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Copper Creek
The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture cost-share program that allocates financial support to agricultural producers and landowners to implement conservation practices in priority geographic areas. The Copper Creek watershed was selected for the CCPI program because it serves as habitat for numerous threatened and endangered species. Copper Creek is located in the Appalachian region of the country, recognized globally for its biological diversity. More

Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Projects
The Virginia Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program partnered with the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and The Trust for Tomorrow to implement a $4 million coastal resiliency grant in southeast Virginia. The grant supported an adaptation network of related coastal resiliency projects that increased flood storage capacity, restored forested wetlands, and protected public lands in the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. Projects built upon two adjacent Hurricane Sandy resiliency funded sites and together serve as regional models for decision makers in the tidewater cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News; cities with some of the largest rates of sea level rise on the east coast. Project area totals over 3,800 acres. More

Pigg River Restoration at Power Dam
Power Dam is located on the Pigg River outside the Town of Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia. Breached in 2016, the project provides unimpeded movement upstream and downstream and restores instream habitat in this reach of the Pigg River for the federally listed endangered Roanoke logperch, native recreational fish, and state listed aquatic species through creating a notch in Power Dam. More

Southern Tip Ecological Partnership, Phase III
The Southern Tip Ecological Partnership, Phase III (STEP 3) focused on protecting and restoring migratory bird habitat on the Eastern Shore located close to the shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay and seaside coastal bays. The objective was to increase the availability, quality, and security of migratory bird habitat by protecting 772 acres and restoring another 423 acres of habitat. More

Lake Tecumseh
Lake Tecumseh is a shallow 261 acre lake located next to the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For decades, water levels in the lake fluctuated due to wind-driven tides and a man-made canal connecting the lake to Back Bay estuary. Two low weirs placed in canals connecting Lake Tecumseh to Asheville Bridge Canal reduce the release of turbid water from the lake when winds and runoff increase. More

South Martha Washington Wetlands Restoration
Restoration of the South Martha Washington Wetlands in the Great Dismal Swamp greatly enhances conservation by supporting a healthy forest ecosystem for migrating and wintering waterfowl, neotropical migrants, and other migratory and non-migratory waterbirds, as well as several rare or important plants and animals. In addition, aquatic habitats and species downstream will benefit from enhanced water quality, especially during high discharge events. More

Wiley Drive Bridge Replacement Project
The Wiley Drive Bridge Project involved the replacement of a bridge across the Roanoke River in the City of Roanoke, Virginia. The purpose of the project was to restore fish passage, recover habitat for the federally listed endangered Roanoke logperch, facilitate flood flows under the bridge, and enhance access for recreational boaters. More

Wasena Dam Removal
The Wasena Dam Removal Project involved the demolition of a 255-foot long dam across the Roanoke River in Roanoke, Virginia and the relocation of an internal sewer line below the bed of the river. Removal of the dam provided passage for fish and recreational boats, supported endangered species recovery and aquatic habitat restoration, and eliminated a water contamination risk. More

Beaver Run Stream Stabilization Project
Beaver Run is a small stream located in Madison County, Virginia with a drainage area of 1.64 square miles. The stream became unstable due to unmanaged cattle grazing and streambank vegetation removal. Resulting erosion threatened the access road to the farm and several fences. The project included regrading 1,159 linear feet of streambank and relocating 376 linear feet of channel. In addition, 1,785 linear feet of riparian buffer was planted with vegetation and cattle exclusion fencing was installed. More

Veterans Memorial Park Dam Removal Project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the Town of Rocky Mount, in Franklin County, Virginia, removed the Veterans Memorial Park Dam to restore fish passage for the Roanoke logperch, an important activity to aid in recovery of the species. In addition, the project eliminated a safety hazard for recreational boaters as well as anglers. More

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Last updated: August 24, 2018