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Paradise Creek Nature Park to Open Education Center

Marjorie Mayfield Jackson calls Paradise Creek Nature Park an urban oasis.

But the 40-acre park is missing something.

Thousands of students visit it on field trips every year, and there’s only one facility for them – a portable toilet.

“To welcome students and the public,” that has to change, said Mayfield Jackson, executive director of the Elizabeth River Project.

So the organization has arranged for an addition to the park: the Fred W. Beazley River Academy.

Read more on Pilot Online

Groundbreaking for the Fred W. Beazley River Academy

Aug. 4, 2017 -  It’s official!  Ground was broken today at Paradise Creek Nature Park for the Fred W. Beazley River Academy. Special thanks to Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe, Judge Richard Bray, and Portsmouth Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Elie Bracey III.

 

‘Paradise Found’ Along the Elizabeth River

Bay Journal Features Our Park! See the beautiful photo and story here:

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Oyster Reef Congressman Scott
The Rebound of the Lafayette Oyster – A Partnership Success Story

On July 7, federal, state, and local officials, including Reps. Bobby Scott and Scott Taylor, came together to highlight progress in restoring the Lafayette River’s oyster population and the vital need for funding to complete the job.

Join us for RIVERFest 2017
First time in Virginia Beach! Join us at Carolanne Farms Neighborhood Park in Kempsville for RIVERFest on Sunday, September 17th.
FREE Guided Kayak Paddles, FREE Kids Activities, Live Music, Science Dome, Adopt a River Otter, Native Plant Sale, Food Trucks, Win a Paddleboard, and more!
 
Get a Google Street View-Type Look at the Elizabeth River

This past spring the Elizabeth River Project hired to Terrain 360 to map the entire Elizabeth and Lafayette River waterways.  This interactive website allows you to visit all the cool places in river and to see it in 360° view. If you are looking to canoe, kayak, or get on the water it is a great tool for you to use.

Check out the map here

Read More at the Virginian-Pilot

Yoga on the River for the River: Over $3,000 Raised for Elizabeth River Project

500 yogis took to their mats during last night’s Bhav On-Board: Sunset Pop-Up Yoga on the USS Wisconsin hosted by Bhav Brigade Hampton Roads, a pop-up yoga group that takes yoga out into the community for the masses.

Marjorie Mayfield Jackson: Trump Budget Could End Elizabeth River “Miracles”

"HERE ARE THREE miracles that would never have happened in Hampton Roads were it not for seed funding from federal programs that President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating or severely curtailing."  Read more of Marjorie Mayfield Jackson's editorial in the Virginian-Pilot.

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Congressman Scott Taylor Submits Appropriations Request to Restore Funding for the Chesapeake Bay

Hooray for Congressman Taylor! Huge thanks to Congressman Scott Taylor for submitting an appropriations request to restore full federal funding for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Read his statement here, then give him a thank you call! 202-425-4215.

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President's Budget Would Make River Restoration Falter

If you appreciate the Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth coming back to life, if your kids or grandkids like our Learning Barge, if you're cheering our efforts on the Eastern Branch -- then please urge your Congress members to sustain funding for the federal programs that have made Elizabeth River Project's work possible in all these areas.

Making the Case

“One of the most difficult things about communicating about climate change is that we are moving into a different world than we’ve ever experienced.” Read more of what Michelle Covi, Assistant professor of practice at ODU’s Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department and Elizabeth River Project supporter says in the Spring 2017 edition of Distinction magazine, featuring local environmental visionaries.

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The Impossible Job

"They thought the Elizabeth River was hopeless. Marjorie Mayfield Jackson proved them wrong." Read more about the growth and impact of the Elizabeth River Project in the Spring 2017 edition of Distinction magazine, featuring local environmental visionaries.

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Annual River Star Businesses Recognition Luncheon

Top honors awarded to Norfolk Naval Shipyard at the Annual River Star Recognition Luncheon. Congratulations to the 120 businesses recognized for their environmental acheivements to improve the health of the Elizabeth River

Read the "One Flock" story in the Virginian Pilot!

“"One Flock" steel sculpture, the first U.S. project by international artist Rob Mulholland to be unveiled Sunday”

Click here to read the full story.

RFP - Oyster Reef

Elizabeth River Project will construct an acre of oyster reef in the Lafayette shortly! Qualified construction firms, download the RFP.

 

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