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River Star Homes Program Manager

Meet New River Star Homes Program Manager, Sara Felker.

"I am excited to be a part of the Elizabeth River Project. I have had a variety of environmental science experiences- from studying native Virginian plants to investigating nutrient cycles in the Alaskan tundra. I have my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and my Master's degree in Ecology from the University of Arizona. Most recently, I worked developing educational materials for science teachers. I am anxious to help with our mission to clean our river."
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Businesses Reduce Pollution

Congratulations to our 109 River Star Businesses. This past year, you reduced pollution voluntarily by more than 30 million pounds!

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Family Activities at Paradise Creek Park
Family Activities at Paradise Creek Park

Join in the FUN, NEW family activities at Paradise Creek Nature Park!

Looking for something fun to do with your family… that’s also meaningful? We’ve planned “Paradise” just for you!

Enjoy the great outdoors with activities sure to spark your curiosity about your home river and how you can help. Go home the sure feeling that your actions count.

Click here to register - Space is limited!

From Rover to River - no poop left behind!
Scoop the Poop!

Did you know that pet waste is one of the top causes of harmful bacteria in our local rivers?

Thanks to everyone who pledged to scoop the poop! Keep scooping!

For more information, click HERE.

Elizabeth River Osprey
Elizabeth River Osprey

Not-so-silent spring, Elizabeth River osprey announce their comeback

After spending the winter months in South America, osprey pairs return to their nesting sites.  Their high-pitched, whistling calls become the song of the River, ushering in the spring and a bustle of life.  But, this has not always been the case here on the Elizabeth.  In 1995 when the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) surveyed the entire Chesapeake Bay osprey population, the Elizabeth River supported just five breeding pairs

Volunteers had fun at Bioblitz!
Volunteers had fun at Bioblitz!

Volunteers had loads of fun while counting 201 species during our “Bioblitz” on June 28 at Paradise Creek Nature Park! Don’t miss the next activities!

For more information, click HERE!

River Star Businesses
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."

For more information on River Star Businesses, click HERE.

Elizabeth Makes the Grade! - Elizabeth River Project
Elizabeth Makes the Grade!

New scientific report says our river, once presumed dead, now rates a C. That’s HUGE progress!

Seahorse found! - The Lafayette Improves!
Lafayette Improves!

A long-awaited state report says the Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth is no longer “impaired” for bacteria. Now that’s a wonderful holiday gift for the many partners, donors and River Stars who brought us this far!

Elizabeth River Project shows the power of local action
Elizabeth River Project shows the power of local action


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Read the story HERE.

Summer Camps

The Learning Barge will be away for the summer for maintenance. But we have partnered with Norfolk Collegiate School for 2 GREAT SUMMER CAMPS!

For more information, click HERE.

New Grant for a Park! - Elizabeth River Project
New Grant for Park!

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

Read more about the grant HERE.