Preservation Funding Allocated for Projects at Historic Jamestowne
The Army Corps of Engineers has approved Dominion Energy's plan to allocate funds to compensate for the negative impacts of constructing a transmission line at America’s Birthplace—Jamestown. The plan includes funds from Dominion Energy for projects at Historic Jamestowne, including shoreline protection of the archaeological site and exhibit development and implementation within the 1617 church foundation in advance of the 2019 Commemoration. The following is a statement from Elizabeth Kostelny, CEO, Preservation Virginia:
“Preservation of the James River at Jamestown has been and continues to be our priority. While these funds will enable some preservation work in the region, no monetary gesture can compensate for the harms caused by this transmission line and the negative impacts it will cause to the visiting public’s experience.”
About James River Legal Advocacy
In August 2017, Preservation Virginia and the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed a lawsuit challenging the federal permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers. The lawsuit aims to ensure that legal, proper and reasonable steps are taken to protect Jamestown, the James River and other significant historic resources threatened by the transmission towers. This lawsuit seeks to require the Army Corps to complete a full evaluation of alternatives to the project by conducting an Environmental Impact Statement that includes a thorough review of the project’s negative impacts.
About Preservation Virginia
Preservation Virginia, a private, non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, has been the steward of Historic Jamestowne since 1893 and launched the archaeological investigation that discovered the 1607 James Fort. The organization is currently examining the 1617 church foundation where the first legislative assembly was held in 1619. For five years, working with a coalition of national, regional, state and local organizations, Preservation Virginia has advocated for alternatives to this harmful project that would harm historic, cultural and scenic resources, including National Park Service units, national landmarks and historic districts.
804-648-1889, ext. 304