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Rivanna River
Renaissance Conference

September 28, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Albemarle County Office Building
401 McIntire Rd.

In the News

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Albemarle water authority endorses funding for river commission, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 19, 2013

The Albemarle County Service Authority says it will support $25,000 in funding for an agency charged with coordinating environmental policies to improve the health of the Rivanna Riverís watershed ... Leslie Middleton, the executive director of the Rivanna River Basin Commission ... said the money would be used for a variety of tasks to help the community comply with the Environmental Protection Agencyís program to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. [read more] [download PDF]

Rivanna River Basin Commission announces restructuring, Fluvanna Review (pg. 8), April 18-24, 2013

The Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC) has announced that it is streamlining its infrastructure and staff to ensure that it will continue to be a positive and effective organization for protecting and restoring the Rivanna River and its watershed.

Leslie Middleton, Executive Director of the RRBC since 2009, said, "Restructuring and working in a more focused and collective way with our important Rivanna partners is the best thing for us to do for the Rivanna in these challenging economic times." [read more / download PDF]

Group Urges Supervisors to Protect Rivanna, The Rural Virginian, April 17, 2013

"For a rural, somewhat-developing county like Fluvanna, [the 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot] should be of great interest, because the more of us start putting straws down into the pretty unconsolidated aquifers that are in Fluvanna ... eventually that's going to start catching up with us," said Middleton. [read more] [download PDF]

River commission restructuring as funding dries up, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 10, 2013

"I am developing a staffing plan and timeline that describes how a limited number of Rivanna River Basin Commission core functions can be maintained until such time that funding can be identified to continue our work," said Leslie Middleton, the agency's executive director. [read more] [download PDF]

3 Groups Working Together to Monitor Bacteria in Rivers, Streams, NBC29, March 21, 2013

A group of environmental organizations wants to protect the Charlottesville-area waterways from harmful bacteria. As the swimming season gets closer, they're working to identify hot spots.

The Rivanna Conservation Society, the Rivanna River Basin Commission and StreamWatch are currently monitoring the bacteria in nearby rivers and streams. They want to make sure the waterways are safe for swimmers, kayakers and fishermen. [read more / link to video]

Rivanna River Design Competition Begins, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 14, 2013

Nearly 400 students from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture will spend the next week re-imagining the Rivanna River corridor from Pen Park to Woolen Mills. They filled the Hunter Smith Band Building on Monday for a lecture kicking off the Rivanna River Vortex design competition...

...[Among other presenters at the kick-off meeting,] Rivanna River Basin Commission executive director Leslie Middleton highlighted the key points of the commission’s Rivanna Watershed Snapshot and reminded students not to overlook the effect on the environment development can have on the river. [read more] [download PDF]


The Rivanna River Basin Commission provides guidance for the stewardship of water and natural resources of the Rivanna River Basin and promotes activities by local, state, and federal governments, and by individuals, that foster resource stewardship for the environmental and economic health of the Basin.

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The Commission has representatives from these jurisdictions and organizations.

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City of Charlottesville

Albemarle County

Fluvanna County

Greene County

Culpeper SWCD

Thomas Jefferson SWCD