The Loth Springs Natural Area project is a joint effort among several City Departments including the City Manager’s Office, Public Works, Planning, and Parks and Recreation. City staff has been working since 2017 to secure funding for the project and, in 2021, preliminary engineering work began.
The project area includes the Loth Springs Natural Area and the AT Hiker Areas on the map above which encompasses roughly 12 acres. The overall concept of the Loth Spring Natural Area project is to create a passive recreation area as a node along the South River Greenway. Benefits include:
Improved greenway user experience by providing a more open and natural section of trail
Enhanced wildlife habitat along the South River
Reduced pollution from stormwater runoff
Funding in the amount of $1.3 Million from the Waynesboro Dupont Settlement has been secured for habitat restoration and water quality improvements on the site. These funds are managed by a group of Federal and State trustees who represent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Natural Resources. Limited local funds are anticipated at this time. Approximately, $190,000 is currently available for design services and engineering for the project. The remaining $1.1Million is earmarked for construction and will be made available once design is complete. Elements of the site construction will include:
Stream Daylighting- This process will open up a stream from the point where the spring water is currently piped underground to the South River
Stormwater practices to remove pollution from the runoff from the existing City storm sewer system that discharges to the river
Relocation of existing fence along the greenway to allow access to the Mill at South River property
Construction is anticipated to begin in the late summer of 2022 and take approximately 1 year to complete. City staff and engineers will look for input during the course of the project development. Please stay tuned to the City website and other platforms for more information on the project.