Harris Wheeler and Joel Koci stand in a small portion of the soil runoff from the site of our Petersburg service project. The landscaping we install will stop that those nutrients and sediment from entering the James River.

The Environmental Institute’s Petersburg Service project is shaping up! We are working with Virginia State University, Lakemont Neighborhood Community Project, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and others to help reduce sediment flowing into the James River.

The importance of reducing sediment was underscored in today’s USGS report: Updated 2020 Nutrient and Suspended-Sediment Trends for the Nine Major Rivers Entering the Chesapeake Bay.

A table in that report shows the long-term suspended-sediment load in the James River is degrading (as measured at Cartersville).