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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!

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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!

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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: 

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."

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Secretary Ben Carson Visits Learning Barge

Former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, now Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, toured the Elizabeth River Project's Dominion Learning Barge docked at the Grandy Village Learning Center on April 5, 2018. Elizabeth River Project staff introduced the Secretary to river wildlife, including sea squirts, an eel, and an osprey, plus the urgent mission of the Barge in sea level education.

Fred W. Beazley River Academy Now Open!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Paradise Creek Nature Park for the ribbon cutting of one of the greenest little buildings in the region!

Read More About the Fred W. Beazley River Academy

Thank you, First Citizen of Portsmouth, Ross Cherry!

B. “Ross” Cherry has been selected First Citizen of Portsmouth and proceeds from his awards banquet go to our Paradise Creek Nature Park!  Banquet tickets are $75 - Get yours now to attend on April 26, 2018 at the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel. Many thanks, Mr. Cherry and Portsmouth Service League!

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