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March 2011 News

A Strategic Plan for the Rivanna River Basin Commission
The Commission has finalized its Strategic Plan, outlining the ways that RRBC will work with local governments, SWCDs, and other partners in the region to protect the ecological and economic health of the Rivanna watershed. Thanks to facilitation support from DCR, the Commission and its Technical Advisory Committee worked together since October to define the unique role of the RRBC based on its focus on the watershed. The Commission will be developing with its partners a Rivanna Watershed Action Plan that will identify all current activities and conditions and plan how to protect and maintain a healthy Rivanna River and watershed.

The Bay TMDL: Pilot Project and Phase II
Pilot Project partners (RRBC, Thomas Jefferson SWCD, Culpeper SWCD, and TJPDC) concluded the project with a roundtable discussion on February 16 with farmers, builders, local governments, and NPDES permit holders. The project identified a strong interest in working together locally to craft solutions that will help meet the requirements of the Bay TMDL and local water quality goals. Results from the Pilot Project were presented to EPA and to Virginia DCR and DEQ. DCR is now developing guidelines for the development of Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans. Click here for the Pilot Project final report.

Rainwater Harvesting in Virginia 
RRBC is working with the Virginia Department of Health and other state agencies to craft guidelines suitable for property owners and local health and building inspectors to assess using rainwater harvesting systems for potable and non-potable uses. Along with the Thomas Jefferson SWCD and the City of Charlottesville, RRBC has promoted rainwater harvesting as an important means of managing stormwater runoff and practicing water conservation. Guidelines will be published by VDH this spring.

RRBC Blogs. Do You?
RRBC now publishes a blog with short, time-sensitive 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.

New Faces at the RRBC
Ms. Lauren Ulmer (UVA, 2011) has been a welcome face at the RRBC office, helping staff with recordkeeping and numerous administrative tasks with proficiency and good cheer. Mr. Jim Nix (Charlottesville) is a regular volunteer at RRBC and is compiling all the Rivanna-related reports and studies to help RRBC build its website into a gateway for anyone seeking information about the Rivanna watershed.

RRBC Looking for Volunteers and Interns
RRBC welcomes student interns and citizen volunteers to help with a variety of projects and tasks. Check here for details.
Upcoming Meetings

RRBC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
March 22, 2011
10 am - 12:30 pm

RRBC Meeting
Aopril 11, 2011
12 pm - 2 pm

RRBC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
May 17, 2011
10 am - 12:30 pm

What's New?

Water Quality Studies for
Charlottesville Streams

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