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August 2013 News

A Message from RRBC Chair
In this newsletter, you’ll see some of the ways RRBC has continued to provide important recommendations and guidance regarding the Rivanna River basin.
     Meanwhile, due to funding constraints, RRBC has downsized staff and undertaken measures to ensure the long-term viability of the Commission. We plan to take the next few months to evaluate our successes and challenges in serving our member local governments so that the health of the Rivanna Watershed is a priority in local land use and planning.
    The RRBC Executive Committee will be meeting this summer in preparation for its next meeting on October 22, 2013. Please feel free to be in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns at (434) 589-4839 or mmoss8 [at] centurylink.net.
      Sincerely, Marvin Moss, RRBC Chair

New Administrative Coordinator for RRBC
The RRBC has hired Ms. Melissa Collier as part-time administrative coordinator for the Commission. Melissa is no stranger to the Rivanna watershed, having worked for The Nature Conservancy in Virginia and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. RRBC is fortunate to have her expertise and assistance during the RRBC transition. Melissa is working out of RRBC's new office space at 490 Westfield Road, Charlottesville, and can be reached at (434) 971-7722 or admin [at] rivannariverbasin.org.

RRBC Recommends River Corridor and Watershed Planning to Rivanna Local Governments
RRBC has released a white paper outlining a comprehensive approach to river corridor planning. This document explains the differences between watershed planning and river corridor planning, identifies the stakeholders to involve, and outlines a process for developing the plan. RRBC has sent the white paper to its four member local governments and is encouraging the inclusion of this document in the comprehensive plans of all four local localities. Click HERE for the letter and white paper on watershed/corridor planning.

Rivanna River Basin Foundation
Though many people assume that the RRBC is a “non-profit,” by its legislation, it was created as an “entity of local government without political subdivision status,” which does not qualify RRBC as “tax exempt” by the IRS.
     In order to diversify income sources, several citizens have come together to create the Rivanna River Basin Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, thus enabling private donors to contribute to activities to safeguard the Rivanna through activities of the RRBC and its Rivanna partners. For more information, click HERE.

New Commissioners Join the RRBC
The Rivanna River Basin Commission has welcomed two new members over the last several months: Mr.Rodney Thomas (Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County) and Mr.Rick Randolph (Albemarle County appointed citizen) are now serving on the Commission.

Rivanna Mural Almost Finished
The Charlottesville Mural Project is well underway to completing the Clean Water Rivanna Mural  on the side of a building on 1st St South in Charlottesville right next to the railroad tracks. This public art project, designed by artist Kaki Dimock, honors the 40th year of the Clean Water Act and features the living resources in our watershed.
     Rose Brown (StreamWatch) was the inspiration for the mural, and RRBC, Rivanna Conservation Society and StreamWatch worked with Ross McDermott and Kaki during the design process and promoting the mural via press, outreach and donations. A complete description of the project is HERE.

Watershed Snapshot Distribution Underway
The 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot, a document that outlines the current conditions and water quality and natural resource issues in the Rivanna watershed, is now available online HERE. Watch for the Snapshot Technical Report later in August 2013.

RRBC Discusses Coordination with Rivanna Partners
In May and June 2013, the executive directors of RRBC, RCS, and StreamWatch met on two occasions to clarify roles and identify opportunities for coordinating the projects and communications of each group. These discussions, facilitated by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence were helpful, especially since StreamWatch has recently welcomed David Hannah as its new executive director, and RRBC is undergoing downsizing and a strategic reevaluation.
     Each organization sees the work of the other two as complementary and necessary for effective protection of the Rivanna. Please see this link for descriptions of the roles and activities of each Rivanna focused organization.
Upcoming Meetings

RRBC
October 21, 2013
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

RRBC
December 9, 2013
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

RRBC
February 10, 2014
12:00 pm-2:00 pm




What's New?
RRBC recommends local comprehensive plans include watershed planning


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