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December 2010 News

RRBC Offers New Blog for the New Year
The Commission now has a blog for weekly updates of RRBC activities and related watershed events. You can sign up to receive these updates by RSS or email to your Inbox. As always, if you are interested in meeting materials for a past or upcoming RRBC meeting, they are posted on RRBC's website.

Greene County and the RRBC:
Partners for Better Management of Stormwater

With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, RRBC is working with Greene County to promote stormwater management best practices at school campuses and at the Community Park. On September 12, Greene County hosted the first Park Festival, with hands-on learning stations on how to keep streams healthy and ways that natural landscaping at the Park can provide stormwater management and natural settings for exploration and fun. RRBC project partner, the Center for Watershed Protection, has completed a study that identifies and prioritizes school and public building sites that would benefit from upgraded stormwater management. This study will be presented to elected officials early in 2011. RRBC has also completed a similar study for Fluvanna County.

The Bay TMDL: Piedmont Regional Pilot Project
Pilot Project partners (RRBC, Thomas Jefferson SWCD, Culpeper SWCD, and TJPDC) held a series of focus groups during the 2010 fall season with farmers, builders, local governments, and NPDES permit holders. Designed to provide accurate information about the Bay TMDL process, these meetings were also an opportunity for participants to express their concerns about how the Bay TMDL will affect them. Most participants favored working together to develop the "Phase II watershed implementation plans" to reach the target pollution reduction goals for nutrients and sediment that will be allocated to each jurisdiction in 2011. Project partners are seeking funding and meeting with state agencies to encourage the development of locally-developed watershed implementation plans. The Piedmont Regional Pilot Project REPORT will be available in early January 2011.

What does the Rivanna River Basin Commission do?
The Commission provides guidance for the stewardship of the water and natural resources of the Rivanna River Basin and promote activities by local, state, and federal governments, and by individuals, that foster resource stewardship for the environmental and economic health of the Basin § 62.1-69.46. Though the Commission's mission is defined by Virginia statute, as with all new organizations it needs a plan to be effective in accomplishing its goals. With the help of facilitators from Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, the Commission and its Technical Advisory Committee are developing a plan that will guide the work of RRBC over the next several years. The plan will be completed by early spring 2011.

New Faces at the RRBC
Ms. Nicola McGoff came to RRBC's Program Coordinator position in July 2010 with a wealth of wetland and riparian research experience. Nicola has a Masters in Environmental Sciences from Environmental recently worked for The Nature Conservancy in Virginia as a stream restoration assistant for the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund.  
Mr.Scott Kaiser, first year graduate student in Urban and Environmental Planning at UVa, has been helping the Commission by preparing a study of other mid-Atlantic basin commissions.

RRBC Looking for Volunteers and Interns
RRBC is seeking student interns and citizen volunteers to help with a variety of projects and tasks. Please spread the word or check here for details.
Upcoming Meetings

RRBC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
January 25, 2011
9 am - 12 noon

RRBC Meeting
February 14, 2011
12 pm - 2 pm

RRBC Meeting
April 11, 2011
12 pm - 2 pm

What's New?
RRBC reports to Bay Program's Principal Staff Committee on Pilot Project
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