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About Us

Who We Are

We are citizens, businesses, schools and government working together to restore our home river. For too long, the Elizabeth River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, has been infamous for pollution. Instead of lamenting the problem, we prefer to take hope from her strengths. From the Great Bridge Lock to the naval base, you can see the importance of the Elizabeth River every day in Hampton Roads. She gives us our work and our play. The Elizabeth River Project is the non-profit leading community efforts to restore the environmental health of this great harbor river while affirming her value to our port economy.

Our Mission

To restore the Elizabeth River to the highest practical level of environmental quality through government, business and community partnerships.

Read Our Profile in Distinction  Magazine


Major Projects

Our History

Watershed Action Plan

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Elizabeth River Project Paddleboard winnerAs a mother of 3 boys and several dogs… a clean river is so much more than a pretty view. It is healthy, happy, adventurous living for my family. To me there is nothing more important than that.
– Ayme Becnel, Norfolk

The Elizabeth River Project is an independent, 501-©(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 1993 and governed by a board of directors.