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Dominion Virginia Power Leads Effort To Improve Popular Boat Ramp On The North Fork Of The Shenandoah River



Dominion Virginia Power Leads Effort To Improve Popular Boat Ramp On The North
                         Fork Of The Shenandoah River

-- Warren County, Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, others partner with
Dominion

-- Project protects environment, makes river more accessible, including for
handicapped

-- Total value of volunteer project is $100,000

PR Newswire

FRONT ROYAL, Va., April 11, 2013

FRONT ROYAL, Va., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boaters, canoeists and
kayakers are in for a treat the next time they launch at the Riverton public
boat landing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near this northwestern
Virginia town. Dominion Virginia Power teamed with others to rebuild the
landing's ramp, improve general access and parking, spruce up the river's
overlook park and make it more accessible to the handicapped.

Dominion, which is building the Warren County Power Station two miles down the
road from the landing, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the
completion of the $100,000 revitalization project.

Initiated by Dominion, the project was conceived in partnership with Warren
County, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Shenandoah
Riverkeeper and Zachry Industrial, the lead construction company for the power
station.  

A consortium of 16 companies, businesses and government entities came together
to accomplish the task. This team extended the boat ramp further into the
river and replaced the worn gravel ramp with a 9-inch thick concrete ramp. The
team also built stairs for easier and safer access from the parking lot,
upgraded the nearby picnic area, added two picnic tables, replaced the
outdated information kiosk, added a garbage receptacle and built a location
for a portable restroom.

Volunteers completed the work today by planting native plants, flowers and
shrubs to beautify the area.

"This has been a team effort for the community," said Colin Kelly,
manager-Generation Site Construction for Dominion. "Dominion and our Warren
County Power Station team are proud to have been a part of this successful
collaborative effort. The idea was to make the Riverton Landing a model for
other landings along the Shenandoah River. That goal has been met and
surpassed."

Over a five-month construction period, Zachry and Dominion employees provided
more than 1,000 volunteer hours to complete the work. The total value of the
work, including donations, materials, services and volunteer hours is well
more than $100,000.

Extensive technical resources, labor, materials, equipment and supplies were
donated by Warren County Energy Partners, a joint venture consisting of Zachry
Industrial and Burns & McDonnell.

"We're honored to participate and contribute to the enhancement of a lasting
improvement within the community", said Bruce Beall, project manager for
Zachry Industrial, "Our community investment strategy has always focused on
lending our distinctive time, skills and resources towards upgrading the
infrastructure of the communities we live in and this project afforded a
special opportunity to accomplish this." 

Money for the ramp was provided through a $25,000 grant from the Dominion
Foundation and from Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MPSA) the firm
that built the gas and steam turbine-generators for the power station. Other
companies that contributed money were: Alstom, Burns & McDonnell, DN Tank,
NiSource, Polytech Services, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, TAS, and SPX. 

Kevin Beddard, MPSA's general manager of Projects, Construction and
Commissioning, said, "We would like to thank Dominion for spearheading the
successful revitalization of the Riverton boat landing.  MPSA is honored to be
part of this community effort to provide residents and visitors of Warren
County with improved access to the Shenandoah River."

In addition to the money and volunteer labor, other partners provided
materials or services.  Essroc Ready Mix and its parent company Essroc,
provided more than $25,000 worth of rock and concrete. Other contributors were
COMCAST and Pennoni Engineering.

One of the goals of the project was to ensure that it had a positive impact on
the environment.  To that end, a lot of work was done to reduce the amount of
runoff and silt flowing from the parking lot into the river.

"The two forks of the Shenandoah River offer some of the most beautiful
paddling and boating in the state," said Jeff Kelble of Shenandoah
Riverkeeper. "We have lots of access points to the river but many locations
are in need of a facelift and work to reduce their runoff and impact to the
river.  I'm thankful that Dominion and Zachry took the lead on this project,
which now gives us a model design ensuring the most benefit to the public, to
the river and to future projects."

Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the
nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of
approximately 27,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates one of the
nation's largest natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy
customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the
company's website at www.dom.com. 

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SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power

Website: http://www.dom.com
Contact: Dan Genest, 804-771-6115, dan.genest@dom.com
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