Projects In Progress

Midfield Wetlands Walk (2016 – present)

Location: 134 Conway Avenue north along community path to 6700 Midfield Road

Objective: Remove invasive plant species from wetlands, meadow and upland forest area following the Midfield Road paper street community path from Conway Ave north to Sir Oliver Road. The Project’s focus areas include:

1) Shoreline removal of invasive non-native Common Reed (Phragmites australis) from the path area along Conway, Dumont and Elwood Avenue shoreline – replanting with native grasses and shrubs to improve the health of the wetlands, enhance the wildlife habitat and increase plant diversity.

2) Removal of invasive shrubs and vines from the Elwood Meadow, and replanting with native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees, to stabilize the meadow area and shoreline and further enhance wildlife and plant species diversity.

3) Removal of invasive trees, shrubs and vines, and ultimately, to modify failing existing hardscape shoreline to natural shoreline in the Fayton Ave/ Sir Oliver Road upland forest area to stabilize wooded shoreline and forest area, renew growth of native species, expand species diversity, and enhance wildlife habitat.

Project began in early 2016, and is on a 3 to 5 year timeline.  Total planned budget for wetlands restoration is $4,800.

Status as of December 2018:

  • Over 10,000 square feet of phragmites have been removed and cleared from an area of 12,000 square feet.
  • Over 2500 plugs of a variety of native grasses and plants have been replanted along the wetlands shoreline and in the meadow area.
  • Spring 2018 plantings included 50 native flowering plants donated by a Lafayette Wetlands Partnership member.
  • With Norfolk City support, in 2018 an additional 30 native shrubs and 9 native trees were planted in the wetland and meadow areas of the Wetlands Walk.
  • As of Dec 2018, approximately 400 volunteer hours have been contributed during 11 work events.

Future plans:

  • The next planting event will be spring 2019, to continue installing additional quanities and diversity of native grasses and flowering perennials.
  • Educational signage is planned to explain the environmental benefits of the native species planted.

Partners:

  • Financial support from LWP, Cromwell Farm/ Ellsworth Civic League and residents, and Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund  ($4,820).
  • Shrubs and trees donated by the City of Norfolk.
  • Flowering plants donated by a private citizen, Member of Lafayette Wetlands Partnership.

Granby Willow Wood Park Shoreline Restoration (2017 – present)

Location: Public greenspace at the corner of Granby Street and the Willow Wood Drive bridge

Objective: Restore an eroded shoreline and install native plants to reduce erosion from rain water runoff

Summary:

During 2018, the Partnership collaborated with several departments within  the City of Norfolk to develop a plan to restore a large section of the park’s shoreline, using the living shoreline technique of bio-logs, sand back fill and replanting with native grasses.

A Joint Permit Application for the living shoreline design was submitted by the City to the permitting agencies and was approved.

In January 2019, the Norfolk Wetlands Board approved $15,000 for the Partnership’s use in procuring the needed supplies and plant materials.

As of December 2018, the following work  has  been conducted:

  • The Partnership conducted three shoreline clean-up events (May 2017, Jan 2018, and March 2018).
  • The City performed extensive survey work at the site (Jan 2018) to inform planning efforts.
  • The City did extensive tree trimming (Feb 2018) along approximately 200 feet of the shoreline, to remove low overhanging limbs that were shading out the existing marsh.
  • The City (RPOS), with participation of Master Gardeners, initiated complementary planning for a landscaped area in the central upland area, intended to slow down and filter storm water runoff (not part of this permit application).

Next Steps: The project will be performed over 2 years, with maintenance and monitoring for the following 3 years. Installation of coir logs (bio-logs), sand and native plants along a 75 foot stretch of shoreline will start in the spring of 2019. A first site preparation work event is scheduled for March 2019, with additional work days scheduled in April and May to install the bio-logs, sand and plants. Check our calendar page for dates & times!