Phase II and Pilot Area
At the meeting where the Phase I report was endorsed, City Council selected the Newmarket Creek as the first pilot project area. Building upon Phase I, this next phase will result in a strategic plan for Newmarket Creek that prioritizes and recommends specific projects designed to a conceptual level to establish scope, benefits and cost, and to identify and develop partnerships and opportunities to leverage funding. Phase II outcomes will be aligned with Resilient Hampton’s identified values, goals, and guiding principles.
Phase II includes:
- An overall Newmarket Creek Water Plan,
- Conceptual project designs for the pilot area that will reduce flooding, improve environmental health, and support our neighborhoods,
- An implementation plan to prioritize conceptual designs, as well as identify funding and partnership opportunities,
- A community outreach and engagement plan to provide education and interest around resilience, and
- Begin to test an evaluation tool that the city can use to determine how resilient a project is.
In the last week of January 2019, Waggonner & Ball and their Dutch colleagues from BoschSlabbers convened in Hampton for a week-long design workshop. Stakeholders from a range of organizations including ODU, Hampton University, Army Corps of Engineers, Newport News and Poquoson officials, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Joint Base Langley–Eustis Langley Air Force Base, NASA, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and more, The purpose of this workshop was to develop project proposals and areas of the City where water can be managed before it reaches Newmarket Creek. One of the key principles was to find ways to slow, store, and redirect water:
- Slow water, so the Creek is not overwhelmed and there is more time for the water to absorb and drain naturally
- Store water, to temporarily hold it in appropriate locations to reduce the volume of water and pollutants that ultimately enters the Creek and creates flooding
- Redirect water so it has less flooding impact on Newmarket Creek.
Projects were envisioned all along the creek and throughout the watershed. The design workshop culminated with a community meeting where our Dutch colleagues discussed the history of water management in the Netherlands, and lessons we can learn from them here in Hampton. Attendees rotated through stations to see and provide feedback on the various project concepts. These conceptual designs are currently advancing through additional analysis, project prioritization, and identification of key partners and funding resources.
- Missed the community meeting? View the presentation here.
Beyond the items listed above, the Resilient Hampton Team is attending workshops and seminars, making connections, and finding partnerships to support our coastal community. The team has had the opportunity to work with multiple partners in higher education, non-profits, federal facilities (see our Joint Base Langley-Eustis Joint Land Use Study), and other local agencies to collect data, spread awareness and find funds to promote our effort.