Union of Concerned Scientists New Report

July 21, 2017 ~ The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a new report titled “When Rising Seas Hit Home – Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities”.  The report focuses on the chronic inundations from flooding from sea level rise that is currently being experienced by many US communities, and includes projections for future permanent inundation.  The report also urges communities to plan now, rather than waiting until flooding becomes a major problem.  Click here to read the full report.

For more information:

  • Visit the Union of Concerned Scientists website:  http://www.ucsusa.org
  • Listen to a recorded broadcast of “What Can Be Done About Maryland and Virginia’s Eroding Coasts?”, that originally aired on the “Kojo Nnamdi Show” on WAMU on July 20. Guests on the broadcast include Astrid Caldas, a senior climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, Rona Kobell, Chesapeake Bay Reporter for the Bay Journal, and Bruce Mills, a lawyer from Virginia Beach.  Click here to listen to the broadcast.

Northern Neck Green Website

July 10, 2017 ~ Be sure to check out the Northern Neck Green website!  Here’s a blurb describing the the purpose of the website and the type of information you will find there:

“NNKgreen.org is a regional website designed as the go-to place for all topics environmental, relevant to the Northern Neck of Virginia. It is maintained with the active participation and contribution from many of the region’s organizations that are dedicated to making the most out of our air, land, and water—by making them last.”

Many thanks to the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, and to all the organizations responsible for the development and maintenance of this fabulous new resource for the Northern Neck!

Click here to visit Northern Neck Green.

Spring 2017 Living Shoreline Workshop Planning Underway

September 1, 2016 ~ Planning is underway for the Spring 2017 Living Shoreline Workshop for Northern Neck shoreline contractors and landscaping pros. The workshop will include field work and case studies to evaluate natural solutions for shoreline erosion under varying conditions. Good stuff presented by The Wetlands Project, Friends of the Rappahannock and Lancaster County, Virginia — a successful partnership and a great team! 

Coastal Zone Management Magazine Available On-Line

July 6, 2016 ~ The Spring 2016 issue of Coastal Zone Management Magazine is now available on-line from Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality.  This issue is filled with information relevant to Virginia’s coastal communities.  Northern Neck residents will be particularly interested in the articles “Coastal VEVA Update”, which evaluates the ecological value of our land, and “Building Coastal Resiliency”, which describes a study to determine the ability of coastal communities to withstand the impacts of storms and flooding.

Click here to view the entire magazine on our website.

 

King Street Landing Dedication in Port Royal Virginia

May 15, 2016 ~ Mayor Jim Heimbach officiated at the ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new community pier, soft canoe and kayak launch, and living shoreline in Port Royal.  This wonderful project designed to reconnect the surrounding communities with their Rappahannock River heritage, was the culmination of almost three years of collaborative effort between the town of Port Royal and a coalition of public and private partners.  Congratulations to Mayor Heimbach and his team!  Click here to read more about the King Street Landing Project in Port Royal, Virginia.

Meet the Team!

March 30, 2016 ~ Meet our Board of Directors, the team responsible for communicating the “3 Cs” of our wetlands conservation message:  Clear, Concise, Consistent.  Our mission is to create long-term economic value for protecting fragile wetlands ecosystems.  Our vision is to elevate wetlands conservation into a trending cause championed by the general public.  Read more about our Board.

Planning for Windmill Point Boat Ramp Underway

March 9, 2016 ~ Lancaster County, Virginia has acquired all the necessary approvals and permits to proceed with development of the boat ramp at Windmill Point.  In addition to construction of a ramp and a courtesy pier, the site plan includes a wetlands restoration project, removal of invasive plants and installation of educational signs explaining the value of wetlands to the watershed. The Wetlands Project is delighted to be part of the planning for the educational components of the site.  Projected completion date is fall, 2016.

Kudos to Lancaster County for creating a beautiful new access point for exploring the glorious Chesapeake Bay! Follow our Facebook Page for more updates about the project.

The Wetlands Project Invited to Join US National Ramsar Committee

January 6, 2016 ~ The Wetlands Project is excited to announce that we have been invited to join the US National Ramsar Committee.  The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, commonly called the Ramsar Convention, is the only global environmental treaty that deals with a particular ecosystem. The Ramsar Convention provides a framework for local and national participation, as well as international cooperation for the conservation and “wise use” of wetlands and their resources.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with the committee to designate more US sites as “Wetlands of International Importance”.  Read more about the Ramsar Convention.

Living Shoreline Technology Transfer & Regional Workshops

December 1&2, 2015 ~ The Wetlands Project has registered to attend this Hartford, Connecticut workshop focused on regional solutions using “sound science, innovative approaches and connected community”. We’re especially looking forward to the latest funding and financing opportunities available for program work.  Read more about the workshop here.

It’s a Wrap!

October 7, 2015 ~ The “Wetlands and Shoreline Workshop was a great success!  The pragmatic and practical approach of the session was extremely well received by over 80 attendees.  The general consensus from the evaluations expresses the need for additional training events similar to the workshop!  Thanks to all who attended and to our Lancaster County and Friends of the Rappahhanock partners for working so hard.

Read the full report here!