Commitment to Collaborative Approach to Addressing Adaptation
Virginia Beach, VA, August 17, 2017 – Delegate Chris Stolle, Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Coastal Flooding released an ad today to raise awareness of an increasing threat to our community. Stolle said “We as a community and a state must work together to address an aging infrastructure, land subsidence and sea level rise. I believe our citizens have had their fill of political rhetoric. While debating the cause of coastal flooding makes great political fodder, I believe our citizens, the military, and business owners don’t want debate – that want action.”
Under Chairman Stolle’s leadership, the subcommittee has played a key role in advancing legislation aimed at adaptation, awareness, and innovation. The Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding, made up of citizens members and members of the House and Senate from both sides of the political aisle, have successfully advanced legislative initiatives including the creation of the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency – a collaboration of resources at ODU, William and Mary, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and others.
Delegate Stolle applauded Ed Gillespie for being the first Virginia gubernatorial candidate to develop a plan to focus on such a key issue and looks forward to the dialogue and community engagement continuing throughout the fall gubernatorial campaign.
Delegate Chris Stolle has been quoted many times as saying, “Water doesn’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat.” “Our future depends on us learning to live with water, here in Hampton Roads and throughout the Commonwealth. The economic impact of recurrent flooding is felt throughout the state so we must have a statewide leader committed to finding solutions and working with our partners in local government, academia, business, and the military.”
Delegate Chris Stolle will be speaking at the inaugural Hampton Roads Resilience Forum produced by the Hampton Roads Chamber, InsideBiz and RISE Resilience Innovations and sponsored by Old Dominion University on August 22nd.