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.
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.