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December 2012 News

Rivanna Watershed Snapshot Open House
Friday, Dec 7 from 4 - 7 PM

CitySpace on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall
100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot goes public at CitySpace on Friday, December 7, from 4 to 7 PM at an open house being hosted by the Rivanna River Basin Commission. The Snapshot provides an overview of conditions in the Rivanna Watershed, covering a variety of topics ranging including protected lands, recreational opportunities, the health of Rivanna streams, and stormwater management. The Snapshot will go to print shortly after the Open House and will be used in a series of open houses that RRBC will host around the watershed in January 2013. Technical assistance on the protect has been provided by the Center for Watershed Protection, through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Problems with Excessive Bacteria in Rivanna Waterways
RRBC has received funding from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation through a joint collaboration grant to StreamWatch, the Rivanna Conservation Society, and RRBC to focus on bacteria contamination in the Rivanna watershed. According to the 2010 Department of Water Quality (DEQ) assessment, 123 miles of streams in the watershed are impaired by E. coli or fecal coliform, both of which are indicators of bacterial contamination. RRBC is providing technical and educational materials for local governing bodies on the public health implications of bacterial impairments in the watershed.

Cleaning up Bacterial Pollution in the Moores Creek Watershed
RRBC continues to work with the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (TJSWCD), in tackling the problem of bacterial pollution in the Moores Creek watershed. Bacteria pollution in the watershed comes from a variety of sources, including wastes from pets, livestock, humans, and wildlife. Significant cost-share money is available for residents and landowners in the Moores Creek watershed to pump out, repair, and replace septic systems and to assist with livestock exclusion fencing and other water quality protection activities. Another partner, the Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership, is connecting with pet owners to encourage proper disposal of pet wastes and the use of pet waste composters, which can be subsidized through grant funding. RRBC continues to ensure coordination between the various watershed planning and clean-up efforts that address not only bacteria but also excessive sediment.

RRBC Welcomes New Staff
Jed Grubbs has joined the RRBC staff as Program Assistant and GIS Specialist after serving as an intern to the RRBC this fall. Jed has a masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and certificates in Watershed Management and Geospatial Information Technologies. Jed is increasing RRBC's capacity in geospatial analysis with a recent grant from geographic information system software developer, ESRI. He will also assume RRBC office responsibilities while Jessica Lassetter is out on maternity leave.

Keeping in Touch
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Upcoming Meetings

Rivanna Snapshot Open House
December 7, 2012
4 pm - 7 pm

RRBC Meeting
December 10, 2012
12 pm - 2 pm

RRBC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
January 15, 2013
10 am - 12 pm

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