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Rivanna River
Renaissance Conference

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

Rivanna Snapshot

The 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot provides an overview of existing conditions in the Rivanna watershed - from water quality to recreation access; from conservation lands to overall watershed health. The Snapshot will provide the foundation for building the Action Plan, a roadmap and toolkit for local governments, agencies, individuals, and watershed partners to work together more effectively towards our mutual goal of a healthy river and watershed system.

2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot 1.8 MB
2012 Rivanna Waterhsed Snapshot (hyperlinked) 1.9 MB

Cover Page 428 KB
p1 Welcome to the Rivanna Watershed 201 KB
p2 Our Watershed is Unique 414 KB
p3 Enjoying Our Watershed 525 KB
p4 Our Water Budget 382 KB
p5 Living in Our Watershed 521 KB
p6 The Health of Our Waters 631 KB
p7 Protecting Our Watershed 503 KB
p8 Managing Our Resources 551 KB
p9 The Future of Our Watershed 413 KB
p10 A Roadmap and Tools for Working Together 386 KB
Back Page 351 KB

If you would like a hard copy of the 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot, please contact the Rivanna River Basin Commission at (434) 971-7722 or by emailing admin@rivannariverbasin.org.

In 2014 RRBC completed the Snapshot Technical Report. The technical report lays out the methodology used in creating the facts and figures in the Snapshot. The Report and it's appendixes can be accessed below. Hard copies are available upon request.

2012 RRBC Snapshot Technical Report 1.55 MB
2012 RRBC Snapshot Technical Report Appendix 569 KB

Snapping turtle image available from USGS (http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/posters/Herpetology/Snapping_Turtles/snapping_turtles.html).

The Rivanna Snapshot's project mascot is "Snappy," the eastern snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine serpentina). The snapping turtle inhabits ponds, streams, rivers, and swamps throughout Virginia. Like its ancestor of 215 million years ago, the eastern snapping turtle is unable to pull its head and legs into its shell for protection or to hide. In order to develop a plan, we must first take the pulse of the watershed and evaluate the "existing conditions" with clear and open eyes, much like the snapping turtle.

For more information please contact the RRBC at admin@rivannariverbasin.org or 434-979-7310 x320.

This project is made possible by funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through a Technical Assistance to Local Governments grant to RRBC's technical assistance provider, the Center for Watershed Protection. Mapping and spatial data software for the project was made available to the RRBC through an ESRI Conservation Program grant.


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.

Localities Greene Map Albemarle Map Charlottesville Map Fluvanna Map

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