We're excited to show off the installation of one our latest projects. The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission initiated the construction project to install a nature-based shoreline protection and habitat restoration solution using Natrx ExoForms along Hog Island in Gloucester County, Virginia which historically has experienced severe erosion. The project aims to protect and enhance maritime habitat for shorebirds and other species, restore oyster populations, and reduce erosion and sedimentation into the Chesapeake Bay. It also aims to protect the residential and commercial properties along Monday Creek and the York River which are currently protected by Hog Island.
The project includes placement of 972 linear feet of large stacked and interlocking Natrx ExoForm units and 122 linear feet of low crested oyster reefs.
This project is administered by the Virginia Middle Peninsula Planning District and funded with a combination of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (@nfwf) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (@NOAA) funds.
Hog Island is also located within the new NOAA Middle Peninsula Habitat Focus Area, a targeted area for habitat restoration which identifies the site as a top priority for Federal Chesapeake Bay habitat restoration activities.
Photos courtesy of Consociate Media