The VCU Rice Center and The Nature Conservancy hosted an event in late September to celebrate the restoration of Kimages Creek.
An earthen dam was breached and spillway removed at this site just upstream from the James River.
Kimages Creek once again flows freely into the James, and fish can migrate upstream to spawn for the first time since the 1920s.
“The project is good for the people of the commonwealth, good for the environment, good for the James River and good for the research mission of the Rice Center.” —Leonard A. Smock, Ph.D., Director , VCU Rice Center
Conservancy staff, VCU faculty, partners, supporters, journalists and dignitaries turned out for the celebration.
“Clean water is essential to our economy, our quality of life and our connection to nature.” —Michael Lipford, Virginia Executive Director
Attendees enjoy the view out over the restored creek.
Virginia Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources Anthony Moore cuts a ribbon symbolically re-opening Kimages Creek.
The Conservancy’s Jovan Dodson explores a natural creek at the Rice Center.
The Rice Center project involves preserving 200 surrounding acres and restoring 70 acres of wetlands.