Virginia Field Office
Northeast Region
Dupont-Waynesboro

Map of impacted watershed

Click on map to explore restoration projects

A brief summary of completed or ongoing projects is provided below:



Water Quality Improvements:

    • Soil and Water Conservation Districts have completed or are working on over 50 contracts for stream exclusion or animal waste control projects. Note - The map shows general locations but does not give detailed information about these projects.
    • Augusta County has 2 projects underway (planning/design). See map for more information.
    • Construction of the South Fork Shenandoah River bank stabilization project in Elkton, VA is scheduled for summer 2019. See map for more information.

Land Protection and Habitat Restoration:

    • 84 acres added to Cowbane Wet Prairie Natural Area Preserve (October 2017).
    • 85 acres added to Mount Joy Natural Area Preserve (March 2019).
    • 573 acres acquired as new Virginia Department of Forestry First Mountain State Forest (April 2019). Stay tuned for official announcement regarding the dedication in Fall 2019.
    • Invasive species removed on over 400 acres in Shenandoah National Park at multiple locations and Elk Run Park in Elkton, VA (June - August 2018).
    • Other potential acquisitions are pending.

City of Waynesboro Projects:

    • Planning and design are underway for projects that will have water quality, habitat restoration, and recreational fishing components.

Mussel Restoration:

    • Completed first year of propagation activities at Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center and Virginia Fisheries and Aquatic Wildlife Center. First mussel release is anticipated to occur in fall 2019. Note – release sites are not yet selected. They will be added to map once identified.

 

CASE BACKGROUND:

Mercury from industrial activities at a former E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) facility in Waynesboro, VA, contaminated the South River and South Fork Shenandoah River, impacting fish, wildlife, and their habitats, including over 100 miles of river and associated floodplain and riparian habitat. Recreational fishing opportunities were also impacted from the mercury contamination, due to the fish consumption advisories on the South River and South Fork Shenandoah River.

Natural Resource Trustees, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Commonwealth of Virginia, worked cooperatively with DuPont for over 10 years to study the impacts of mercury on natural resources. Many of the injury studies were published in peer-reviewed literature. In July 2017, the Trustees received a settlement of $42,069,916.78 to address natural resource damages. The funds are being used to implement restoration projects that will benefit the same fish, wildlife, habitat, and human use that were impacted by the mercury release.

Restoration categories include:

  • Water quality and fish habitat restoration, such as agricultural and urban best management practices
  • Freshwater mussel propagation and restoration
  • Neotropical migratory songbird full life cycle restoration
  • Land protection, property acquisition, and recreational and wildlife enhancements
  • Recreational fishing improvement projects and renovation of a Virginia fish hatchery

CASE DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES:

Web updates (February 2017 - April 2018) are archived here:  Archived Web Posts

Restoration:

Settlement:

Other case documents:

Other relevant links:

Remediation activities:

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality:

Virginia Department of Health:

Department of the Interior - Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Program:

Map of impacted watershed

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Last updated: July 30, 2019