The Virginia city combined pollution reduction with efforts to revitalize the city and reconnect residents to the water

In the city of Hopewell, Virginia, Mayor Jasmine Gore and stormwater manager Joseph Battiata describe the city's efforts to combine its pollution reduction goals with projects to revitalize the city and make it more livable for its residents. In the 1970s, the city of Hopewell made national headlines after illicit dumping of the toxic pesticide Kepone sickened industrial workers and forced officials to shut down commercial fishing in the James River. Today, however, Hopewell is in the middle of a revitalization that is extending beyond businesses in the heart of the city, in an effort to reconnect residents with their local waters. A new 1,700-foot boardwalk on the Appomattox River—known as the Riverwalk—will eventually extend to the city marina, where it will also connect to a greenway established alongside a stream restoration in a neglected park. That project reduces pollution downstream in the Chesapeake Bay, while also making the outdoors more accessible and the city more livable for its residents. Listen to Mayor Gore and Battiata describe how these projects are helping Hopewell, and the lessons they share for local officials across the Chesapeake watershed.

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Special thanks to
Jasmine Gore and Joseph Battiata



James S. Woodruff

I grew up in Prince George Co. Va., next to Hopewell. Fass brothers fish house went out of business after Kepone. Flounder was $1.89 all you could eat w/ fries and Mmm hushpuppies. But, kepo e killed the industry. Has it come back? Or is it possible. Also, clams like flounder and shrimp was $3.50 ALL YOU COULD EAT. I STILL miss it although I live In Colorado. After church every Sunday that's where we ate--until we burst.

C Russell

Please have safety features installed;
And a sign of risk;
when I was in another town there were two drownings as a fisherperson held tightly to dragging fish.

Donna Newmeyer

Tap Water tastes like feces.
The water has corroded drain to
sink. Think of that and its damage to liver and kidneys. Fix THAT first.

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