Virginia Capitol Square continues to go green

RICHMOND, VA. (WWBT) - Chunks of pavement and other work is going on right now around the State Capitol and Capitol Square. It's all part of the going green initiative. Soon, part of the area will become a rain garden, an area where rain can collect and go into the ground rather than into the James River.

On this Earth Day, crews continue to pave the way toward the future. The effort will soon make Virginia's Capitol one of the greenest in the nation.

Bert Jones helped spearhead this project. "It really makes me feel great. It's a great opportunity to do the work that needs to be done on Capital Square."

Just a few weeks ago, new steps opened up. Listen to what used to happen. "There was water just cascading down the steps and ultimately to the drains at the bottom," says Jones.

Now, the steps are wider and the water doesn't flow so quickly.

If you take a closer look at the bricks on site, you will see in-between there is a bunch of gravel. The gravel actually helps to capture the water running off these steps so the water ends up going into the ground rather than down into the storm drains.

A few steps away, a new rain garden is under construction. The goal is the same: Stop that storm water runoff.

"When the water runs down from capitol square, it will be able to be captured in the plants in this rain garden," says Jones.

The same work is going on right now in what will soon be known as the garden parking area behind the Capitol.

When all is said and done, this project is expected to reduce water runoff at the State Capitol by 64 percent.

The project at the State Capitol is expected to be complete by the summer of this year.

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