The Elizabeth River Project and partners have
launched a $3.1 million project - Phase 2 at Money Point, on the
Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River - to remove contamination
associated with cancer in bottom-dwelling fish.
Funded primarily by the Living River Restoration Trust and managed by
Elizabeth River Project, Phase 2 began in early June and will be
completed by fall of 2011. Construction contractors are removing about
15,000 cubic yards of river sediments contaminated with polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, for safe disposal at a controlled
landfill. Once the dredging is completed sand will be put on the river
bottom to provide clean habitat for bottom dwelling fish and other river
animals. A 3-acre oyster reef will also be restored at the site which
will complement the clean river bottom.
"This is tremendous progress toward addressing our No. 1 challenge -
contaminated sediments in the river bottom," said Marjorie Mayfield
Jackson, Executive Director. "Without addressing toxics in the river
bottom, the rest of the river will not be able to recover."
During Phase 2, conducted as a pilot project in 2009, partners removed a
smaller amount of contamination, coupled with restoring clean sand and
creating a large restoring wetland. Already, results are highly
encouraging, with PAH levels reduced dramatically and 17 species of fish
found to have returned. Scientists even have spotted bald eagles in the
More clean up challenges remain for the Elizabeth, one of the most
polluted rivers on the East Coast.
Help us make restoration a reality!
Become a member
Elizabeth River Project today. We invite you especially to consider the
new Mummichog Society. Named for the mummichog indicator species that
has shown high cancer rates associated with PAH, the Society recognizes
our top donors to river restoration at the level of $2,500 or more for
individuals and $5,000 or more for organizations.
Read more here
contact Caitlin Kilpatrick,
, 399-7487, for how you can help.