By: Laura Ingles,  C-Ville, 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.

The RRBC partnered with other organizations, like the Center for Watershed Protection and StreamWatch, to compile the 12-page document. Local waterway monitor StreamWatch collected the scientific data, and much of the project’s funding came from the RRBC’s startup fund from 2009. The snapshot puts the river’s current state in simple language alongside colorful photos for the public, and officials said they hope it will promote awareness and involvement.  Read more...

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