Julien Robert Hume III
1952 - 2022
The Living River Trust is saddened to share the news of the passing of Board Treasurer and Mitigation Committee Chair, Bob Hume. Bob’s keen intellect, enthusiastic volunteerism and quiet leadership helped create LRT’s innovative river restoration program, which he led until his passing. Bob will be missed and his countless contributions to LRT will be forever cherished. Mary Ann Saunders, Chair, LRT.
Preserving Land for You in 2022
The Living River Trust is a non-profit working hard each day to protect and preserve the land and water of the Elizabeth River. And we are on a roll in 2022!
We’ve protected environmentally valuable land in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Portsmouth — forever. Not to mention our active work cleaning up the water where we remove pollutants and clean the river bottom with our Paradise Creek project in Portsmouth.
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The Living River Trust was recently awarded a "Giving Back" Award by Coastal Virginia Magazine in recognition of the Trust's outstanding efforts in improving our communities and environment. For example, this 88-acre waterfront parcel will soon to be a community park with water access, boating access, and hiking trails, open to the public. The Trust has led the planning, purchase, and donation of the land for a future park for the use of our communities, while also insuring the beautiful and environmentally important woodlands and wetlands are preserved in the future.
Newton Neck Conserved and
Dedicated to Public Use
An 88-acre waterfront parcel in Chesapeake will be a community park with water access, boating access, and hiking trails, open to the public. The Trust led the planning, purchase, and donation of the land for a future park for the use of our communities, while also insuring the beautiful and environmentally important woodlands and wetlands are preserved in the future.
This project is part of the Living River Trust’s (LRT) work to conserve the “last 10%” of undeveloped land in the environmentally sensitive Elizabeth River Watershed. This now-protected land is referred to as “Newton Neck” is nestled along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, among established neighborhoods, a marina, and industrial uses.
“This land is special; it has never been developed and in its natural state with wetlands, mature woodlands, and a gorgeous waterfront. Conservation is the ultimate protector of the environment and water quality, especially in these largely developed areas” says Liz Friel, the Executive Director of the Living River Trust. MORE
The Living River Trust (LRT) conserves land, mitigates environmental damage, and innovates solutions for public access to the waterways LRT understands the balance between community health, environmental quality, and economic development and creates smart innovative solutions to help the Elizabeth River continue to live and work for our community.
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Bold step forward
First Living River Trust director comes home. MORE
Historic property on Elizabeth River’s Western Branch is
First Conservation Easement in Portsmouth!
The Living River Trust now protects these 5 acres of waterfront land in perpetuity.
Ferry Point Park Officially Open!
The Living River Trust is proud to announce the opening of Ferry Point Park on the Eastern Branch in Virginia Beach. See stories from WVEC, WAVY, and Coastal Virginia Magazine. Click here for opening ceremony pictures and more information!
Conservation for Community Health
What is so special about conserving woods and waterfront lands in their natural state? For one, a single tree produces as much oxygen in a season as ten people inhale in a year. MORE