Reedy Creek Coalition offers alternative to City’s Reedy Creek restoration plan

The city will be showing off their plan tonight, Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Old Stone House in Forest Hill Park.

The full plan and the reasoning behind the plan can be find at the Reedy Creek Coalition website.

Moving Forward: Let’s work together on projects we all agree on

  • Stream condition assessment (Reedy Creek Coalition has already gathered a lot of relevant data and is in the process of summarizing it.)
  • Comprehensive watershed plan for Reedy Creek
  • Green infrastructure projects at schools, Forest Hill Park, and other city properties
  • Make Reedy Creek a model for watershed restoration (use BMPs for tours and outreach, pilot new programs and approaches for stormwater reduction).
  • Pilot a cost-share program for residential properties, churches, and perhaps commercial properties.
  • Investigate the possibility of obtaining Chesapeake Bay TMDL credits for Forest Hill Park Lake and initiate a regular dredging program as originally promised by city staff.
  • Delay the currently proposed stream restoration project and use the city portion of the money to carry out the green infrastructure projects we agree on during the next 3 years. Perhaps some of the DEQ grant money could be used for green infrastructure projects. If not, the DEQ portion could be matched through grants to non-profit collaborators, volunteer time, cost-share program, and other city departments involved in green infrastructure projects (e.g. Richmond Public Schools, Department of Public Works, Richmond Recreation, Parks, and Community Facilities).
  • No proposals for stream restoration in Reedy Creek for the next 8 years during which time a stream condition assessment study and comprehensive watershed plan are completed.
  • Create a “balanced” Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan that focuses on watershed restoration with a focus on reducing storm water run-off.

The city will be showing off their plan tonight, Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Old Stone House in Forest Hill Park.

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  1. HowieC on said:

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Seems like every one of the City’s “public meetings” only get a few hours advance notice; hard to believe it is not an attempt to minimize public participation in the process.

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