The City of Hopewell is on the verge of a rebirth in terms of clean water and access to the James River. Industrial waste and storm runoff at one time made the James River at Hopewell one of most polluted stretches in the state, but that is changing.
More than 15 officials from Hopewell and other Central Virginia localities cruised the James River as guests of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a guided boat tour yesterday (9/12). The foundation has just engineering a total $315,000 dollar grant to help kick-start a program to tame runoff.
Hopewell’s Joe Battiata says the city is old and the problems go way back. Industrial pollution has been reduced but runoff is everybody’s job.
Wayne Walton is a council member and Chairman of Friends of the Lower Appomattox, who has participated in cleanups and river projects for 15 years, including a river trail.
The event was part of a series of decision makers trips the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Sponsors to give people a chance to see challenges and cleanup efforts first hand.