Environmental Projects Conducted at Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway
Date: March 30, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Beth Davis, Environmental Education Coordinator
Phone: (757) 253-6859
James City County, VA - (March 30, 2004) - James City County Development Management's PRIDE program along with the Division of Parks and Recreation and the James River Association (JRA) partnered to conduct various environmental projects at Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway on March 27, 2004. The plantings and litter clean-up efforts will improve water quality and wildlife habitat as well as enhance the appearance of a community amenity. The installation of a coconut (coir) log will provide for erosion control due to stream and tidal forces on the bank and from surface runoff down the adjacent slope.
Scott Thomas, Mike Woolson, and Beth Davis of PRIDE planted wetlands plants consisting of Sweet Pepper Bush, Redtwig Dogwood, and Arrowood Viburnum in the Park's infiltration basin (stormwater management facility/BMP) and removed debris and trash from the Bald Cypress swamp; Paul Tubach of Parks and Recreation installed various trees throughout the Park; and Greg Garrison of the James River Association installed a "coir" log with wetland plants consisting of Swamp Hibiscus; Bluejoint Grass; Hairy Sedge; Sweet Flag; and Broom Sedge along the shoreline.
"The partnership and projects are a prime example of working together to improve water quality in our watersheds and provide a better environment and community," stated Beth Davis, James City County Environmental Education Coordinator. All three agencies were recognized by the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Stewardship Virginia Program by receiving certificates of appreciation signed by Governor Mark R. Warner and W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr., Secretary of Natural Resources, for their efforts in conserving and enhancing Virginia's lands and waters and ensuring the health of our waterways for present and future generations.
Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway currently consists of a small boat/canoe launch with parking for 20 vehicles. Powhatan Creek is listed on the Natural Resources Inventory. Scenic views of saltwater marshes and an abundance of wildlife highlight trips on this beautiful waterway. Powhatan Creek is part of the Chesapeake Gateways Network and provides access to the James River at Jamestown Island. Contact Parks and Recreation at (757) 259-3200 for further information or visit www.jccegov.com/recreation.
PRIDE, which stands for "Protecting Resources in Delicate Environments," is the County's watershed education program. PRIDE offers watershed protection tips, tools, and resources, as well as the opportunity for neighborhoods and businesses to earn a PRIDE designation. A Mini-Grant program is also available for small water quality improvement projects to County neighborhoods, stormwater facility (BMP) owners, and community groups seeking to improve water quality through watershed restoration and/or protection projects such as tree planting, wetland planting, BMP restoration, and stream bank stabilization. PRIDE conducts two hands-on watershed education workshops per year. Contact Beth Davis, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (757) 253-6859 for further information or visit www.protectedwithpride.org.
The JRA is a non-profit citizens' organization dedicated to the conservation and responsible stewardship of the natural and historic resources of the James River Watershed. The JRA offers a Riparian Lands Restoration Program free of charge to property owners within the James River Watershed. With each riparian planting, the JRA provides expertise on plant species and design that would best suit your property; materials for the restoration planting, including trees, shrubs, grasses, protective tree covers, and other materials, as needed; volunteer labor to plant the vegetation; and assistance in identifying other conservation programs that may be of use to you. Contact the JRA at (804) 730-2898 for further information or visit www.jamesriverassociation.org.