Pleasure House Point Saved
After years of community effort, Pleasure
House Point—a 100-plus-acre spit of sand,
marsh, dunes, and trees on the Lynnhaven
River in Virginia Beach—has been permanently saved.
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Pleasure House Point is on the Lynnhaven River
near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
Ownership of the tract formally transferred
to the City of Virginia Beach on July 10, capping a partnership effort led by the City of
Virginia Beach, the Trust for Public Land,
CBF, and the community to conserve the
property as open space. The acquisition follows years of efforts to preserve the property,
the largest remaining undeveloped waterfront in Virginia Beach.
Just five years ago, the property was slated to
be developed with 1,000 residences. The
2008 collapse of the housing market halted
those plans, offering an excellent opportunity
for the city, the community, and conservation
groups to purchase the land for $13 million.
Reef restoration aims to make
the Lafayette River fishable
and swimmable by 2014.
Upham Brook watershed restoration project
in Richmond and Henrico County, included
sessions on rain barrels, rain gardens, and
home audits to assess landscaping opportunities for reducing erosion and runoff.
Project partners include the Alliance for the
Chesapeake Bay, the Center for Watershed
Protection, the City of Richmond, Friends of
Bryan Park, Henrico County, the Lewis Ginter
Botanical Garden, and local master gardeners
and master naturalists. The project is funded
by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the
Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund (paid for by
funds generated from the sale of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay license plates), The Mary
Morton Parsons Foundation, The Community
Foundation Serving Richmond and Central
Virginia, and the Austin Memorial Foundation.
Oyster Success on the Lafayette
The largest sanctuary reef ever to be restored
in Norfolk’s Lafayette River—nearly half an
acre—was built this summer collaboratively
by CBF and the Elizabeth River Project
(ERP). It’s part of a community-wide effort to
make the river safe for swimming, fishing,
and oyster harvesting by 2014. A combination of winning components should help the
reef thrive: a base of crushed concrete
capped with oyster shell, boosted with spat-on-shell (baby oysters) and oysters grown by
CBF and ERP volunteers—all surrounded by
a perimeter of concrete reef balls.
Support came from a $100,000 grant from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) and funding from
Lafayette RiverFest, Fish America Foundation,
NOAA’s Restoration Center, Restore America’s
Estuaries, and the Virginia Department of
Conservation and Recreation.
Volunteers Rock Clean the Bay Day
The 24th annual Clean the Bay Day in June
was another huge success. Nearly 6,800 volunteers came out to help in this massive
shoreline cleanup sponsored by CBF with
participating localities and citizen volunteers.
In just three hours, volunteers hauled an estimated 152,000 pounds of debris from nearly
500 miles of shoreline in Hampton Roads and
waterways across Virginia. Clean the Bay Day
exemplifies the power of collaboration among
nonprofits, cities, parks, civic groups, Scouts,
and corporate sponsors willing to give real
sweat equity for their local waterways.
Plans are already under way for next year’s
silver anniversary clean-up event on June 1.
For more information, visit cbf.org/virginia.
CBF is designing and building an environmental center on 10 acres of the property. The
facility is expected to obtain the U.S. Green
Building Council’s Platinum LEED certification as well as the Living Building Challenge’s
Net-Zero-Energy and Water-Use Certifications.
Expected move in is summer 2014.
For more information on Pleasure House
Point, visit cbf.org/PHP.
Citizens Learn to Reduce Runoff
CBF sponsored citizen workshops this summer to teach Richmond-area residents how
to better reduce runoff from their homes and
gardens. The workshops, part of CBF’s
Volunteers at the 24th annual Clean the Bay Day collected around 152,000 pounds of debris.