Dutch Dialogues

Overview

Man delivering Dutch Dialogues introduction presentation on March 27, 2018The City of Charleston has spent considerable time learning about the "Dutch Approach" to managing water. We have hosted Dutch experts in Charleston and likewise a group of City staff and elected officials including the Mayor, along with other stakeholders, visited the Netherlands in fall 2018 for a first-hand look at their approach to "Living with Water".TM From these various interactions we collectively concluded that a next step effort was to bring the Dutch DialoguesTM to Charleston.

By design, the Dialogues are community focused and tailored to bring the Dutch way of thinking to select areas throughout the world. This effort is funded through private donations and City funding and will be coordinated with neighboring jurisdictions.

Learn more about the history of Dutch DialoguesTM.

Dutch Dialogues map of 4 projects sitesFocal Areas of Study

The Dialogues will involve a look at four areas of the City, each with its own unique typology:

  1. Lockwood Corridor / Medical District
  2. New Market and Vardell's Creek Area
  3. Johns Island
  4. Church Creek Basin

Studying a variety of site typologies is an important part of the process as each unique site will yield unique design ideas. These design ideas can then be transferred and replicated to address other areas with similar typography and needs, both within and outside City limits. 

Learn more about the four focal areas of study.

Timeline

The project commenced in January 2019 in partnership with Historic Charleston Foundation and in support of many, including other public and private donors and the Charleston Resilience Network.
  1. August 1-3, 2018: 3-day Pre-Scoping Meeting for the prospective Dutch Dialogues team to gather information and determine feasibility
  2. January 2019: 2-day Scoping Meeting for the Dutch Dialogues team to learn more in depth about the 4 sites
  3. April 30 - May 2, 2019: 3-day Colloquium for the Dutch Dialogues team to better understand and assess the 4 sites and all their interrelated existing and future projects, plans, data, etc.  View the Colloquium Final Report
  4. July 15-19, 2019: 5-day Design Workshop for the design team to explore design options in depth.  View the Public Engagement Schedule and Agenda
  5. SAVE THE DATE! September 26, 2019: Final Report Presentation on design recommendations from the Dutch Dialogues team (meeting open to all, 6:00pm - 7:30pm at 2 George Street)

For More Information

For more information, please visit the Dutch Dialogues Charleston webpage: www.DutchDialoguesCharleston.org

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Videos

Colloquium Summary

View highlights from the Dutch Dialogues Charleston Colloquium May 1-2, 2019.

View the Colloquium Final Report

Design Workshop Preliminary Report

View the Preliminary Report presented publicly on July 19, 2019, the last day of the design workshop July 15-19, 2019.  

The Final Report will be presented on September 26, 2019.

Photos: Colloquium

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Our Partners

The Dutch DialoguesTM Charleston is a collaborative effort among many partners.  Thank you to all partners, your support is appreciated!

Dutch Dialogues Charleston partners

Representatives of the Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden Water Board meet with City staff and elected officials.City staff and elected officials meet with representatives of the Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden Water Board in Houten, Netherlands in fall 2018. Their mission is "Safe Dikes, Dry Feet, Clean Water", and they are responsible for flood control, water quantity, water quality and treatment of urban wastewater in their region.