Our Rivers: James River, Pagan River, Nansemond River, York River and Hampton River

Our Rivers: James River, Pagan River, Nansemond River, York River and Hampton River

Our rivers mean many things to many people — from recreation to livelihood, the rivers of Hampton Roads shape our lives. The Daily Press presents a five-part series examining our rivers — their essential and changing roles in our daily lives, and the steep challenges we face to preserve their vitality.

From history to industry, the James River defines us

January 10, 2010

From history to industry, the James River defines us

Not being recognized at work can be awkward. There is typically a pause, followed by a stammer, and maybe some blushing. The exchange seldom involves automatic weapons.

Farming legacy and development stand in the Nansemond River's path

10:33 PM EST, January 10, 2010

Farming legacy and development stand in the Nansemond River's path

— Phillip Edwards Jr. stands with his back to the Nansemond River, his eyes fixed on a massive combine that cuts a swath of brown earth.

Battling legacy of pollution on the York River

10:54 PM EST, January 11, 2010

Battling legacy of pollution on the York River

— Maybe it was the training. Maybe it was a loss of appetite. The approaching holidays, perhaps?

Hampton River has taken many twists, turns over last 400 years

11:04 PM EST, January 12, 2010

Hampton River has taken many twists, turns over last 400 years

— The pickup truck pulled to a stop. Its passenger unrolled the window.

Watermen on the Pagan River face up to oysters' decline

10:19 PM EST, January 13, 2010

Watermen on the Pagan River face up to oysters' decline

— Oyster trader Joe Melzer Jr. gets regular visits from the state Department of Health. His business, Pagan River Dockside Seafood Inc., is rarely tagged for a violation.

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