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.

Additional Reading


John Harbin, AICP



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 serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Board of Trustees



Rob Robins, Senior Vice President, Bay Diesel and Generator


Vice Chairman and Treasurer

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


John Randolph Stokes, Esquire



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

Jennifer K. Cool, Realtor, BHHS Towne Realty 


Jason Deans, Rudee Tours, Signature Management Corp., Apartment Flooring Solutions, LLC

Walter I. Priest, III, Retired NOAA Restoration Center


Mary Ann Saunders, Retired Assistant to the City Manager, Chesapeake, Virginia


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

Wetlands Watch


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


Matthew Wilbricht, Senior Vice President, NAI Dominion


Edward Wolcott Jr., Esquire

The Living River Trust

Living River Trust, 5205 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, Va, 23508 Contact 757-500-4579, jharbin@elizabethriver.org

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