Monday, August 29, 2016

James River Regional Cleanup is Sept. 10

The river needs you!

Register for the annual James River Regional Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join hundreds of other volunteers at cleanup sites from Appomattox to Newport News. Lunch is provided for those registered in advance.

Sites with the highest volunteer needs:

  • Manchester
  • Bellemeade
  • Patton Park in Petersburg
  • Ragged Island, Isle of Wight
  • Falling Creek Reservoir

Register here:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Riverfront Plan, Downriver Portion Plan Would Like Comments by Aug. 31

Following the public input meeting on March 3, Hargreaves Associates, the riverfront planning consultant, developed options that would respond to the public's perspective. On Aug. 3, Kirt Rieder of Hargreaves presented three potential paths forward, structured to provide contrast among the three options to generate though responses to the proposed options.

Look at the approaches and provide input on those elements that make the most sense to you, especially given all of the significant investments that have occurred, or will be occurring in the area, including Stone Brewing, BRT, Intermediate Terminal Dock improvements, demolition and clearance of the former Lehigh Cement plant, completion of the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line, Kickstand, and others. Very few of these were on the rader in 2012, so it is a good time to revisit the Riverfront Plan for this area and provide for a Plan Amendment based on all of these changes and the potential they represent for a more cohesive, unified vision of the Downriver area.

The Hargreaves presentation, a very large file that may take several minutes to open, is here.

Forward comments to Kathleen Onufer, copied to Mark Olinger by Aug. 31.

Virginia Trees for Clean Water Request for Proposals Due Sept. 12

Through funds from the United States Forestry Service, Chesapeake Watershed Forestry Program and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Water Quality Improvement Funds, the Virginia Department of Forestry has developed the Virginia Trees for Clean Water program, which is designed to improve water quality across the Commonwealth through on-the-ground efforts to plant trees where they are needed most.

Projects include tree planting activities of all types, such as riparian buffer tree planting, or community and neighborhood tree plantings. Winning proposals will demonstrate the merit of the project and how the trees will be maintained in perpetuity.  The objective is to use on-the-ground accomplishments to obtain clean water across Virginia.  Grant funds will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the project and funding is available on a 50/50 match basis.  In-kind match including volunteer time is permissible. 

Grants are awarded through this program to encourage local government and citizen involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustained canopy cover.  This cycle of grant funds will be used for planting projects occurring in the fall of 2016 or spring of 2017. Please submit your applications by 5 p.m., Monday, September 12, 2016.

OBJECTIVES of Virginia Trees for Clean Water

The specific objectives of the program are to:
·       To plant trees that restore and improve Virginia’s waters for the benefit of current and future citizens of the Commonwealth
·        Achieve long-term improvements in water quality through long-lived tree cover and increased public involvement
·       To raise public awareness about the benefits of planting trees for the health of our streams and rivers

For more information, contact Barbara White, Acting Urban Forestry Coordinator.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Apply for a Tree by Sept. 20

Community Roots – Let’s Plant Some Trees!

Does your yard have an empty space begging for a tree?  
Does you local park need some shade?
Richmond Tree Stewards can help you fill that space.  
Our Community Roots event will offer trees free to home owners and to community organizations (friends of parks groups, schools, etc) in the City of Richmond.  This year, a small variety of native tree species will be offered; some large, some small, some with flowers, some with gorgeous fall colors, but all providing food and habitat to native Virginia wildlife.  

Get our tips for Selecting Trees for Urban Landscapes

Attend our workshop   The Right Tree for Your Place

Home Owners: 

  • We have 100 trees for properties in the City of Richmond.
  • Applications will be available on August 19.
  • Consider attending our The Right Tree for Your Place workshop on August 18.
  • Trees will be delivered to Byrd Park on the morning of Saturday, October 22, and will need to be picked up by the homeowner on that date. We anticipate that most trees will be in 7 gallon pots; some in 3 gallon pots.
  • We will provide you with planting and tree care information, but you are responsible for planting your trees.

Community group applicants:  Click here for details and the application.

All recipients are expected to water the tree for the first 2 growing seasons.  Water is the single most critical factor for the success of newly planted trees in urban areas.
Contact us at with questions.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Landscaping Assistance

Do you live in the Yellow Breeches or James River watershed? Are you thinking about adding some new landscaping to your yard this fall? If so, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is offering assistance as part of its Reduce Your Stormwater program to help homeowners install conservation landscapes and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff and protect local water quality.

For more information and to apply, visit

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Congratulations to the Storm Drain Art Winners!

RVAH20 and the Richmond Department of Public Utilities announced the winners of the 2016 Storm Drain Art Project contest. Out of 55 entries, a panel of judges that included members of the Richmond Public Art Commission and the DPU Stormwater team selected:

"You Drop It, I Drink It" by Abby Klein
"The James" by Nicole Gomez
"Clean through the Drain" by Melissa Geedy
"Endangered" by Alfonso Perez Acosta
"Only Rain the the Drain" by Richard Lucente

All five artists submitted designs that successfully combined artistic elements with the project's suggested themes of "It All Drains to the James," the James River ecosystem and environmental protection.

Voting is now open for the Fan Favorite. Check out the winning designs along Tredegar Street in downtown Richmond and vote for your favorite here by July 31.

To view the winning designs and all the entries, go here.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Recycling Happiness

Effective July 1, 2016, Central Virginia Waste Management is accepting many more items through their curbside and drop-off recycling programs. Those items include plastic containers 1 through 7, lids and caps to plastic containers, water bottles, soft drink bottles, juice and sports drink bottles, mouthwash bottles, ketchup bottles, mustard and salad dressing bottles, vegetable oil bottles, peanut butter jars, jelly, jams and pickle jars, plastic coffee containers, plastic drink mix containers, cake frosting rubs, plastic drinking cups, margarine and butter tubs, plastic flower pots, medicine and pill bottles, and waxy coated cartons for milk, juice, juice boxes, soup, wine, cream, egg substitutes, and cat food boxes.

Just be sure each item is thoroughly rinsed out or run through the dish washer to remove food residue.

Do not recycle pizza boxes! Because of the food residue, those boxes still go in the trash. Also, Styrofoam containers, packing peanuts, and all plastic bags are still not recyclable. Plastic bags should be collected and taken to the recycling bins in grocery and big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart. Stores like Best Buy accept old ink cartridges, and Home Depot can take fluorescent light bulbs.

Here's more tips on how to recycle all sorts of things.