Local college students spend Spring Break restoring wetlands

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Posted on March 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 23 at 6:21 AM

NORFOLK -- A group of Virginia Wesleyan students decided spend their Spring Break cleaning up the area's wetlands.

"We thought that being a part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation would be a great way to be involved and be a part of our community," said Katie Rogers, freshman at Virginia Wesleyan.
 
This week's project is wetlands restoration, adjacent to the American Legion Marina at 47th and Colley in Norfolk. They planted pickerel weed, lizard tail, and reed, all in an effort to contain rain water.

"Nobody knows much about them.  Nobody knows what they do, and that's an important part of my life.  I've grown up around wetlands all my life and it's always been important to me," said Virginia Wesleyan senior Melinda Hooper.

A year ago, Highland Park Civic League built up the shoreline until a huge storm rolled in and destroyed much of it.

"30 cubic yards of sand and we lost some of that sand, but what we learned in the process is the lesson that you have to control the storm water runoff in the upland portion of the property and that's what's lead to this rain garden," explained John Stewart, head of the Lafayette Wetlands Project.

Thursday was the fourth straight day the group had been working together.

"The first two days we were doing oyster restoration up at Gloucester Point at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Oyster Restoration Center.  Next day we were at Kiptopeke State Park doing a dune crossing restoration," said Tanner Council of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

 

 

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