There is a new sculpture in Richmond at Rocketts Landing. “Deepwater Sponger” was lowered into place Thursday. The cast iron figure is a short and stout sort, toting two weights and rests on a bed of concrete that is in the shape of machinery cogs.
The statue is part of a series calling attention to the global threat to the world’s fresh water. It is scheduled to be in Richmond for at least two years. See more photos and information on the statue at Richmond on the James.
Bill Street, executive director of the James River Association, wrote an editorial in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch about protecting the James River and Chesapeake Bay from pollution:
Disappointingly, Virginia’s recently released draft cleanup plan misses the mark for the James River. While it strives to meet the pollution limits set for every other part of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, it proposes to do only 60 percent of the job for the James River. Instead, the commonwealth wants to change the definition of what “clean” means — but only for the James.
In other words, rather than putting in place a plan that would require concrete action to improve water quality, the state is planning to revise the rules so that more pollution can continue to be discharged into our river.
W. Tayloe Murphy Jr. also declared in the Times-Dispatch that the Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforst are still plagued by “free lunches” to polluters:
I urge Bay state leaders to stop handing out “free lunches” to the polluters and hold them accountable by supporting the Chesapeake Clean Water Act. A truly restored Chesapeake Bay will redound to everyone’s benefit, boosting jobs, the economy, and quality of life. Twenty-five years hence, let us not be recycling old speeches; let us instead be celebrating a clean Bay.
Those concerned about a healthy James River should let their voices be heard by submitting their comments by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by attending the public comment meeting Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Robins Pavilion Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way.
For many, the James River isn’t about the rapids and rocks. Solitude and serenity draws many to the calmer waters above the Falls of the James and Huguenot Flatwater is the place to launch for a quiet paddle.
If you need a destination, Bosher’s Dam is about a mile up river from Huguenot Flatwater and is a scenic, peaceful and pleasant spot to enjoy the James.
See more including a full slideshow at Richmond.com
Instead of shooting down Choo Choo Rapids, I took the channel through what used to be Grant’s Dam past the entrance to the Lower Canal. Someday the overgrown area where it passes under the CSX railway line on the north bank will be cleared all the way to the Pumphouse, giving paddlers access to the Kanawha Canal through George Washington’s Lower Arch and creating a new river access at the Pumphouse.
See more at Phil Riggan’s RichmondOnTheJames blog