The Historic Charleston Foundation, the City of Charleston, and numerous community partners have launched Dutch Dialogues® Charleston, a collaborative effort involving national and international water experts working alongside local Charleston teams to evaluate and conceptualize a Living with Water® future.

The initial, knowledge-sharing phase of Dutch Dialogues Charleston, called Colloquium, will bring together stakeholders to identify and connect related efforts, assemble project teams, and discuss four key study areas: Church Creek, the Cooper Bridge Redevelopment area (Vardell’s and New Market Creek area), Johns Island, and the Lockwood Corridor.

Stakeholders will also initiate the development of a comprehensive, collective, and strategic approach to flood mitigation in these high-threat areas.

The Colloquium’s purpose is to create a shared understanding and direction for the Dutch Dialogues® Charleston Workshop scheduled for July.

Members of the media and the public are invited to a post-Colloquium discussion and review that will cover progress made during the sessions and next steps, an overview of Dutch Dialogues® Charleston’s approach and insight from some of the world’s foremost urban planners.

The recap will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in The Cedar Room, 701 East Bay Street No. 200, Charleston, South Carolina.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: National and international Dutch Dialogues team members, local partners, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and city staff will be available for comment following the recap.