In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel swept up the Eastern seaboard, causing damage in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Several storm reduction projects implemented by the Corps in recent years helped to substantially reduce the damage in these areas.
For instance, the Virginia Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project, and the Richmond Flood Wall are believed to have prevented more than $113 million in damages in Virginia. The Corps large beach replenishment project at Ocean City, Maryland also effectively absorbed wave energy, protecting coastal properties.
Corps projects have provided similar protection against other recent storms, including Hurricanes Floyd and Fran. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, flood walls are being rebuilt to protect the coastline from future damage.
This workshop was held to revisit, reasses, and revise the Corps' strategies for implementing the Regional Sediment Management approach. To learn more see the RSM Workshop Proceedings.