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Climate Adaptation Working Group

In 2012, the A-NPDC assumed the role of lead agency for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Climate Adaptation Working Group (CAWG) to coordinate efforts among local, state, and federal representatives of government, aquaculture, agriculture, and community organizations to better plan and mitigate risks associated with climate change and sea level rise. CAWG’s mission is to provide educational outreach and develop planning tools to assist local governments and residents. To date, CAWG has hosted multiple public workshops addressing sea level rise and developed flood vulnerability models utilizing high-resolution LiDAR elevation data for the region. The group is also working to gauge public sentiment and solicit knowledge and personal anecdotal accounts of what local residents have experienced in terms of changes related to sea level rise and climate change.

The CAWG began developing an Eastern Shore Resilience Project Database (ESRPD) in 2021 aligning with efforts made by Wetlands Watch/Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program to develop a coastal resilience database and with the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan Phase 1 publication. The ESRPD is reviewed during the annual CAWG Summer Workshop with core members, partners, and region-wide stakeholders.

CAWG Meeting Agendas

  • July 27, 2021 Agenda
  • January 12th, 2021 Virtual Meeting here.
  • June 25, 2020 Virtual Meeting Agenda
  • January 22, 2020 CAWG Meeting Agenda and Financing Resiliency speaker bios and all presentations available here.
  • July 30, 2019 Agenda & Notes held at TNC Brownsville House
  • June 27, 2018 Agenda
  • February 7, 2018 Agenda
  • November 2nd, 2017 Agenda
  • May 9th, 2017 Full Agenda Here
  • August 29th, 2017 – CANCELLED due to inclement weather.
  • November 2nd, 2016 10:00am – Noon. Draft Agenda Here
  • February 7th, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
CAWG Meeting Notes

July 27, 2021 Meeting Notes

Online Resources/Tools

Plans and Publications


Accelerating the Scale and the Rate of Living Shoreline Implementation in Rural Coastal Virginia – Aaron Wendt, DCR – a brief presentation on living shorelines and the NFWF 2021 Innovative Nutrient & Sediment Reduction Grant awarded to DCR

Basic Understanding & Teaching Resources

CAWG Annual Report

These reports summarize the accomplishments of many of the CAWG partners

CAWG 2018 Annual Report


Notice: The biweekly newsletter has been discontinued. In its stead, we will be producing and distributing an Annual CAWG Report. This Report will provide a synopsis of all relevant projects and programs in place on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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