In the wake of the 2018 hurricane season, where the Middle Peninsula was spared what could have been a devastating blow from Hurricane Florence, the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) announced today funds remain in its Living Shoreline Incentive Program and are available to waterfront property owners looking to stabilize their properties and mitigate future flooding issues.
The MPPDC Living Shoreline Incentive Program provides funding to install nature-based solutions such as plants, sand or rock - proven to mitigate risks from powerful storms, accelerated sea-level rise and changing precipitation patterns - along the waterfront. In addition to providing shoreline stabilization and mitigating storm damage, living shorelines have been proven to improve water quality and protect and increase habitat for marine life.
"The threats of storms to our region are inevitable and this is a way we can help property owners and the region enhance the resilience of our shorelines," said Lewie Lawrence, MPPDC Executive Director. "We can't stop storm surges from coming into someone's home. But with the installation of living shorelines, we can reduce the energy of the water flowing into a house when the storm comes, and then the family only has to deal with the flood water clean-up versus the damage raging waters can do."
The Living Shoreline Incentive Program funds are offered in the form of loans of $1,000 to $10,000 financed for up to 60 months, and for up to 120 months for loans greater than $10,000. Interest rates are set at the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate as of the day of loan approval.
Living shorelines can include the installation of the following:
• Vegetation. Native plant roots along shorelines hold soil in place to reduce erosion, provide a buffer to upland areas, break small waves and slow inland water transfer.
• Edging. Edging structures, which can include living reefs, hold the toe of existing or vegetated slow in place to protect against further shoreline erosion.
• Sills. Installed parallel to existing or vegetated shorelines, sills reduce wave energy.
• Beach nourishment. Adding sand from an outside source to an eroding beach can move the shoreline seaward.
An especially unique feature of the incentive program, Lawrence said, is that it also insures the living shorelines by providing replacement costs of any plants that fail to take within the first two years of the project.
Bringing a solution like this to waterfront property owners fits squarely within the MPPDC mission to help localities proactively plan for the future, Lawrence said.
"This is as much about helping property owners as it is about our localities," Lawrence said. "When we shore up our waterfront properties we protect the tax base, we do our part in helping keep our waterways clean and support the natural solutions that can help mitigate impact from flooding."
Homeowners looking to begin the process should reach out to the MPPDC to discuss program eligibility.
Following discussions with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission on site suitability, property owners will fill out an application, which is available at mppdc.com.
ABOUT THE MIDDLE PENINSULA PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION
The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) is one of 21 planning commissions in Virginia charged with promoting the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social and economic elements of the district by planning, and encouraging and assisting localities to plan, for the future.
The MPPDC is comprised of the six counties (Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, and Middlesex) and three towns (Tappahannock, Urbanna, and West Point) on the Middle Peninsula.
Commissioners are appointed by each locality and consist of two elected and one citizen member for each county and one elected member for each town. Three county administrators and one town manager serve on the Commission on a rotating basis. The Executive Director/Secretary, selected by the Commission, manages the daily operations of the planning district's professional staff.
MPPDC is funded by annual contributions from its member local governments, by appropriations from the Virginia General Assembly, and by grants from state and federal governments and other entities.
MPPDC prepares an annual work program and budget each year determined by the needs and priorities of the region and available funding opportunities.
For more information about the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, contact Lewie Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 758-2311.
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