Who We Are

The Living River Trust began when The Elizabeth River Project recognized a need for more mitigation alternatives to offset impacts to the Elizabeth River bottom.


The Trust was established in 2004 (as the Elizabeth River Restoration Trust) when the Norfolk District of the Corps of Engineers and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, along with the Trust’s independent board, reached agreement on operating guidelines. The Elizabeth River Project helped set up the Trust and is providing contracted support, as needed, for start-up projects.


The Living River Trust is governed by its own Board of Trustees and has a long-term goal of establishing its own support services.


 In 2010, the Trust added a second focus, becoming the only locally based land trust in the Elizabeth River watershed. Our niche is smaller urban parcels that may not be of value to state and national land trusts. In our urban watershed, open space is rare and important!  Contact us to discuss benefits that may be available for long-term conservation of your natural area.


Welcome, John Harbin, new Administrator! The LRRT welcomes our first Administrator. John Harbin is a former principal planner with the City of Chesapeake. Contact him at jharbin@elizabethriver.org, 757-399-7487.

John is a native of Hampton Roads and has worked in a variety of capacities in the environmental field, including consulting, government, and other non-profit organizations. He has a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy from Virginia Tech. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Board of Trustees



Diana Bailey, Retired Chief of Public Affairs, US Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District

Vice Chairman

Bob Hume, Retired Chief Regulatory Branch, US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District


John Randolph Stokes, Esquire


Rob Robins, Senior Vice President, Bay Diesel and Generator



Additional Reading



Jennifer K. Cool, Realtor, BHHS Towne Realty 


Jason Deans, Partner, BDO USA, LLP


John M. Harbin, AICP, Principal Planner, Chesapeake Planning Department


Walter I. Priest, III, Retired NOAA  Restoration Center


Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff, CMF, JD, Director of Policy,

Wetlands Watch


Joseph J. Thomas, COL. USACE (Ret.), Former District Engineer Norfolk District


Matthew Wilbricht, First Vice President, Colliers International Group Incoporated


Edward Wolcott Jr., Esquire

The Living River Restoration Trust

 Living River Restoration Trust, 475 Water St, C103A, Portsmouth, Va,  23704 Contact, John Harbin, 757-399-7487 jharbin@elizabethriver.org

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