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Dutch Dialogues intro presentation 3.27.18 lightened.jpg 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 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 will be funded through private donations and City funding and will be coordinated with neighboring jurisdictions.


The Dialogues will involve a look at 4 areas in the City:
  1. Lockwood Corridor
  2. Vardells Creek and Newmarket Creek drainage basins
  3. Johns Island (through the lens of building and development practices)
  4. Church Creek Basin (will involve a Dutch Approach review of proposed actions within the basin)


The project commenced in January 2019.
  • January 2019: 2-day Scoping Meeting
  • April 2019: 2-day Colloquium
  • June/July 2019: 5-day Workshop concluding in community briefings and displays.  


Representatives of the Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden Water Board meet with City staff and elected officials in Houten, Netherlands in 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.