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Give Local 757 - May 14

Give where you live - support your home river! For just 24 hours on May 14th and a minimum $10 online donation, your Give Local 757 gift to the Elizabeth River Project can be amplified with matching funds and prizes for the non-profits you support.

Live Here. Give Here. Give Local 757

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Living Shoreline
Living shoreline is answer to stop erosion on this waterfront property

Click here to read more about the living shoreline restoration project currently underway in Virginia Beach.

Tom Clynes, keynote speaker
National Geographic photojournalist Tom Clynes to be keynote speaker at Student Expo

Youth Resilience Expo – 10 am – 1 pm, Saturday, April 6, at Nauticus, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk

National Geographic photojournalist, Tom Clynes, will present the keynote address at 10 am.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (email

Artist Peter Geiger painted the murals at the new TowneBank River Playground
Grand Opening for Paradise Creek Nature Park TowneBank Playground

Click here for the Virginian Pilot's article about the grand opening of the TowneBank River Playground at Paradise Creek Nature Park.

New Archway in Paradise

Special thanks to Romayne and Danny Byrum for creating this arch from driftwood as the entry to a new outdoor classroom underway at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Romayne is a member of Elizabeth River Garden Club, which landed a grant from the Garden Club of Virginia for the larger classroom project.

Stormwater Construction Request for Proposals Now Open For Bid

The Elizabeth River Project is seeking construction services to install a number of stormwater best management practices in ditches within the City of Norfolk.  The projects help to improve local stormwater while also reducing flooding.  Contractors with experience with stormwater projects are encouraged to bid.  Bids are due by May 1, 2019 with a mandatory site visit on April 10th

The RFP can be downloaded here:  Request for Proposal  

Follow these links to see the Stormwater designs.

Attachment F - Ingleside Design

Attachment G - VA Beach Blvd Design

And the 2019 Inside Business River Star Hall of Fame Winner is...

This year's Inside Business Hall of Fame honoree, General Dynamics NASSCO, reduces pollution and creates wildlife habitat on many levels, including this wetland planting.

See the Hall of Fame video for more! 

View all the 2019 Inside Business Honorees

Top 5 River Wishes for 2019: Your Year-End Gift Could Make the Difference

Keep the momemtum going for these "Top 5 River Wishes in 2019" with your special year-end gift.

RIVERFest Boosts Indian River

Things are looking up for Indian River, a troubled section of the Elizabeth, after RIVERFest visited on Oct. 6! The community came out strong for our free festival encouraging “doing right by the river.” River Star Homes passed the 5,000 milestone!!!.

Thank you and enjoy the photos here.

YOU DID IT! Lafayette 1st for Oysters

Oct. 8, 2018 – The Elizabeth’s Lafayette branch is now officially FIRST IN VIRGINIA to achieve science-based goals for full restoration of habitat for the native oyster.

Elizabeth River Project restored 12 oyster reefs over the last decade, thanks to you, members and partners. Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeded the reefs with 70 million young oysters and more than two dozen more organizations helped.

A community flotilla celebrated as they placed the final ceremonial oysters on Oct. 8! This is huge… Thank you!

Read more here

Lafayette Oyster Restoration Celebration!

Celebrate the Lafayette River becoming the first tributary in Virginia to meet Chesapeake Bay Program oyster restoration goals!

Monday, October 8 from 11am-2pm

Click below for more info and to RSVP.

RIVERFest Comes to Indian River!

Join us as the area's premiere environmental festival goes to the dogs!

Saturday, October 6th from11am-4pm. Tanglewood Neighborhood in Indian River, on the grounds of St. Brides Episcopal Church. 621 Sparrow Road, Chesapeake,  VA 23325

RIVERFest Website

See Our Indian River Effort on TV!

See the Rivercrest Indian River shoreline restoration project finale, produced by the City of Chesapeake!

Watch video

The Taste of Paradise

Matt Fine, Elizabeth River Project board member, and Kat Fish, ERP’s Paradise Creek Nature Park ranger, help make Paradise Creek Kolsch at MoMac brewery. Part of the proceeds from the release of Paradise Creek Kolsch on August 11th went to the Elizabeth River Project!


NEW - Otter Exhibit & “Otter Spotters” Launch!

Nauticus opened a river otter exhibit on July 28 with Elizabeth River Project to celebrate the return of otters to our urban river. In conjunction, we have launched an Otter Spotter program for citizens to report sightings of our “poster mammal.” 

Otter Spotter program