Norfolk’s Tidewater Drive District and Hampton’s Newmarket Creek Watershed will be the focus of a special meeting in Norfolk this summer that pairs Dutch urban designers, engineers and other experts with their American counterparts to explore creative solutions to flood risks.

Who: Everyone is welcomegirls-flood-water

What: Discussion & discovery of solutions to rising sea level

Where: The Slover Library in downtown Norfolk

When: June 19 – June 23, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Why: To preserve & protect our community

The upcoming “Dutch Dialogues” – first held in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina – is considered a turning point for both Norfolk, Hampton and the region.

The name reflects The Netherlands’ history and experience as a low-lying country with an elaborate flood protection system. Teams will study Hampton/Newport News and Norfolk projects June 19-24.

Participants will include private stakeholders, regional experts and the public.