The 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.
Focal Areas of Study
The Dialogues will involve a look at four areas of the City, each with its own unique typology:
Lockwood Corridor / Medical District
New Market and Vardell's Creek Area
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.
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.
August 1-3, 2018: 3-day Pre-Scoping Meeting for the prospective Dutch Dialogues team to gather information and determine feasibility
January 2019: 2-day Scoping Meeting for the Dutch Dialogues team to learn more in depth about the 4 sites
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
The Dutch DialoguesTM Charleston is a collaborative effort among many partners. Thank you to all partners, your support is appreciated!
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.