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Lafayette Officially De-Listed!

We’ve been organizing efforts to restore the Lafayette since 2010. The state this week officially “de-listed” this branch of the Elizabeth as impaired for bacteria.

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Come Paddle in Paradise

The Elizabeth River Project cut the ribbon today on a kayak launch and an outdoor student pavilion at our new Paradise Creek Nature Park.

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First Lady Boards Our Barge!

April 18 – We’re so honored that First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe came aboard our Learning Barge today to experience a student field trip aboard “America’s Greenest Vessel.” 

River Stars Featured Bay-Wide

We’re proud to have our River Stars programs capture the limelight in this great photo essay by the Chesapeake Bay Program.


NEW River Plan, Star Power!

Thanks to 100 stakeholders who’ve helped us set five bold new priorities for restoring theElizabeth River. Calling “River Star” homes, businesses, governments and schools: It’s time to find your Star Power.

HRSD: New Hall of Famer

Hooray for environmental achievements celebrated at our annual River Star Businesses Recognition Luncheon. HRSD made Hall of Fame!

Photo Essay: Climbing Aboard the Learning Barge

On a fall morning, a lot is happening on the steel deck of the Dominion Virginia Power Learning Barge. A stream of fourth grade students from Granby Elementary School follows Robin Dunbar, the Elizabeth River Project’s deputy director of education, onto the vessel where they will measure oyster shells, listen to osprey calls, find periwinkles in the wetland observation pool and make traditional mud art. MORE

New Grant for Park!

Thank you, Hampton Roads Community Foundation, for $100,000 for Phase 2 amenities at our Paradise Creek Nature Park.

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Read more about the grant HERE.

Rob Mulholland's mesmerizing art coming to Paradise Creek Nature Park.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Elizabeth River Project a $50,000 grant to bring renowned Scottish sculptor Rob Mulholland to Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth in 2016 for his first major installation in the US. 

Chesapeake’s Newest Living Shoreline

Transforming an Unstable Shore at Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Park.

A big hooray for River Star Businesses!

These businesses were recognized on Jan. 22 for reducing pollution voluntarily by 312 million pounds since 1997! Results were celebrated at our annual recognition banquet, featured here by media sponsor Inside Business.

Thank you, 2015 "stars." 


Barge Cited for Excellence

Our Learning Barge was named one of the state's top 10 "centers for environmental education excellence" Sept. 8 by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. "Barge on," as our students say! Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director - Education, received the award at Natural Bridge Park. Read more about "America's Greenest Vessel"

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A BIG THANKS to Citgo Petroleum!

BIG THANKS to CITGO Petroleum for their $10,000 donation from their Caring for the Coast program for the Paradise Creek Nature Park’s future Maritime Playground.  Roger Bullock, who manages their terminal at Money Point in Chesapeake, presented the check yesterday.

The Learning Barge
She's Absolutely Beautiful

Learning Barge “Splashes” After Donated Spruce Up. Thanks for Unprecedented Support, Maritime Heroes!

Groundbreaking - Phase 2 at Paradise Creek Nature Park
Groundbreaking – Phase 2 Paradise Creek Nature Park

Thanks to generous donors, Phase 2 will bring a kayak launch, two super-green education pavilions, a maritime playground and expanded green parking.

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