Sunday, March 3, 2019

March Newsletter

In this month's issue:
- Monthly Meeting - Barbara Brumbaugh presents on Chesapeake's Water Quality Improvement Plans -  Thursday, March 21
- Adopt-A-Road Cleanup Along Indian River Road, Saturday, March 23
- Adopt-A-Park at Indian River Park, Saturday, April 6
- Aqua Virginia update
- Fieldstone Condo's next to Indian River Park update
- Annual Membership Drive


Monthly Meeting - Barbara Brumbaugh presents on Chesapeake's Water Quality Improvement Plans
Date: Thursday, March 21, 7 pm 
Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, VA


Learn about what the City of Chesapeake is doing to improve the quality of our waterways in this presentation with Chesapeake's Environmental Program Manager Barbara Brumbaugh

We will also have a short business meeting to approve our 2019-2020 budget.  There will be light refreshments and door prizes after the meeting.


Adopt-A-Road Cleanup along Indian River Road /Community Cleanup
Date: Saturday, March 23, 9 am to 11 am
Location: Post Office side parking lot at 3810 Indian River Rd

We need your help for our quarterly cleanup.   Join us for a few hours to clean up the mile of Indian River Road from the city limits at Wingfield Avenue all the way to MacDonald Road. We are also asking all business owners along Indian River Road - and everywhere really - to make sure they sweep up in front of their storefronts as part of the effort.   And if you can't make it out for our organized cleanup please take 15 minutes and clean up the street and ditches in front of your home; pass the word to your neighbors!

For our main cleanup on Indian River Road, the city will provide garbage bags and orange safety vests. We'll have water and snacks available. Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves and other items that may be useful. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.


Adopt-A-Park Cleanup at Indian River Park
Date: Saturday, April 6, 9 am to Noon
Location: Indian River Park, 2001 Rokeby Ave.

We'll be tending to the native plant garden at the park entrance.  Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves. If you can, bring shovels, rakes, pruners, saws and other gardening tools. We can use some wheel barrows to move mulch if you can bring one.  We will have water and lots of snacks. (We also always encourage folks to bring their own water in reusable bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles).   Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.


Other News

Mark your calendars for the 2019 BioBlitz at Indian River Park on Saturday, May 18th.  On that day we'll have a series of guided walks to search for birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, butterflies, as well as trees and plants.  This will be a fun family event!

The Aqua Virginia acquisition by the City of Chesapeake continues to be on track.  On February 15, the State Corporation Commission (SCC) staff recommended approval of the proposed transfer of utility assets from Aqua Virginia, Inc. to the City of Chesapeake. Based on the comments that were received during the comment period, it is likely that the SCC will approve the transfer.  The Closing of the sale between Aqua and the City shall take place within 35 days of that approval.


The large condo development - Fieldstone Condos - planned adjacent to Indian River Park submitted a revised preliminary site plan to the City last month.  The landscaping plan has not been submitted and we can't gauge whether the site meets the requirement for establish, at tree maturity, a tree canopy totaling a minimum of 15% of the site's area.  https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofIndianRiver/posts/2221859181212754


During our Great Backyard Bird Count hike we identified 25 species of birds around the lake by Indian River High School.   You can find some of the photos we took at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofIndianRiver/posts/2214148081983864

And thank you to the volunteers who came out for our Adopt-A-Park cleanup at Plymouth "Community" Park on March 2.   On-going volunteer efforts at the park are making a great difference.  If you haven't visited the site, please do.

It is also time for our annual membership drive.  Now is a great time to become a member or renew your membership, or just make a donation online at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/membership.html

Thursday, February 7, 2019

February Newsletter

****** Due to the on-going rain, we are rescheduling the Plymouth Park cleanup to next Saturday, March 2, 9 am to Noon at Plymouth Community Park at 701 Pond Lane (two blocks north of Border Rd) ******


In this month's issue:
- Great Backyard Bird Count Hike - Rescheduled: Sunday, Feb 17
- Monthly Meeting - Justin Shafer presents on Green Infrastructure -  Thursday, Feb 21
- Adopt-A-Park Cleanup At Plymouth Park, Rescheduled: Saturday, Mar 2
- Local Organizations become River Stars




Great Backyard Bird Count Hike at Indian River "Woodland" Lake
Rescheduled: Sunday, February 17, 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Location: Meet at the Indian River Community Center, 2250 Old Greenbrier Rd.

ts the weekend of the Great Backyard Bird Count, a worldwide effort to identify the distribution of birds; as part of this we'll be leading a guided bird walk around the lake between the Indian River Community/Rec Center and the High School. When scouting the site, a variety of birds were spotted including Cormorants, Mallards, Pied-Bill Grebe, Bluebirds, - Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Woodpeckers, and more. We'll have some binoculars and a spotting scope, but do bring your own if you have some!





Monthly Meeting - Justin Shafer presents on Green Infrastructure
Date: Thursday, February 21, 7 pm 
Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, VA


Learn about what is Green Infrastructure and how it can help alleviate flooding and water quality issues in this engaging discussion with Norfolk's Environmental Engineer Justin Shafer

There will be light refreshments and door prizes after the meeting.



Adopt-A-Park Cleanup At Plymouth Park
Rescheduled: Saturday, Mar 2, 9 am to Noon 
Location: Plymouth Community Park at 701 Pond Lane (two blocks north of Border Rd)

Plymouth Community Park is a small waterside park along the Indian River that is in need of some love.   We'll be doing some trash pickup and some pruning and weeding.   Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves, pruners, and loppers that may be useful. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.


Other News



Wickers Crab Pot Seafood, Rivercrest Condos, and (nearby in Virginia Beach) the Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists were local organizations inducted today as new River Star Businesses at the Elizabeth River Project annual recognition luncheon.  Thank you to these establishments for taking the extra steps to be good stewards of our ecosystem!   Read more about these and other River Stars in this week's Inside Business https://pilotonline.com/inside-business/special-reports/elizabeth-river-stars/ 

Thank you to the 11 volunteers who came out to Indian River Park in January for our Adopt-A-Park Ivy Removal. We cleared about 500 sq. ft. of invasive english ivy along the outer loop trail. That filled about 11 big garbage bags.



You can become a member of the Friends of Indian River, renew your membership, or make a donation online at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/membership.html

Thursday, January 3, 2019

January Newsletter and Events

In this month's issue:
- Annual Meeting, Thursday, January 17
- Indian River Park Ivy Pull, Saturday, January 19
- Coal Ash Chronicles Film & Discussion, Wednesday, January 23
- Pine Cone Wreath Making Class, Friday, January 11
- 2019 Highlight Video and Year End Report
- December Update on Aqua Virginia Acquisition


Annual Meeting
Date: Thursday, January 17th, 7 pm
Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Dr.

Join us as we discuss plans and priorities for 2019, hold elections for our officers and board, and discuss plans for coming year. There will be light refreshments and door prizes.


Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Work Day (Invasives/English Ivy Removal)
Date: Saturday, January 19
9 am to Noon

** New location: Meet at the Indian River Park entrance at Paramont Avenue by the Power Lines (by the Ipswich Sign) ~2151 Paramont Ave

We'll be working on invasive plant removal, particularly English Ivy.   Come help us control this scourge. The more volunteers that come out the more that we can accomplish! 

Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves. Bring pruning clippers, loppers, screwdrivers (which are amazingly useful in prying ivy off tree trunks) and/or pruning saws if you have them.  We will have water and lots of snacks. (We also always encourage folks to bring their own water in reusable bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles). Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.


Coal Ash Chronicles Film & Discussion
Date: Wednesday, January 23 at 
6:30 PM – 9 PM
Location: 
Cuffee Community Center, 2019 Windy Rd, Chesapeake, Virginia 23324

Sierra Club, Friends of Indian River, Southern Environmental Law Center, and Potomac Riverkeeper, invite you to come join in on the conversation! There’s coal ash being stored at the Chesapeake Energy Center and buried near residential areas by the Cuffee Community Center. Come out to discuss and learn more about this important issue.

Other News


Come out to the Rokeby Center to learn how to make a Pine Cone Wreath at one of their 55 and Better Programs
Date: Friday , January 11, Time : 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Rokeby Center, 1709 Rokeby Ave, Chesapeake VA 23325
Must pre-register: class limited to 10 persons, aged 55 or better! Sign up at Rokeby Center (or call 757-822-6259)
Cost : free (wire wreath frame, pine cones and bows provided)
Supplies needed: bring any sized bucket and garden gloves

View a one minute highlights video of 2018 and read the Friends' Year End Report at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/2018/12/2018-year-end-report.html

Read the December update on the City's acquisition of the Aqua Virginia Water System in the Indian River Area.  Looks like we're still on track for the purchase to close early in 2019.  https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofIndianRiver/photos/a.123643934367633/2110998682298805
You can become a member of the Friends of Indian River, renew your membership, or make a donation online at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/membership.html