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Tidewater Documentary Screening

Date: 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT October 9, 2018

The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is relatively unknown nationwide, but it is the region whose vulnerability to sea level rise most affects military readiness and our overall national security.

Join the Center for Environment & Society for a documentary screening of Tidewater. This event is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30 pm in the Norman James Theatre of William Smith Hall on the Washington College Campus. 

Admission is FREE, RSVP if you are attending at eventbrite:



Tidewater explores the challenge of sea level rise in the Tidewater region of Virginia and North Carolina, encompassing Hampton Roads, arguably the region whose vulnerability most affects our overall national security. An area rich in diversity and historical significance, it is the second most vulnerable community in the U.S. to sea level rise, after New Orleans. With over 1.6 million citizens, the region is comprised of 17 jurisdictions and hosts 18 federal government agencies along with Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval station in the world and a major deployment point for U.S. forces globally. The region is also experiencing land subsidence, which exacerbates the effects of flooding. 

Their homes, schools, hospitals, and families are increasingly struggling to keep up with the effects of rising waters, and the military and all the surrounding municipalities are working towards solutions in the name of strengthening national security and enhancing economic prosperity.

Tidewater will highlight an innovative, problem-solving model being pioneered by local leaders. If Hampton Road succeeds, it will mean success on several levels, including a model other regions can use to prepare for and deal with disaster: a model that can demonstrate how people, businesses, and government can all pull together to solve a complex problem. 


Directed and produced by Roger Sorkin. 



Click here to learn more about the film.