American Wetlands Month Event

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Tue, 07/01/2008

Norfolk, VA (July 1, 2008) – One of the Mid-Atlantic’s most significant wetlands restoration efforts will be showcased May 21 along the Norfolk, VA Elizabeth Riverfront in observance of American Wetlands Month.

The initiative, a model environmental partnership between the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA), Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) and City of Norfolk, is taking place along the shoreline of NRHA’s 44-acre Grandy Village community.

HRT, in constructing Virginia’s first light rail project (The Tide), will impact 1.57 acres of wetlands. To offset that impact, HRT will restore 1.7 acres of wetlands at Grandy Village, which is undergoing a $41 million revitalization. The project, which is providing mitigation in the same watershed where the wetlands are being impacted, is proceeding under the stewardship of the Army Corps of Engineers and City of Norfolk.

In addition to helping revitalize the Grandy Village neighborhood, the project will give a substantial boost to the Elizabeth River Project’s goal of a swimmable and fishable river by 2020 as well as a net gain of wetlands.

The event will include site tours and exhibitors that will begin at 10 am followed by keynote speakers and lunch.

Exhibitors include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Elizabeth River Project, The Virginia Zoo, The Hermitage Museum, URS, The City of Norfolk, HRT and NRHA.

Seventy second grade students and their teachers from neighboring Chesterfield Academy will be taken on a “slog” to the water’s edge where they will release ladybugs, a method of bio-control. According to Holly Carson of Keep Norfolk Beautiful, “ladybugs are particularly good at clearing out aphids, among other pest insects, which reduces the need for pesticides, and decreases exposure of kids, pets, and the ecosystem to unwanted chemicals.”

NRHA Executive Director Shurl Montgomery will provide introductory remarks beginning at 11 am. Keynote remarks will be made by Councilmen Paul Riddick, NRHA Chairman W. Sheppard Miller, Michael Townes, President/CEO of HRT.

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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