From the Times Dispatch article:
Richmond firefighters found the body of Ronda M. Moss, 48, of the 600 block of Robcurn Drive in Henrico, about 2 p.m. Monday near the Mayo Bridge, police said.
On Sunday, witnesses told police they had seen a woman leap from the Lee Bridge about 10:30 p.m., and officers found an unoccupied vehicle on the span.
This morning some people were surprised by this headline in the Times Dispatch: “Application filed for hydroelectric project at Bosher’s Dam”.
If they had attended the author’s talk earlier this week, they might not have been. Tredegar Iron Works and other Richmond industry relied and used hydroelectric power well into the last century.
For myself and perhaps other Oregon Hill residents, this recalls earlier conversations and speculation about riverfront development and ambitions.
Hopefully, regardless of whether the hydroelectric proposal happens or not, it adds on pressure to do something to improve the river’s health and accessibility AS WELL AS forcing Dominion Power to do more with distributed, renewable energy.
Was the City’s utility department authorized to oppose this proposal, submitted in February? And if so, by who?
This also figures into a Kanawha Canal restoration goal that ‘public private partnership’ Venture Richmond unofficially announced earlier this month. I guess the local media is still not ready to report or discuss this yet, but the devil will be in the details- including water levels and water use, recreational opportunities, whether Venture Richmond will respect neighbors’ very reasonable concerns going forward, and costs in relation to other priorities. The City’s Department of Public Utilities manages the Kanawha Canal level as well as the City’s river level. Yes, there’s a Richmond Riverfront Plan, but we all know how these plans are pretty subjective- for example, there’s no Tredegar Green amphitheater in the Plan and there was a previous canal restoration plan that has been thrown aside.
Going back to this hydroelectric proposal, it may be that upriver (and more affluent) neighbors are able to ‘NIMBY‘ it, or maybe the environmental issues with even micro-hydro-electric at this site are too large to overcome, or maybe there is even more interest in the longterm in getting rid of Bosher’s Dam altogether. But the point is, this proposal and others should be part of a more open, public conversation over the future of the James River, local energy/water policy, and our local government.
From FaceBook event page:
Dominion is planning on dumping MILLIONS of gallons of highly toxic coal ash wastewater PER DAY into Virginia’s waterways, including our James River.
More from WTVR news coverage on a previous protest:
The State Water Control Board’s final vote on Thursday, Jan. 14, to grant the utility company the state permit required to pump waste from the coal ash ponds at Bremo Bluff Power Station in Fluvanna, up river of Richmond.
The public forum prior to the permit hearing takes place at the State Water Control Board meeting starting at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at 7870 Villa Park Drive.
James River Park System Belle Isle Hike Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tredegar Parking Area (300 Tredegar Street)
Meet at Tredegar Parking Area. We’ll cross over to Belle Isle and explore the rich history of the island. jamesriverpark.org/calendar/. Contact: Tyler Twyford, 804-687-0701.
James River Parks System Trail Run Every Wednesday and Friday in October, 6-7 a.m., Reedy Creek Parking Lot (4301 Riverside Drive)
Explore the Main Area of James River Park when the warm weather’s at its best- early in the morning. All fitness and ability levels are welcome for these conversation-paced trail runs. Cost: Free! Meeting Location: Reedy Creek Parking Lot, 4301 Riverside Dr., Richmond 23219. jamesriverpark.org/calendar/. Contact: Penelope Davenport, Penelope.Davenport@Richmondgov.com
James River Park System Mountain Bike Mania Every Wednesday in October, 5-7 p.m., Reedy Creek Visitors Center (4301 Riverside Drive)
Come ride bikes in the James River Park Trail System. We have terrain suitable for all skill levels, and bikes to rent to get you out there. Meet at JRPS headquarters to get outfitted before we hit the trails. Our destination will depend on the group’s inclinations. These rides are open to ages 16-99. No prior mountain biking experience is necessary, but you must be comfortable riding a bike. jamesriverpark.org/calendar/. Contact: Penelope Davenport, Penelope.Davenport@Richmondgov.com
James River Park System PSA - Pick up Your Trash! from Max Posner on Vimeo.
A message from James River Park System Superintendent, Nathan Burrell on the importance of picking up the trash you bring into the JRPS.
Please pack out what you pack in to The James River Park System.
Don't trash our treasure!
Brought to you by The James River Outdoor Coalition.
…same goes for Oregon Hill. Resident or visitor, please pick up your trash!
“Why Richmond Why?!?” column in Times Dispatch mentions parking concerns along riverfront:
“Burrell said that while we all love the James River Park, there are times of the year where the park may be reaching its “carrying capacity.”
I’ve spent a lot of time in the park on those busiest days. I’ve seen motorists wait in line for 20 to 30 minutes to get into the parking lot at Pony Pasture. I’ve seen motorists overflow parking into the Oregon Hill and Spring Hill neighborhoods to get to Belle Isle. Friends who live near Reedy Creek and 42nd Street have lamented the overflow parking in their neighborhood streets, including people trashing yards with empties and untimely potty breaks.
It’s not free to attend, but there is a meeting this Wednesday by the Urban Land Institute that is focusing on riverfront connections.
How should Richmond take advantage of the opportunities that the James River offers? What types of infrastructure is necessary to encourage interaction with the James? What progress has already been made?
Join ULI and it’s Young Leader’s Group for a panel-led discussion that will highlight projects that encourage Richmond to engage with the James River. Our distinguished panel will provide commentary on the progress that has been made along Richmond’s Riverfront and will discuss the vision for the future.
Note that it is being moderated by Lucy Meade of Venture Richmond. Can we really expect the public interests to be adequately represented at this meeting?
From Friends of James River Park:
Plan to join the Friends for the annual Winter Solstice Celebration! Meet at the base of the footbridge on Belle Isle 12/21/14 at 5:30 pm to share an evening of cookies, cider, caroling and camaraderie beside a roaring bonfire. All are welcome!
Speaking of love, neighbor Charles Pool sent this photo in:
“I love this little heart shaped island that you can see from the Belle Isle walkway.”