Many river-front property owners are beginning to understand the important role a shoreline plays in the health of a river system. Wetland grasses provide habitat for birds and aquatic creatures, while taking up harmful pollutants that threaten to enter our river’s waters. Marsh sills and rock revetments are hydro-dynamically designed to reduce wave energy and trap harmful sediments that can block out the sunlight for aquatic grasses and smother the critical benthic population struggling to inhabit our river’s bottom.
The Tidal office kicks off a new restoration program this summer: The Homeowner Oyster Monitoring Initiative, or “HOMI”. This program allows individuals to contribute to river restoration as well as water-quality monitoring.
Since the Rainscape Retrofits program first began in November 2011, Friends of the Rappahannock has assisted homeowners in constructing ten projects to help reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on the Rappahannock River. The Rainscape Retrofits program is a cost-sharing partnership between homeowners and FOR staff and volunteers to accomplish that goal. The program has been met with much enthusiasm.