Setting the coordinates: A living shoreline for the Pamunkey


[Images of the shoreline on the
Pamunkey Reservation.] [Scott Hardaway] We got together with
some folks a year, a year-and-a-half ago, and they had concerns about erosion, and we came out here and they showed us
this and the other spot, and we said ‘We can design a sill or something of that nature, plant some
grasses.’ He said, ‘Fine,’ so we got a grant
for it. Sand will be brought in here, up to
about the edge right there, and we’ll be planting two types of
grasses, a low-marsh and a high-marsh. [Donna Milligan uses a geo-positioning
device to mark the edge of the sill.] [Donna Milligan] What we do on the design, there’s the outside edge. When they come in here to build these,
these will be the outside edge of the
structures. They’ll build them from here landward. [Donna Milligan drives a metal rod to mark
the edge of the sill.] [Scott Hardaway] The Corps of Engineers
has, in this area, Southeastern Virginia, a low and intermediate, in 2050, about a
foot and two feet above today. So, that’s not too far off. They pay more attention to the tide
data now. They used to worry about it every
19 years. Now it’s like every 19 months. See where it’s black. We’re going to put
some heavier rock right up against
that bank, there, because the road is right there. Then this will be sand, and this will
be rock. That’s existing marsh, which we are
not impacting. Well, the archaeologists, I met them out
here, and there’s stuff all over
the place, you know. Indian artifacts for the most part. I think there’s pottery, and other things
of that nature. We did a similar project on Jamestowne
Island years ago with the Corps, and it was cheaper to stop the erosion
than to do the archaeology. [Donna Milligan and Scott Hardaway
drive more rods into the river’s bottom.]