Grants will help local groups strengthen shorelines, fight sea level rise

Hampton Roads is getting more than $3.7 million in federal grants for projects to strengthen coastlines against the impacts of storms and sea level rise. The grants to the James River Association, the city of Norfolk and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will go to build living shorelines in Hampton and Norfolk and bolster the resiliency of Virginia’s barrier islands.

Together with local matching funds, the total amount dedicated to regional projects is more than $7.4 million.

The grants, announced Friday, are among 35 totaling $28.9 million awarded in 22 states and Puerto Rico by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA as part of a new National Coastal Resilience Fund.

The Richmond-based James River Association will use its $2.2 million grant, along with matching funds, to build adaptive living shorelines and green infrastructure projects on public land in Hampton. Read full article . . .