Stay Co2ol With Trees, Richmond’s third annual Arbor Day festival, offers a big menu of fun and information for everyone in the family. Come out for a day of fun at the Carillon in Byrd Park on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Arbor Day celebration is free to attend and will be held rain or shine. Continue reading
The 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
It has been two years since I participated in a cleanup at Cannon Creek. The amount of trash was not the issue from what I recall, it was the type of trash. There were hundreds of tires, couches and old deteriorated mattresses that had become buried in the mud. It took truckloads to remove the trash, and I don’t think we moved more than 50 feet while we were there. Continue reading
The 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
Release 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.
A 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.
The removal of trees and natural habitats along the James River and scenic Riverside Drive for the construction of the replacement for Huguenot Bridge is complete, but the major three-year reconstruction has just begun.
The James River Park System has a sign just east of the bridge that may answer many questions about how the construction impact the James River Park land below. See the video as NBC12’s Andrew Freiden talks with park manager Ralph White:
So what happens to the wildlife during the construction, and what will happen afterwards? For the answer, we went to James River Park manager Ralph White — a respected voice for river-lovers.
“I’m very supportive of this whole-hearted effort — let’s do it right,” White said. He said VDOT and construction company Skandia listened during the planning process — and they’ve been sensitive to wildlife from Day 1.
See the rest of the interview and the video at www.NBC12.com