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Maritime park receives state grant to continue ‘Living Shoreline’ project

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This photo taken at the Deltaville Maritime Museum dock at low tide in September of 2015 shows the Phase 1 shoreline work after 8 years of growth. The marsh grass and other aquatic vegetation seen from the tide line to the tall trees were all planted in 2007. After the shoreline was cleaned, biologs were placed in the area from the water to the bulkhead and vegetation was planted. As seen, the shoreline is resisting erosion and the marine plantings are thriving.

by Bill Powell
President, Deltaville Maritime Museum

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park announced this week the receipt of $15,000 in grant money from the Virginia Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. This money will be used to continue the “Living Shoreline” project started by the museum in 2007. This grant is sometimes called the “License Plate Grant” as it is funded by proceeds from the sale of specialty license plates.

In 2007, with seed money from a $10,500 grant from the Bay Restoration Fund, the maritime park began work on the “Living Shoreline and Buffer Zone Project.” The project’s purpose was to share with residents and visitors the process of expanding a wetlands area and plant a forested buffer zone to protect and improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Phase one of the project was to clean the shoreline of overgrown vegetation, install biologs (Coir logs), add native plants, restore the wetlands and control shoreline erosion. In Phases 2 and 3, an existing pier was refurbished and a new, extended Pierwalk installed with a water walkway viewing the Living Shoreline and boat exhibit area. This was done through the support (volunteer labor, donations, fundraising, etc.) of residents and visitors. The total cost of Phases 2 and 3 was $59,100.

This buffer has assisted in the reduction of erosion, increased shoreline stability, supported wildlife habitat, and improved air quality.

The 150-foot floating pier was installed in 2009. Donated by Norview Marina and Keith Trammell, museum volunteers towed it to the museum and connected it to the Pierwalk.

It was planned to continue the shoreline project in 2012 but the devastating fire of July 2012 put all projects, other than rebuilding, on hold.

The pier and the shoreline have become integral parts of the maritime park’s activities. Thousands of visitors have participated in activities on the pier, viewing the boats on display and the shoreline and buffer since 2008, when the pier was completed. The maritime park is now ready to continue its work on the Living Shoreline and Buffer Zone Project.

As soon as the final permit is in place, weekend volunteer workdays will be announced for the project.

Those wishing to volunteer to help and be contacted on this project can call the museum office (776-7200) to be put on the call list; otherwise watch this paper for announcements.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Citgo Station to get there. The park is open dawn to dusk daily.

To find out everything you need to know about the museum and park, purchase event tickets, donate, volunteer or become a member, visit http://www.deltavillemuseum.com, email , or call 776-7200. The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

posted 06.29.2016

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