Stimulus Funding Saves D.C. Area Jobs and Potomac Shoreline at Piscataway Park

Oct 06, 2010, 08:00 ET from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from ,Alice Ferguson Foundation

-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Joins the Alice Ferguson Foundation, NOAA and NPS in Celebrating Success of Shoreline Restoration Project-

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

EVENT:

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Park Service (NPS) will come together, alongside Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other congressional, state and local leaders, concerned citizens and school groups to celebrate the nearly completed restoration of 2,800 feet of the Potomac River shoreline. The site lies within visible range of the nation's capital and can serve as a model example of innovative solutions to a number of shoreline erosion, development and protection issues.

Coverage opportunities include, among others:

  • House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
  • Tracy Bowen, Executive Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • John Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
  • Other present congressional, state and local leaders

WHAT:

Just a short time ago, a pristine stretch of the Potomac River in Piscataway Park (in Maryland's Prince George's County) was eroding rapidly and at significant risk for complete loss, compromising breeding grounds, shoreline wave protection, area burial grounds, and local environmental education jobs. With funds made possible from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this $1.1M shoreline restoration project was one of only 50 selected from over 800 applications received by NOAA and features the use of new restoration technology. Implementation helped to sustain more than 30 local jobs and directly benefited several area businesses that were at serious risk.  This restoration made it possible for AFF to continue its environmental education program at the Hard Bargain Farm, enabling urban and at-risk students to experience nature.  Through this unique program, students learn how to canoe – an activity that most have never had the opportunity to do. Thousands of school children visit the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center each year and virtually all of them visit Piscataway Park along the shoreline and across the wetlands. Without this restoration project – which enhanced AFF's educational use of this area and helped protect the boardwalk from damage – this program might have been lost.

WHEN:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

WHERE:

Alice Ferguson Foundation's Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center

2301 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD, 20607, Lower entrance to HBF

For directions, please visit http://www.fergusonfoundation.org/directions.shtml

SOURCE House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; Alice Ferguson Foundation