|James River Kayaker; Courtesy James River Association|
This serene and bucolic setting belies the statement by Scott Hathaway of Dominion Power that "...it's a river that has an industrial character and has for a long time." That must come as a shock to the countless visitors to Historic Jamestown that are daily directed to stand on its banks and look downstream, whence those first settlers came. It's among the other points raised in an article syndicated by the Associated Press reporting on this question of destroying an important element of our national heritage. As we had previously posted over a year ago, "Can you imagine putting power plant on Plymouth Rock?"
There may be little time to prevent this besmirching of our national heritage, but the opportunity exists and must be immediately acted upon.
The Save the James Alliance (which we have followed in our posts of January 21, 2014, October 2, 2013 and October 14, 2012) has joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation in a coalition taking on Dominion Power and ACOE (which is fast tracking the permit for Dominion). Several senators have weighed in on this, including Dianne Feinstein of California, in support of the Coalition's efforts. As we were advised by Sharee Williamson, Associate General Counsel of NTHP, "The number of comments in opposition really does matter, so for every individual or group that you can encourage to send an independent letter, the more impact there will be." Please be among these.
The Alliance has produced a Fact sheet that frames the issues to help you with your message.
Please send your letters to:
Mr. Randy Steffey
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Norfolk District Office
803 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23501
RE: Dominion Power Surry-Skiffes Creek Project
You can also email your message to Mr. Steffey.
Your message should specifically request that the Army Corps of Engineers deny Dominion Power's application for a Section 404 permit for this project.
Comments can also be posted at the NTHP website's Share Your Story tab.
For more details on how the ACOE must conduct its review for the 404 permit, please go to information offered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Protecting Historic Properties:A CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO SECTION 106 REVIEW
"This proposed project would also compromise the learning experience of thousands of schoolchildren and international and national visitors that annually gain a better understanding of the origins of our nation and the relevance of the archeological discoveries that are made almost daily by the Jamestown Rediscovery Project with the cooperation of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Smithsonian Institution. It would interfere with needed perception and appreciation of the circumstances and situation of our earliest pioneers at the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Their lives, customs, work and religious practices are becoming better known and new stories are unfolding from the relics and artifacts being recovered from that archaeological dig, now ending its second decade.
PLEASE ACT NOW!!!