The Friends of the James River Park‘s monthly newsletter alerted me to a city initiative I should have been aware of but somehow slipped my attention. The Department of Public Utilities has a new program – RVAH20.org – which includes a watershed management program integrating drinking water, stormwater and wastewater. There are plans for stream restoration projects on Goode’s Creek, Pocosham Creek, and Reedy Creek. The goal of these efforts is to reduce stream bank erosion and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus runoff into the James River.
The site has some cool features, like a citywide watershed map that enables residents to see what micro-watershed they reside in (Reedy Creek, Pocosham, Goode’s, etc.). And there’s information on all the stream restoration projects — what they hope to accomplish, what they’ll cost, how citizens can get involved, and more. Check it out when you have a minute. Chances are, there’s some sort of project planned for your neighborhood.