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April 2010 News

This e-newsletter is distributed monthly to the citizens of the Rivanna watershed and beyond. If you wish to forward to a friend or unsubscribe, please use the link at the bottom. And, if you have not yet visited our newly launched website, you can find meeting dates and archives, information on current projects, and other information about the Rivanna watershed.

Rivanna Region: Chesapeake Bay TMDL Pilot Project

Based on the recommendation by Virginia DCR, EPA selected the Rivanna region as one of seven pilot projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed designed to engage local governments and organizations in implementing the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (the “pollution diet” for the Bay). RRBC will coordinate the pilot project with its partners, including Culpeper and Thomas Jefferson SWCDs, Thomas Jefferson PDC, The Nature Conservancy, and StreamWatch.  Between now and December 2010, RRBC and its partners will have facilitation support from UVA’s Institute for Environmental Negotiations and technical support from TetraTech.

This local process will encourage stakeholder involvement from all sectors of our community and will help inform DCR in guiding implementation of 
the Bay TMDL once it has been finalized in late 2010. This pilot will give our local governments a head start in planning for the impacts of the Bay TMDL – and the opportunity to identify the gap between what will be necessary to achieve the pollution reduction goals and the resources that will be required to achieve them.

RRBC Launches the Greene County Community Park Stormwater Initiative

With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Rivanna River Basin Commission has been working with its member localities on projects to advance the adoption of innovative stormwater best management practices. In Greene County, runoff from the community park will be reduced by stabilizing critical slopes, installing a large biofilter to capture runoff from the athletic fields, and stabilizing the banks of the receiving tributary, one of the headwater streams of the Rivanna. RRBC asked for assistance from the Rivanna Conservation Society, the local watershed group, to mobilize volunteers for the first of several volunteer workdays at the park. On a recent sunny April morning, Master Naturalists, gardeners, Tree Stewards, Ruritans, and Lions Club members joined Greene County staff to plant 400 trees and shrubs on a slope above the soccer fields.

Future projects around the watershed include monitoring the effectiveness of project biofilters in Greene County and Charlottesville and an engineered wetland in Crozet, VA.  RRBC will also be working with staff from the localities to identify challenges to adopting these practices, which encourage infiltration of rainwater and reduce the volume of pollutant-carrying runoff entering our area streams.
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Comprehensive Watershed Planning for the Rivanna

The RRBC has approved plans to move forward with the development of a comprehensive watershed plan that can serve as a reference for the Commission and its partners working to restore and conserve the natural resources of the watershed. For the last decade, the Rivanna watershed community has been guided largely by recommendations from the 1998 State of the Basin Report (TJPDC),

which included recommendations for the development of comprehensive water quality-monitoring program (now StreamWatch) and a watershed-wide organization to help coordinate and guide policy for the watershed (now the RRBC).

Recent deliberations of RRBC’s Technical Advisory Committee and discussions with leaders of organizations that work in the Rivanna point to the need for a comprehensive watershed plan.  Developing this plan is part of the Commission’s charter, and it will build on the work of the RRBC Technical Advisory Committee, identify existing conditions and future water quality monitoring requirements, and identify conservation priorities and pathways for implementation.

Commission Updates

Dr. David Brown (Charlottesville City Council) has been elected the Chair of the Commission, and Ms. Ann Mallek (Albemarle BOS) elected Vice-chair.  Mr. John Gooch (Fluvanna BOS) is serving as Treasurer of the RRBC. Dr. Liz Palmer has been appointed to the RRBC as the Albemarle County citizen representative .

Upcoming Meetings

RRBC Technical Advisory Committee
May 18, 2010
9 am - 12 noon

RRBC Bi-monthly Meeting
June 14, 2010
12 noon - 2 pm

RRBC Bi-monthly Meeting
August 9, 2010
12 noon - 2 pm

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