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Teacher Watershed Summit

 

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On October 6, 2009 more than 60 teachers, educators and environmental professionals gathered for the Third RCS Teacher Watershed Summit.  The event, held at City Space on te downtown mall, included a number of outstanding presentations including those of RCS co-founder Steve Pence, Rivana Water & Sewer Authority’s Executive Director Tom Frederick, Gary Fern,Executive Director of the Albemarle County Service Authority,  John Murphy, Executive Director of StreamWatch, Chris French, Virginia Director, Alliance for the Chespeake Bay, Lori Ann Barnett, Albemarle Extension Service and Misty Graves, TeensGIVE.Teachers Lynn Leardi (Jack Jouett) and Jamie Cato (Oakland School) led the Educators Roundtable. 

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Tom Frederick (RWSA)                     Gary Fern (ACSA)
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Old Farm Day

RCS joined in the fun at the October 3, 2009 Old Farm Day, held each year at Pleasant Grove in Palmyra.  As one of the hundreds of exhibitors, RCS concludes its annual drawing for the kayak and a rain barrel – kayak winner Bill Purcell and rain barrel winner Billy Martin.  Special thanks for RCS President Angus Murdoch, former RCS President Jackie Brown and RCS co-founder Roger Black for helping to staff the exhibit and for serving as RCS ambassadors at Old Farm Day. 

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20th Annual Rivanna Clean Up

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Saturday September 26, 2009.  The Rivanna River Clean Up took place in the rain today, with nearly 100 volunteers collecting more than 75 bags of trash, hundreds of pounds of scrap metal and dozens of old tires.  Household debris was the worst offender with diapers, bottles and cans collected by the volunteers who were soaked to the skin by the time the event concluded.  Some on foot, some in boats and kayaks, they came together to help care for the Rivanna and to demonstrate their commitment to a clean river.  Madison House, Hot Cakes restaurant and the scouts had teams of volunteers who were there to assure the success of the event. This is the 20th Annual Clean Up sponsored by the Rivanna Conservation Society. 

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Collected Trash Yuck!
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Matthew and Company Madison House Team

RCS Annual Meeting

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September 12 – RCS held its 2009 Annual Meeting at the Charlottesville Design Center with members and speakers coming from throughout the watershed to hear about the activities of the major jurisdictions.  In advance of the formal presentations the organization elected its 2009 – 1010 officers and board members, received the reports of its President Angus Murdoch, Vice President Tatyanna Patten, Secretary Tim SanJule, Treasurer Jim Cato and Executive Director Robbi Savage.  Formal presentations began with Tom Frederick, Executive Director of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority who talked about the upgrades to the Moore’s Creek system, the use of methane gas generated from wastewater treatment processes for energy use.  Mr. Frederick also talked about the water supply plan and the reports that are being generated by a team of experts and a number of contractors.  Mark Graham, County of Albemarle  talked about the recent updates to the water ordinances, the implications of funding cutbacks and what will be expected from local governments when the State Stormwater Regulations are enacted.  Cabell Lawton, County Administrator for Fluvanna told the participants about the new energy conservation programs being untaken in Fluvanna and the “Solar House” that was constructed at the new library that offers the young people the opportunity to see how energy conservation can work effectively.  Lawton also talked about the environmental innovations being installed at the new Fluvanna County High School which will be completed in 2011.  Lawton shared Mr. Graham’s concern over the funding cutbacks and the import of the new stormwater regulations. The City of Charlottesville provided a written report that highlighted the Meadow Creek Stream Restoration Project, the Water Resources Protection Program, the Charlottesville High School Stormwater Retrofit Project and the Charlottesville Transit Service Operations Center Rainwater Harvesting System.

 

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On Sunday April 26, 2009 more than 20 Girl Scouts, family members and friends gathered at Preddy Creek (at the one lane bridge) for an afternoon river clean up.  The Clean Up was facilitated by the Rivanna Conservation Society.  RCS provided a sea kayak for hauling and transporting the trash from the creek.  The Girl Scout Troops Troop 32, 785, and 2034 pulled old tires, used batteries, wheel rims, 3 street signs and lots of bottles, cans and other debris from this lovely little body of water.  RCS also providing training so that the Scouts could conduct water quality monitoring for the four basic parameters of pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen and turbidity (clarity) Thanks are extended to Debbie Perez Reyes for coordinating this event for the Troops and to Deana and Joe Nolan for allowing access to their property and for hauling out the trash.

 

Rivanna River Sojourn

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More than 60 paddlers spent Sunday April 19 on the Rivanna as a part of the Second Annual Rivanna River Sojourn.  RCS, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports and the County of Fluvanna joined together to host the event.  The Sojourners met at the Heritage Trail Park where the safety briefing took place.  Then with the canoes and kayaks loaded on the trailers the group board the Fluvanna County Bus heading for Milton/Shadwell.  There the group was greeted by the UVA Sailing Club.  What a wonderful gift to have these UVA students haul the boats and gear down to the River.  The Sojourners paddled more than 10 miles to Crofton where they joined with the Mini Sojourners for lunch before heading down river to the DGIF boat launch in Palmyra.  After a short walk back to the Heritage Trail Park, the Sojourners had a party, with dinner, music and prizes. Ethan Bradley won a prize for the most trash collected, follow by John Grubb and Chris Yates, who also collected a lot of trash.

Kudos to the Oakland School and STARS kids for their strong showing on the river and for the fun they shared with all of us.

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The Rivanna Conservation Society, Glenmore Country Club, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the County of Albemarle, the VA Department of the Forestry, the Department of Recreation and Conservation  joined together to sponsor Rivanna Conservation Day.  More than 150 volunteers came out on March 22 to plant more than 2000 trees along 15 acres next to the Rivanna River. All participants received a Rivanna Conservation Day T-Shirt and a sapling to plant at home.

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 For more information contact RCS at 434 97 RIVER (977 4837 or email us at rcs@rivannariver.org