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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
August 12, 2015 ~ Virginia’s General Assembly has directed that “living shorelines” are now the preferred method for treating shoreline erosion and the new “Living Shorelines General Permit” will become effective on September 1. Property owners are taking a keen interest in preserving vital wetlands ecosystems, and contractors working on Virginia’s shoreline need to be up-to-date on current regulation and available resources.
General wetlands ecology, shoreline treatment alternatives and changes to permitting and regulations are key topics for this workshop for marine contractors and agents.
Click here for additional information and to register.
May 21, 2015 ~ We are very excited to attend this prestigious event in Washington DC on Thursday evening. It is great to see a Virginian in the line-up of award recipients — David L. Davis, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (VDEQ) Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection. Congratulations! “Today, Virginia’s wetland program has evolved to become one of the most comprehensive in the country and is recognized as a model for other states.” Read more about the awards.