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Chickahominy Riverfront Park Living Shoreline

Helping stabilize the shorelines along the Chickahominy River

  • 2,112

    Linear Feet

  • $782K

    In Grant Funding

  • James City County, Virginia

    James City County, Virginia

Improving the water quality of the river and protecting a local park

When their park shorelines were eroding and limiting the ability for residents to enjoy recreational opportunities along the waterfront, James City County (JCC), Virginia turned to our team for help. Our job? To stabilize the shorelines along the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek.

Our work began in 2014 as part of JCC’s park master planning. We assessed shoreline stabilization options at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. This assessment helped JCC to identify an alternative for implementation. Following this, our engineers helped JCC receive a grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (nearly $800,000) for the project to be matched 1:1 by the County, funding the project. Our team then provided final living shoreline design plans incorporating rock marsh sills and beach nourishment, along with marsh creation and plantings.

Through innovative approaches, we were able to analyze and document the nutrient reductions from the shoreline improvements and concurrently help with overall stormwater compliance for JCC’s MS4 permit. Upon completion, this project received “The Best New Environmental Sustainability Award” from the Virginia Recreation & Park Society.

At a Glance

  • James City County, Virginia
Virginia Recreation & Park Society, The Best New Environmental Sustainability Award, 2022
Meet Our Team

Jay Johnstone, Water Resources Engineer

Community-centered environmental solutions for an ever-changing landscape—we’re proud of the work we do in the places that we call home.

Daniel Proctor, Principal

I’m an engineer not only to help the environment and solve problems, but also to care for my community, clients, and teammates.

Andrew Tiefenback, Civil Engineer

I enjoy combining what I’ve learned in various fields to creatively solve water resources challenges—for a positive environmental impact.

Jay Johnstone

Water Resources Engineer

Daniel Proctor


Andrew Tiefenback

Civil Engineer

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