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In the News 2012

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Rivanna Watershed Snapshot Shows Progress, Room for Improvement, C-Ville Weekly, December 21, 2012

The Rivanna River was recognized in 2000 as a “national treasure,” and local organizations want the waterway to maintain its value. The Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC)—a regional organization representing Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Green counties, that recommends programs for enhancement of the river and its watershed—recently released the 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot to bring attention to its current condition and encourage future preservation. [read more] [download PDF]

WTJU Radio Program, 'Soundboard,' Interview with Leslie Middleton, Soundboard, December 14, 2012

RRBC's Executive Director was recently interviewed by Soundboard, a collaborative local news radio program by WTJU 91.1 FM, Charlottesville Tomorrow, and C-Ville Weekly. Follow the link to hear Ms. Middleton discuss the RRBC's 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot. The interview begins at the 43:30 mark. [listen]

RRBC Puts Finishing Touches on Watershed Snapshot, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 10, 2012

The snapshot, which will soon go to print, is replete with environmental analysis, recreational information and strategies for managing resources throughout the entire 768-square mile watershed.

“We need to get people talking, and we need to get people focusing on the whole watershed,” said RRBC executive director Leslie Middleton. [read more] [download PDF]

RRBC Talks Rivanna Watershed Snapshot with Albemarle Supervisor, NBC29, December 10, 2012

[The] 2012 watershed snapshot ... provides a quick but detailed look at the conditions of the river, covering elements such as water quality and public access ... At its regular bimonthly meeting Monday, the RRBC explained how the snapshot is designed to help county leaders with their comprehensive plan updates and guide them on how to take care of the watershed.

"It's been shown quite clearly that every time you put in an impermeable surface or put in development, the quality of the Rivanna River is going to be degraded. So what we're trying to do is to ensure not that development ceases, but that development be done in a wise way that takes the river into consideration," said RRBC Chairman Marvin Moss. [read more] [download PDF]

RRBC Unveils 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot, NBC29, December 07, 2012

Members of the Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC) are unveiling a new project Friday that they hope will make it easier for people to access information about the watershed ... RRBC hopes to give lawmakers, volunteers, and others interested in learning more about the Rivanna River the tools they need to help clean it up.

"We think that that will be helpful in accessing the type of information, that will be helpful for everyone from policy makers to people who are looking to put in on the river ... " said Executive Director Leslie Middleton. [read more] [download PDF]

Albemarle panel briefed on natural resources, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 30, 2012

The Albemarle Planning Commission got into the details of the Comprehensive Plan update Tuesday with a work session on the county's natural resources and rural areas ... Randolph and Dotson both said they wanted to put something in the plan referring to efforts to work with the city to preserve the Rivanna River corridor as a destination for both Albemarle and Charlottesville.

"We do recommend that planning go on [but] there is an understandable tension between the kind of development appropriate in a river corridor that will enhance the water quality while also making it a destination," said Leslie Middleton, executive director of the Rivanna River Basin Commission. [read more] [download PDF]

Charlottesville Considers Stormwater Runoff Fee, NBC29, September 24, 2012

The revenue collected from the fee would help protect area streams and rivers from runoff pollution, and keep Charlottesville's stormwater infrastructure in line with state regulations. It's estimated that around 20 percent of the city's storm pipes are in need of some repair or upgrade.

"It levies the cost fairly on all of us, as generators of stormwater," Rivanna River Basin Commission Executive Director Leslie Middleton said. [read more] [download PDF]

DEQ introduces area watershed improvement plan, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 23, 2012

"[The plan] is a tool for getting more money," said Leslie Middleton, executive director of the river basin commission. "Once that plan is in place, it helps route money to this community." [read more] [download PDF]

Commission wants corridor study to address Rivanna's health, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 14, 2012

The agency is in the process of assessing the health of the Rivanna's watershed. A series of indicators called the "Rivanna Snapshot" will be published this fall and is the first step in the development of a comprehensive watershed management plan.

"We've been keeping an eye out on different reports that come in and trying to think of different indicators for the Rivanna," said Jessica Lassetter, program officer for the RRBC. [read more] [download PDF]

Rivanna River Basin Commission Discusses Budget, NBC29, August 13, 2012

RRBC Chairman Marvin Moss says the organization is in transition - the federal and state grants it received are ending. That means members have to find ways to raise the money from private foundations and individuals.

"In five years, it's had a tremendous impact on the Rivanna River Basin, so we need to get people coming forward and saying 'yes, yes' we want to support this organization," Moss said. [read more] [download PDF]

Rivanna River Basin Commission Meeting, NBC29, August 13, 2012

Leslie Middleton is Executive Director of the Rivanna River Basin Commission. She says they are assessing the health of the watershed and looking at how well the community is protecting the area's waterways.

"Whatever flows into the river is kind of a snap shot or report card of the way we manage our land and how we live on it and how we do our waste disposal and all those kinds of things," Middleton said. [read more] [download PDF]

Monitoring Bacteria in the Rivanna River Watershed, NBC29, July 16, 2012

Leslie Middleton, executive director of the Rivanna River Basin Commission, says there's data that shows a majority of our areas streams fail Virginia's Health Standard. [read more] [download PDF]

Local officials learn about next phase of Chesapeake Bay cleanup, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 15, 2012

What impact will the Environmental Protection Agency's plans for improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay have on localities in the Rivanna watershed? A variety of local environmental stakeholders gathered Monday afternoon to discuss this question at a discussion sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the Rivanna River Basin Commission. [read more] [download PDF]

Environmental Groups Meet to Discuss Watershed Mandate, NBC29, May 14, 2012

On Monday, dozens of community members and environmental groups attended a meeting at the Virginia Department of Forestry hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) and the Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC).

The groups are asking for the state's guidance in order to meet federal mandates passed down from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [read more] [download PDF]

Discussion to Help Manage Pollution in Chesapeake Bay Watershed, NBC29, May 13, 2012

Marvin Moss with the Rivanna River Basin Commission said, "We're a relatively small part of the Chesapeake Bay Basin. We're about 1/80th of the total of the Chesapeake Bay, but we're also one of the cleanest streams still in that whole watershed so we want to keep it that way." [read more] [download PDF]

Supervisors Take Stormwater Tour With Money On Their Minds, NBC29, May 10, 2012

RRBC Executive Director Leslie Middleton says people should know stormwater management is much more than pipes and plumbing, but also about aesthetics, [especially at schoolyards]. "Anything we can do to give them a natural setting, to be outside, to enjoy themselves, and if stormwater treatment can be going on in the background, so much the better," Middleton explained. [read more] [download PDF]

Rivanna River Basin Commission to Create Watershed Snapshot, NBC29, April 9, 2012

"We'll use [the snapshot] to launch a more comprehensive watershed planning effort," [Leslie] Middleton said. "We'll be going to our partners and our community and saying, 'This is what conditions are now. What would you like to see? What's your vision for the Rivanna?'" she stated. [read more] [download PDF]

Money available for Moores Creek watershed residents for pollution-mediation projects, The Daily Progress, February 14, 2012

To fight bacterial pollution in Moores Creek that is caused by livestock, septic systems and pet waste, local soil and water conservation officials are offering to help pay for improvements that limit the waste washed into the watershed...The Rivanna River Basin Commission in January received a grant of about $267,000 over 30 months to help reduce contamination. Organizations that will receive funds are the soil and water district, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and StreamWatch. [read more] [download PDF]

Area stakeholders preparing bypass comments, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 14, 2012

The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking comments and suggestions from Albemarle County officials on an ongoing environmental review of the plans for the Western Bypass of U.S. 29 ... VDOT has also asked the Rivanna River Basin Commission to provide comment due to its impact on the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir. "I think there are some unique things we can say that stay on our watershed focus," said Leslie Middleton, executive director of the RRBC, at the commissions Monday meeting. [read more] [download PDF]

Bay watershed update, Greene County Record, February 2, 2012 (page A7)

Leslie Middleton, executive director of the Rivanna River Basin Commission, presented information on the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load and submission of information to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan. [download PDF]

Rivanna River Basin Commission Holds Orientation, Newsplex.com, January 30, 2012

The Rivanna River Basin Commission held an orientation meeting Monday for new members to learn about the group's programs..."If you come to a meeting without really any background, it's very difficult to get up to speed on what's happening. This is an effort to ensure that doesn't happen," said Chairman Marvin Moss. [read more] [download PDF] [link to video]

Rivanna River Basin Commission Welcomes New Members, NBC29, January 30, 2012

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Grants Given to Help Clean Up Moores Creek, NBC29, January 24, 2012

State and federal grants totaling more than $250,000 are on the way to help clean up one of the area's dirtiest streams..."It's what we call impaired for bacteria - too high a level of bacteria in the water," said Middleton." [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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