There’s going to be another sea level rise symposium. On tap: Aquatic and terrestrial vegetation

VIRGINIA BEACH — The next installment of the Sea Level Rise Summer Symposium series will focus on Aquatic and Terrestrial Vegetation.

Brian van Eerden, Virginia pinelands program director at The Nature Conservancy, will provide information on the state of the forest, and Chad Boyce, a biologist with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, will also be on hand to discuss submerged aquatic vegetation in Back Bay and its impact on the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary system.

This is the second in the Sea Level Rise Summer Symposium series designed to educate residents about sea level rise and other environmental impacts the city is facing.

The event will be on Aug. 22 from 6-8 p.m. in the 2nd floor theater of the Advanced Technology Center at the Tidewater Community College Virginia Beach Campus (1800 College Crescent).

It is free to attend and open to the public. Two more events are planned for the series.

Environmentally Conscious Flood Protection will be discussed on Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Resource Center, 912 Princess Anne Road.

Karen Forget, executive director of Lynnhaven River Now, will share ideas about how to protect property from the impacts of flooding.

Louis Cullipher of Cullipher Produce will discuss soils in the Southern Rivers Watershed.

Stewards of the Southern Rivers Watershed is the subject for Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center.

Stacey Feken, policy and engagement manager of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, will provide an overview of the organization and discuss their conservation efforts in the Southern Rivers Watershed.

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Two Old Dominion University educators – Tom Allen, professor of geography, and Tal Ezer, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences – will also explain the climate and oceanic processes facing communities in the Southern Rivers Watershed.

The focus of the first symposium (July 25) was High Winds and Rising Water.

A video of that event can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel here.

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