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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

Indian River, Rivercrest Shoreline Restoration Project Complete!

Thanks to everyone who worked on building the new oyster reef and expanding the wetland habitat along the Indian River! Check out this 3 minute video created by Friends of Indian River!

Watch video

Calling Otter Spotters!

Send recent photos of otters spotted around the Elizabeth River for consideration in our new exhibit at Nauticus. Email with your name, place and date of the spotting to: rmyers@elizabethriver.org 

Plenty of Fish, Nothing Fishy!

What's lurking in the Elizabeth River? Members of the Elizabeth River Project and Chesapeake Bay Foundation trawled the creeks leading into the river’s Eastern Branch and found a good population of young blue crab, baby spot and croaker, some oyster toadfish, small summer flounder and hogchokers.

Read Pilot Online article

Focus on Indian River Restoration

See the video and read the Virginian-Pilot's article about our focus on the Eastern Branch and Indian River!

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Goo Must Go – Back in Business!

May 24 - Huge thanks to Col. Jason Kelly for signing the re-authorization today for the “goo to go.” Our sister organization, the Living River Restoration  Trust, will now continue as the first organization in the US authorized by the Corps of Engineers to clean up contaminated sediments as a way to offset developer impacts to healthy river bottom.

Read the media release

See Wavy TV video and article

See WVEC's article and video

Volunteers: Help Install a Living Shoreline!

Individual or group volunteers! Help the Elizabeth River Project revitalize Indian River by constructing a 670-foot living shoreline with 777 oyster castles, 60 coir logs, sand, and over 2,000 native wetland plant grasses to protect the site from erosion, prevent sediment pollution, and create habitat. 

New Blog By Experienced Birder, David Gibson

Check out David Gibson, the Elizabeth River Bird Blogger's, new blog, "Reports from the Field: Bird Sightings, Elizabeth River" and his posts, starting with his first post, "Birding: A Singular & Important Hobby." Dave observes and documents birds in many places including Elizabeth River Project’s restoration sites Paradise Creek Nature Park and Money Point. 

Reports from the Field

Pilot Features Our River Academy!

Read David Macauly's article in the Virginian-Pilot, "New River Academy opens its doors in Portsmouth."

Read Pilot Online Article

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