Field stations

A Public-Private research Partnership

Rural coastal Virginia presents a rare opportunity—numerous publicly owned properties and buildings for real-world product testing and development—an unequaled living laboratory for testing the best climate resilience and adaptation solutions, and the chance to make a positive impact quickly. Explore each of these nine properties that are among the best field station opportunities* for research.

*The total inventory includes over 50 properties and these may also be available to suit individual research requirements.

Multi-use Public Land Access

The Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MP-PAA) offers access to public waters and recreational lands. Shorelines are high-priority natural areas and it is critical to set aside access sites for all types of recreational activities important to our economy and to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. These MP-PAA properties can be reserved online for outdoor recreational activities like hunting, hiking nature trails, fishing, crabbing, boating, and many others. Be mindful of users engaged in these activities while conducting research at any of the sites.

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Triangle Environmental Health Initiative

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Reefs are being placed along the Guinea marsh to protect the islands from erosion Saturday August 5, 2023.
Reefs are being placed along the Guinea marsh to protect the islands from erosion Saturday August 5, 2023.
Reefs are being placed along the Guinea marsh to protect the islands from erosion Saturday August 5, 2023.

Natrx Adaptive Infrastructure

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Dredge Material Collection and Reuse


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Shoreline Stabilization Structures


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Shoreline Stabilization Planting Structure


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Advanced Waste Collection and Treatment

This pilot project is more than just an innovation, it’s a beacon of hope for rural coastal homes and businesses. Here’s why:

Overcoming Drainfield Failure: By eliminating the need for a traditional drainfield, this system is a game-changer for areas where they are failing.

Designed for Coastal Challenges: It’s specifically designed to handle the unique challenges of coastal areas – rising sea levels, and more frequent and intense rainfalls.

Safeguarding Homes and Businesses: This system offers a reliable and sustainable  wastewater treatment option, which is crucial for the livelihood and safety of these communities.

THE INNOVATIVE APPROACH

Advanced Waste Collection and Treatment: The system collects wastewater like usual but then treats it in a vertically elevated unit (typically on pilings), ensuring it’s not affected by flooding.

Safe Discharge: Wastewater is treated to a high quality, meeting state standards to discharge away from the property.

Resilient Water Reuse: Alternatively, after treatment, water is stored and reused in a way that’s safe and eco-friendly (irrigation, flushing toilets, etc.), a big plus for areas where water resources can be strained.

Shoreline Stabilization Plantings


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Dredge Sock Shoreline Stabilization


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Wave monitoring sensor

Wave Motion Measuring Sensor


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Workers from Biogenics Solutions, Ready Reef, and Golden Oyster install oyster castles in a channel of Whittaker Creek in Gloucester, Virginia on Aug 15, 2023.

Biogenics Solutions Consulting LLC

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Advanced Waste Collection and Treatment

This pilot project is more than just an innovation, it’s a beacon of hope for rural coastal homes and businesses. Here’s why:

  • Overcoming Drainfield Failure: By eliminating the need for a traditional drainfield, this system is a game-changer for areas where they are failing.
  • Designed for Coastal Challenges: It’s specifically designed to handle the unique challenges of coastal areas – rising sea levels, and more frequent and intense rainfalls.
  • Safeguarding Homes and Businesses: This system offers a reliable and sustainable  wastewater treatment option, which is crucial for the livelihood and safety of these communities.

THE INNOVATIVE APPROACH

  • Advanced Waste Collection and Treatment: The system collects wastewater like usual but then treats it in a vertically elevated unit (typically on pilings), ensuring it’s not affected by flooding.
  • Safe Discharge: Wastewater is treated to a high quality, meeting state standards to discharge away from the property.
  • Resilient Water Reuse: Alternatively, after treatment, water is stored and reused in a way that’s safe and eco-friendly (irrigation, flushing toilets, etc.), a big plus for areas where water resources can be strained.
Wave monitoring sensor

Wave Motion Measuring Sensor

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