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Rivanna River
Renaissance Conference

September 28, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Albemarle County Office Building
401 McIntire Rd.

Rivanna Organizations

Rivanna Conservation Society

The Rivanna Conservation Society (RCS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, membership organization, has been conducting public outreach and engagement activities for over 20 years, through public river trips, river clean-ups, and education and restoration events. RCS advocates for policies and practices that will enhance the protection of the Rivanna River and its watershed.


StreamWatch, also a 501(c) organization and now 10 years old, conducts water quality studies and assessments in the Rivanna watershed and relies heavily on trained volunteers to help sample Rivanna streams for aquatic health (checking for macro-invertebrates) and more recently for the presence of bacteria that is harmful to humans. StreamWatch enjoys partnerships with local governments and other groups, including the RRBC and RCS, to encourage the use of its data in sound decision-making. 

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) uses a range of conservation methods tailored to local needs, such as purchasing land, helping willing landowners manage their properties, collaborating with like-minded organizations, and facilitating public-private partnerships. The Nature Conservancy in Virginia has protected more than 220,000 acres of land in the Clinch Valley, Roanoke Headwaters, Virginia Coast Reserve, Piedmont, Allegheny Highlands, Green Sea and Southern Rivers. The Nature Conservancy of Virginia's Piedmont Program facilitated the creation and launch of the Rivanna River Basin Commission by encouraging the legislation that enabled its creation and by providing resources, including significant staff support and targeted fundraising for the RRBC, to provide a foundation for its early work and continues to provide technical guidance and support.

Rivanna Master Naturalists

Based in Charlottesville, the Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists was chartered in June 2006 to serve the Central Piedmont of Virginia. The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The VMN program is organized in chapters that represent geographic areas in Virginia and is overseen by statewide committees. Master Naturalists complete a 40-hour basic training course and, once certified, provide 40 hours of volunteer services back to their community.

Rivanna Trails Foundation

The mission of the Rivanna Trails Foundation (RTF) is to create and protect natural footpaths, which follow the Rivanna River and its tributaries, for the enjoyment of all. RTF incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1992 and to date has completed more than 20 miles of hiking trails, many of which follow tributaries of the Rivanna River.

Piedmont Environmental Council

Safeguarding the landscapes, communities and heritage of the Piedmont by involving citizens in public policy and land conservation, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) has been Connecting people to the lands, communities and heritage of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC's region includes Charlottesville-Albemarle and Greene counties. Programs include: Clean Air and Water, Energy Solutions, Historic, Scenic Landscapes, Thriving Communities, Transportation Solutions, Wildlife Habitat, and Working Farms and Forestlands. PEC produces "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" guides for the Charlottesville area, Loudon County and Northern Piedmont, with partner guides in the Shenandoah Valley and Richmond area.

James River Association

The mission of the James River Association (JRA) is to be guardian of the James River, providing a voice for the river and taking action to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of its natural resources. JRA achieves these goals through four core programs: Watershed Restoration; Education and Outreach; River Advocacy; and the Riverkeeper program, which includes upper and lower James Riverkeepers.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) fights for strong and effective laws and regulations. CBF also works cooperatively with government, business, and citizens in partnerships to protect and restore the Bay. When necessary, we use legal means to force compliance with existing laws. CBF's programs are designed to create a broad, knowledgeable, and active constituency to save the Bay and to achieve measurable results, including: reducing the annual loading of nitrogen to the Bay by 50 percent; reducing the flow of toxic chemicals to the Bay watershed by 25 percent; achieve a tenfold increase in the oyster population, a twofold increase in the blue crab population, and a fivefold increase in the shad population; and reducing the rate of loss of forests, farms, and wetlands by 30 percent, and permanently protecting an additional 5 percent of the watershed through land conservation and improving patterns of growth. CBF has regional offices throughout the Bay, including Richmond, Virginia.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (ACB) is a regional nonprofit organization that builds and fosters partnerships to protect and to restore the Bay and its rivers. The Alliance does not lobby or litigate, but rather works to bridging dialogue between groups that don't see eye-to-eye, forming strategies for joint solutions, and building the capacity of communities for local-level action. The Alliance develops methods and tools for restoration activities and trains citizens to use them; mobilizes decision-makers, stakeholders, and other citizens to learn about Bay issues and participate in resolving them; and provides analysis, information, and evaluation of Bay policies, proposals, and institutions. Founded in 1971, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is funded by individuals, corporations, governments and foundations. The Alliance maintains offices regionally, including Richmond, Virginia.

Virginia Naturally

Virginia Naturally is the official environmental education program for Virginia since 2000. Virginia Naturally serves as a gateway to environmental education resources including volunteer opportunities, classes, community events, watershed maps, and others. As of 2010, Virginia Naturally has over 900 public and private organizations and agencies as partners.


The Rivanna River Basin Commission provides guidance for the stewardship of water and natural resources of the Rivanna River Basin and promotes activities by local, state, and federal governments, and by individuals, that foster resource stewardship for the environmental and economic health of the Basin.

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The Commission has representatives from these jurisdictions and organizations.

Click below for more information about our member partners:

City of Charlottesville

Albemarle County

Fluvanna County

Greene County

Culpeper SWCD

Thomas Jefferson SWCD