39 Million Pounds of GOO GONE! 25 Species of Fish Have Come Back. 6 Times Less Cancer in Fish.
If you questioned whether nature could really recover from a century of disastrous pollution—take heart!
Money Point could become a poster child for the good news: With the right resources and commitment, even a "nearly dead zone" can return to life!
As many as 17 species of fish and shellfish including eels, flounder, oysters, speckled trout, shad, spot and croaker have been found in a restored marshland at Money Point. The "new" marsh was designed by wetlands scientists and is based on removal and replacement of highly contaminated sediments as well as restoring marsh plants for protection of the newly created habitat. Researchers continue their observations with emphasis on the health of the fish.
The first two phases of the cleanup costs more than $6 million. Five million is provided through The Living River Restoration Trust, a mitigation fund authorized by the Us Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, and VA Department of Environmental quality, and received from APM Terminals Virginia. Additional support comes from the Environmental Protection Agency's Targeted Watershed Initiative and Community Action for a Renewed Environment programs, NOAA's Community Based Habitat Restoration Program, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, FishAmerica Foundation, the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Grant Program, Hess Corp., Luck Stone and the members and donors of Elizabeth River Project.
"This project is amazing in many ways," says Marjorie Mayfield Jackson, executive director of The Elizabeth River Project. "That restoration can work, and that so many from across the private and public sectors--including federal, state and local levels--are committed to carrying out this restoration, is deeply gratifying. Together, we will reach our ultimate goal of a restored Elizabeth River by 2020!"
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Photos courtesy of environmental photojournalist and writer, Morgan Heim.