Resilient stormwater infrastructure in Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) partnered with Mason scientists to better understand regional vulnerability scenarios to flooding and runoff based on a comprehensive look at precipitation, population and land use/land change projections for the region. Data for past, current, and future projected rainfall patterns in the northern Virginia region will be integrated with population projections (and development plans, where available) to help inform future needs for and demands on stormwater infrastructure while considering climate change and regional growth. The goal is to create climate data for future conditions so that there can be an analysis of potential impact and risk to infrastructure and the need to invest in flood resilient landscapes.

Success of this project will be determined by the:

  1. Development of a hydrologic model that assesses effects on stormwater runoff from projected land-use changes and precipitation patterns, intensity and extremes for three watersheds in Northern Virginia;
  2. Development an adaptive framework/strategy for the application/replication of this model by local watershed planners and engineers (across Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia).
  3. Recommendations for how the information can be used to create flood resilient landscapes and infrastructure

This project is part of the AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange program: https://thrivingearthexchange.org/project/northern-virginia-va/

Team: Corey Miles and Dale Medearis (Community Leaders), Celso Ferreira (CEIE), Paul Houser (GGS), Jim Kinter (AOES/COLA), Viviana Maggioni, Gustavo Coelho (Graduate Assistant), Ishrat Dollan (Graduate Assistant).