaud the work of the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding and the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency at Old Dominion University. I support more coordination at the state level to ensure our coastal communities are taking advantage of any available federal funding for major adaptation projects.