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James River Association wins award for ‘Extreme Stream Makeover’

James River AssociationThe James River Association, which is headquartered in Richmond, won a 2011 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for its “Extreme Stream Makeover” initiative, which was carried out with the help of volunteers throughout the watershed of the James River. Continue reading

Win $500 with Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s watershed photo contest

Great blue heron at Manchester Dam, from the Floodwall WalkThe Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) announces its seventh annual watershed photo contest. Photo submissions are being accepted through April 15. Photographers of all skill level and ages 13 and up are encouraged to participate to win the top cash prize of $500 and have their photo featured in CBF’s award-winning publications. Continue reading

CBF’s Alternative Spring Break needs volunteers

Volunteers are sprucing up Reedy Creek today, but what are you doing Friday? Want to help James River Park manager Ralph White stock the Manchester Canal at the Floodwall with fish and clean a little trash? There is something happening every day this week if you volunteer with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Continue reading

Help the James by sprucing up Crooked Branch for spring

The Northrop Oak is a huge old White Oak tree located in Crooked Branch Ravine Park

"Remarkable Tree" credit: Robin C. Ruth

Do you like to see huge trees? The Northrop Oak is a huge old White Oak tree located in Crooked Branch Ravine Park in Southside and has been nominated as a “remarkable tree.” It is on what was formerly the Northrop Estate just south of the James River along Reedy Creek. Continue reading

DEQ Water Quality report: James still impaired in Richmond

Reedy Creek at the James River Park Visitor's CenterThe Virginia Department of Environmental Quality released the final version of the 2010 Water Quality Report, the so-called “dirty waters list” of Virginia streams, rivers, lakes, and bays found to be polluted. According to a release from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, there are a few things to keep in mind: Continue reading

CBF: Lawn fertilizer bill will reduce bay pollution, save money

Chesapeake Bay FoundationRelease from Chesapeake Bay Foundation:

Bipartisan legislation that will bar the Virginia sale of fertilizer containing phosphorus for use on established lawns has passed the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia and is headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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CBF offering workshop to learn how to grow vital bay grass

Chesapeake Bay FoundationA Saturday learning event:

WHAT – The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is hosting an hour-long workshop to teach citizen volunteers how to grow underwater grasses in home grow-kits. Participants will see a brief slide presentation, then receive hands-on instruction on putting the kits together and planting wild celery seeds for grow-out in their homes. Later this spring, participants will wade out into the James River to help CBF plant the underwater grasses.

WHO – CBF Grassroots Coordinator Jess Barton, Volunteer Trainer James Shelton, and approximately 15 citizen volunteers.

WHERE – 2nd Floor, Capitol Place, 1108 East Main Street in downtown Richmond, Va.

WHEN – Saturday, February 5, 2010, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

WHY – Bay grasses are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  Underwater grasses oxygenate the water, trap silt, reduce pollution, and provide vital food and habitat for fish, crabs, waterfowl, and other wildlife.  Only about 25 percent of the Bay’s original underwater grasses remain, however, largely because of water pollution. Restoration of this vital resource is critical to saving the Bay. Citizens are playing a direct role by helping grow underwater grasses in their homes and replanting them in appropriate areas of the Bay region.