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VCU receives grant to study runoff

The study is supported by a $59,773 Environmental Protection Agency grant.

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Every rainstorm our gutters and parking lots turn in concrete funnels. The water is channeled of our properties and for the most part sent directly into the James River.

The benefit is safe conditions for moving around our city. The negative is that an important step is skipped.

From VCU News:

“Urban runoff pollution happens where there’s a large rain event,” said Jennifer Ciminelli, research and data coordinator for the Center for Environmental Studies and Rice Rivers Center. “Because this area is so impervious, no water is penetrating through the ground and filtering through the natural processes.”

To address water runoff pollution, VCU’s Center for Environmental Studies will partner with Armstrong High School students on a high-tech project to map an area spanning the Monroe Park and MCV campuses and neighborhoods in between, and develop a green infrastructure plan. The study is supported by a $59,773 Environmental Protection Agency grant.

VCU is the only awardee in Virginia, and one of only 22 nationwide. Greg Garman, Ph.D., director of the center, is principal investigator and Ciminelli is co-PI.

The project will partner with VCU’s Office of Sustainability, Rice Rivers Center and Division of Community Engagement. The neighborhood associations of Carver, Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward, and the Richmond Department of Public Utilities and Richmond Public Arts Commission, will provide support.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation compares our normal city runoff to a gray funnel.

Source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Virginia Business Reporting that the Bally’s Casino No Longer in the Running

There are only two casino options now on the table.

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Caught this news this morning on Virginia Business:

The city of Richmond has cut the $650 million Bally’s casino proposal from consideration, leaving two competitors, the mayor’s office announced Wednesday morning.

The Live! Casino & Hotel proposal by The Cordish Cos. and ONE Casino and Resort, proposed by Radio One Inc., are the only two options now being considered by an evaluation panel named by the city.

“We appreciate Bally’s interest to develop a resort casino project in Richmond,” Leonard Sledge, director of the city’s Department of Economic Development, said in a statement.  “The evaluation panel is no longer considering the Bally’s project or the Parkway Crossings site for a resort casino due to concerns about site access, environmental factors and required approvals from non-city entities that may not be granted or extend the project timeline. We also appreciate the many Richmond citizens who have shared their thoughts throughout this process.”

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Herbs Galore & More at Maymont

Get your tickets now for Herbs Galore & More to be held Saturday, April 24, 8am-3pm.

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Spring is in the air and it’s time to get plants into the dirt. Herbs Galore & More is a great spot kickstart your garden and/or yard.

Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite plant sale! The event will feature extra space between vendors, wide aisles and a spacious layout for a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests.

$7 per person/free for members and children ages 12 and under.
Please purchase your tickets in advance.
Get Your Tickets and More Info Here

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Artisan Market at Eat 66 this Saturday

An out-door, open-air market with live music, wine tasting, local farmers, artisans selling handmade home décor, art, jewelry, apparel, and more.

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JOIN US ON SATURDAYS for our Artisan Market at one of Forest Hill’s Favorite Neighborhood Brunch Spots, Eat 66! Great Brunch, Live Music, Wine Tasting, and Local Farmers & Artisans selling handmade home décor, art, jewelry, apparel, and more! We are an out-door, open-air market. Social distancing will be monitored at all times and All COVID-19 regulations and rules will be enforced and followed. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Come out to safely support our community and shop small! Pet friendly!

VENDORS APPLY HERE: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSf8qHISFqd…/viewform…

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