River Restoration Project Underway

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV) -- It may be beautiful, but the South River is on Virginia's list of impaired waters.

A $164,000 grant and a new plan to restore it will hopefully change that.

Construction is now underway at Ridgeview Park, the first step of a river restoration project expected to last into next fall.

The project will include grading the river banks to help reshape the river, helping keep runoff from entering the river, planting trees and creating habitats for wildlife.

American Rivers gave the grant for the project.

Project manager Trafford McRae said the restoration will go a long way to benefit the city and the river itself. "The South River is a great asset for the city of Waynesboro, and so that's one of the overall things we really want to do is enhance that connection with the South River for Waynesboro. There are also some definite reductions in the amount of pollution that goes into the South River."

McRae says the goal is for the $200,000 project to be done by November 2014.

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