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Lafayette River Restoration


First in Oysters!

September 25, 2017

The governor just announced federal funding that will take us the last mile to  make the Lafayette the first VA river fully restored for oysters.

Read more HERE.

Read Chesapeake Bay Program article "The rebounding Lafayette River is first when it comes to oyster reefs," and watch video HERE.


Almost There: Recovery of the Lafayette Oyster

July 7, 2017

Today the Elizabeth River Project celebrated our progress with many partners, and key federal funding in bringing the Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth River to closer than any other Virginia river to fully restored for native oyster populations. Read more HERE.


State Removes Lafayette From Impaired List

June 14, 2016

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality this week released a final report showing the Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth now meets state water quality standards for recreation contact because bacteria concentrations have significantly dropped! Elizabeth River Project and partners have been watching for this official word since reviewing a draft of the report in 2014 and noting the historic progress. 

Congratulations to dozens of partners and thousands of homes, schools and businesses who have been doing their part with us to restore the Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth since we organized a community-wide plan, adopted in 2011! Read the state report HERE

One word of caution before you jump in your urban river. The report says the Lafayette is no longer impaired for “recreational contact.” We recommend our Safety First precautions.  Bacteria levels still may be high after heavy rains, especially in narrow tributaries.

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