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April 2022


Pellets of carbon will help clean up Paradise Creek – after millions of pounds of historically polluted sediment are dredged


Local nonprofit using carbon pellets to clean up Paradise Creek pollution


Photo by Katherine Hafner. Dave Koubsky of the Living River Trust holds a tube displaying what the bottom of Paradise Creek will look like after the cleanup project, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. It includes a large layer of new, clean sand followed by a layer of activated carbon to absorb lingering chemicals in old, contaminated sediment beneath.

Shoreline Award Makes Front Page!
The Virginian-Pilot has featured our national award for "best shoreline restoration" on page 1!  Read it here.

Paradise Creek Clean Up has begun

Clean up in the news!

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Living River Trust preserves 500 acres of pristine land

On April 10, 2020, the Living River Trust set aside for permanent protection nearly 500 acres of forestland at the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The 500 acres preserved for perpetuity by LRT is a key part of the amazing Dismal Swamp system, a local and national treasure. The land is at the northern edge of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and will be incorporated into the Refuge. Most of the northern end of the Great Dismal Swamp has been drained and developed; in fact, the 500-acre parcel was once planned for a massive industrial park. This parcel is unspoiled and now preserved forever.

Read the press release here


Ferry Point Park Officially Open!

The Living River Trust is proud to have brokered a new waterfront park in Virginia Beach, protecting nine acres of wetlands and forested shores in perpetuity.  Read the media release here.


Ferry Point Park officially opened to the public on May 8, 2019.  Photos from the ceremony can be found here.  


In preparation, about 100 students from Old Donation School spent Earth Day (April 22, 2019) sprucing up the site (see more photos here).


The Trust raised the funds to purchase the site at 5544 Normandy Avenue in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, which will operate the new park; Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.  

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