What We Do
The Living River Trust is the first mitigation tool of
its kind in the United States to be approved by the
federal government for compensation of impacts to the
bottom of a waterway.
The Living River Trust meets developers’ needs to offset
environmental impacts to the Elizabeth River watershed —
particularly impacts to life along the river bottom (benthic
Funds are used to offset impacts that cannot be avoided,
by achieving as many benefits as possible to the
Elizabeth River ecosystem. Currently, funds primarily
are expended for projects that clean up contaminated
river bottom. This compensates off-site for harm to
healthy river bottom when
permittees conduct new
dredging or filling projects for which government
agencies require mitigation.
Use of the Trust as government sanctioned “mitigation,”
or offsetting of impacts, should be considered only
after every reasonable option has been pursued to avoid
or reduce environmental harm.