Grasses for the Masses

Glenn Telfer, Technical Leader for Sustainable Design in our Richmond office, is making a lasting, postive impact by taking part in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Grasses for the Masses program. He is volunteering to grow aquatic grasses from seed and plant them in the Chesapeake Bay. Aquatic grasses are a vital part of the chain of life in the Bay. Also know as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), they provide essential habitat and shelter for the young of many species, including crabs and fish. Without the shelter provided by thick grass beds in shallow waters near the shoreline, the young are exposed to predators. Glenn volunteered to be part of this program because it links with his expertise in stormwater design. “On every project, I design stormwater systems to reduce nutrient pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. Re-establishing the aquatic grass beds also helps to achieve the goal of a cleaner Bay.” Aquatic vegetation...

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CBF and City of Richmond Employ Innovative Approach to Urban Stormwater Runoff

[caption id="attachment_1236" align="alignleft" width="300"] Floating Wetlands located in Baltimore Harbor[/caption] To achieve the goals set forth in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) while minimizing costs, creativity and innovation will be key - launching floating wetlands in our waterways is just one piece to that puzzle.   The City of Richmond is working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the James River Association to identify and plan for cost-effective water quality treatment practices.   Read more about what the City of Richmond is doing to clean up the James and the Chesapeake Bay. http://www.timesdispatch.com/sports/recreation/hiking/outdoors-a-small-victory-in-the-battle-against-urban-runoff/article_276290b7-6745-59c7-911d-67e7293cac51.html [caption id="attachment_1238" align="alignleft" width="300"] Floating wetlands being prepared to "launch" at Bryan Park[/caption]...

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