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  • Schenk’s Greenway | Rivanna Authorities
    Greenway before upgrades This July of 2015 construction project began beneath Schenk s Greenway between Harris Street and McIntire Recycling Center to give a necessary upgrade to the existing sanitary sewer infrastructure Updating this outdated infrastructure is essential for us to continue serving our community s need for clean water We recognize the community enjoys this greenspace and therefore we are sharing these important details Construction hours 7am and 6pm Entrance to McIntire Recycling Center will remain open at all normal business hours during construction We appreciate everyone s patience and awareness of the construction traffic materials entering exiting the construction zone 8 foot privacy fence will be on site for the safety of cars and pedestrians Anticipated completion date was February 2016 Due to wet weather this winter and discovery of difficult rock material below the surface this project is delayed A new project timeline will be posted as soon as possible Includes the restoration of the landscape tree canopy and trail throughout the park once construction is complete On June 27th 2015 we were delighted that many Charlottesville residents took advantage of the free perennials and shrubs offered as a part of Dig Day before we began this important work The City Parks and Recreation Department moved the much loved Polar Bear Looking for Ice to the already updated east side of the Harris Street Intersection and the stone butterfly Azure has also been relocated along the John Warner Parkway in preparation for work to begin We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience If you have any questions concerns or would like periodic updates on this project please feel free to reach out to Teri Kent Communications Manager tkent rivanna org or 434 977 2970 ext 101 Recent Posts McIntire s Composting Pilot Continues Spring HHW and Amnesty

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/what-we-do/community-projects/schenks-greenway/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Granular Activated Carbon | Rivanna Authorities
    s Greenway Granular Activated Carbon Odor Control Environmental Stewardship Renewable Energy Stream Ecology Compost Tree Planting Water Conservation Watershed Protection Franklin Street Wetlands Landfill Remediation In the News UPCOMING EVENT Celebrate our Drinking Water Supply Blog Board Meetings The Daily Water Report Event Calendar Rivanna At A Glance Contact Us Home Granular Activated Carbon Granular Activated Carbon GAC Construction Begins at South Fork Water Treatment Plant Upgrading Our Water System As part of our mission of providing clean safe high quality drinking water serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County Service Authority we will be installing a new Granular Activated Carbon GAC water treatment system at all of our urban area treatment plants including Crozet This work will be complete by the end of 2017 GAC is highly effective at removing a wide variety of organic chemicals and select other contaminants to further improve water quality While a GAC system is large industrial scale equipment one way to think about its function is that it acts like a large Brita filter It s one of the best means of improving water quality in the industry We are excited to get this technology online at all of our treatment facilities in the next two years after extensive research and public input GAC Concrete Pour September 2015 Stormwater Improvements In Crozet as a part of this project we will be improving the entrance to our plant with a new safer entrance driveway and landscaping Although some trees will be removed to construct the new building a Tree Protection Zone will be established around the site to protect existing trees Bioretention cells will also be installed to help reduce the peak flow storm runoff from our site as well as improve the quality of stormwater that leaves the site Ultimately we will

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/what-we-do/community-projects/granular-activated-carbon/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Odor Control Project | Rivanna Authorities
    population has grown the problem has grown But we strive to be good neighbors So we have embarked on an extensive 9 3 million dollar odor control project at the Moores Creek Advanced Water Resource Recovery Facility approved by the RWSA Board of Directors early in 2015 to address this issue We are putting in state of the art facilities by mid 2017 and in the end we hope to eliminate the most egregious odors keeping them within the facility boundaries Overview of this project A scientific study which included liquid and vapor phase odor sampling and technically advanced computer modeling has determined the scope of the capital improvements Key facilities will be either covered or removed State of the art grit facilities will be constructed The most egregious odors will be captured through a network of air piping throughout the facility We are constructing odor control units to receive the piped foul smelling air The odors will be treated using technologically advanced biological scrubbers as well as our existing chemical scrubbers which vacuums the airspace treats and neutralizes the odor compounds Approximate timeline Accept construction bids until March 30 2016 Recommend award of Odor Control contract to the Board in April 2016 Issue Notice to Proceed which means they begin ordering equipment start work etc May June 2016 18 20 months to complete once construction begins as the project requires significant capital construction and purchase of manufactured equipment In the meantime we want to hear from you For the most timely response and investigation we highly recommend contacting us by phone 434 977 2970 while you are experiencing the odor rather than later Sign up for our Odor Control email group by emailing odors rivanna org periodic updates on the progress of the project will be sent Please reach

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/what-we-do/community-projects/odor-control-project/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Environmental Stewardship | Rivanna Authorities
    Granular Activated Carbon Odor Control Environmental Stewardship Renewable Energy Stream Ecology Compost Tree Planting Water Conservation Watershed Protection Franklin Street Wetlands Landfill Remediation In the News UPCOMING EVENT Celebrate our Drinking Water Supply Blog Board Meetings The Daily Water Report Event Calendar Rivanna At A Glance Contact Us Home Environmental Stewardship Environmental Stewardship As a water utility and handler of solid waste and recycling environmental stewardship is a central part of our work at Rivanna We recognize that we must serve human needs while protecting the natural environment Water wise we collect water at Nature s source from our reservoirs and creeks and treat it to provide drinking water Then we treat the wastewater so that it can safely return to the Rivanna River which feeds into the James and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay We also provide nutrients for plant life and green energy for the operations at Moores Creek Advanced Water Resource Recovery Facility On the solid waste and recycling side we recycle 3 825 tons of each year Additionally our Moores Creek Observatory Hill South Rivanna Ivy MUC and Administration Building have been designated E3 facilities by the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program since 2009 Renewable Energy Stream Ecology

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/environmental-stewardship/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Renewable Energy | Rivanna Authorities
    on Meade Ave HHW and Bulky Waste Recycling FAQs Community Projects Ragged Mountain Dam New Rivanna Pump Station Schenk s Greenway Granular Activated Carbon Odor Control Environmental Stewardship Renewable Energy Stream Ecology Compost Tree Planting Water Conservation Watershed Protection Franklin Street Wetlands Landfill Remediation In the News UPCOMING EVENT Celebrate our Drinking Water Supply Blog Board Meetings The Daily Water Report Event Calendar Rivanna At A Glance Contact Us Home Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Tim Climbing the Methane Tank Photo Andrew Shurtleff Part of the anaerobic digestion of biosolids from our wastewater creates renewable energy for us on site in the form of methane gas On average Rivanna produces 32 725 000 cu ft of methane each year that is captured for use at our Moores Creek Water Resource Recovery facility This amounts to a little over 1 1 million kWh of energy each year which would power almost 80 homes a year A cogenerator burns the gas and produces electrical power that can be distributed within the facility s internal grid thereby reducing the amount of external energy that we are required to purchase to run our operations Business Hours Office Mon Fri 7 30am 4 30pm McIntire Recycling

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/environmental-stewardship/renewable-energy/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Stream Ecology | Rivanna Authorities
    Control Environmental Stewardship Renewable Energy Stream Ecology Compost Tree Planting Water Conservation Watershed Protection Franklin Street Wetlands Landfill Remediation In the News UPCOMING EVENT Celebrate our Drinking Water Supply Blog Board Meetings The Daily Water Report Event Calendar Rivanna At A Glance Contact Us Home Stream Ecology Stream Ecology Moormans River We care deeply about the environment on both sides of our dams the source water or raw surface water on the upstream side and the stream ecology on the downstream side We recognize that in order to serve the vital human need for water in modern society we also must protect the natural environment So we worked closely with our local government leaders and environmental non profit groups during our community water supply planning process to develop an instream flow release plan for our system that is designed to mimic natural stream flows It s important to note that reservoirs are a man made creation with the primary purpose to serve the water needs of a community We take special care to balance the water needs of the community with the ecology of the systems Under natural conditions with no manmade alterations river flows naturally fluctuate with high flows low flows even periods of no flows Our plan enables us to address in real time where we adjust our stream releases accordingly The U S Geological Survey USGS maintains a stream gage on the Mechums River which is used as an indicator of natural flows throughout our system Real time data on stream flows can be found at http waterdata usgs gov usa nwis uv 02031000 These data are used in a state of the art software model of our system to help manage stream flows throughout our watersheds Additionally we continue to monitor and if needed consult with

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/stream-ecology/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Compost | Rivanna Authorities
    Recycling Center Ivy Material Utilization Center MUC Paper Sort on Meade Ave HHW and Bulky Waste Recycling FAQs Community Projects Ragged Mountain Dam New Rivanna Pump Station Schenk s Greenway Granular Activated Carbon Odor Control Environmental Stewardship Renewable Energy Stream Ecology Compost Tree Planting Water Conservation Watershed Protection Franklin Street Wetlands Landfill Remediation In the News UPCOMING EVENT Celebrate our Drinking Water Supply Blog Board Meetings The Daily Water Report Event Calendar Rivanna At A Glance Contact Us Home Compost Compost compost RWSA recycles 100 of our generated biosolids back to the environment in the form of compost Organic material in wastewater that is removed from primary and secondary treatment processes is called biosolids This nutrient rich organic matter is digested on RWSA s site and then is converted into compost at the McGill Environmental Systems facility in Waverly Virginia McGill brings it up to state and federal safety standards so that the compost can then be of beneficial use for things like promoting vegetative plant life to complete its life cycle We compost about 12 500 tons of biosolids annually Business Hours Office Mon Fri 7 30am 4 30pm McIntire Recycling Hours Wed Fri 8 30am 5 20pm Sat

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/compost/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Tree Planting | Rivanna Authorities
    at Buck Mountain as a part of the environmental mitigation needed for the expansion of the Ragged Mountain Reservoir Over 40 500 trees and shrubs were planted in a 93 acre area and we completed a restoration project at Buck Mountain stream The Buck Mountain property was originally bought by Rivanna as a potential area to expand our reservoir capacity However an environmental study discovered the presence of the endangered species James Spiny Mussel and thus other avenues were sought out for our community water needs Franklin St Wetlands 2 700 trees were planted on Franklin Street near Moores Creek as a part of the Franklin Street Wetlands mitigation project Sewer Safe Tree Planting Please be mindful when you are planting trees or shrubs in close proximity to our water line system RWSA easement widths can vary from 20 to 50 feet The inner 20 feet of an easement 10 feet on either side of the pipe must remain clear low growing groundcovers are allowed RWSA cannot guarantee that damage will not occur within the inner 20 feet of an easement We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our water system infrastructure clear of obstruction so that we can keep the water running Below is the list of sewer safe plants and trees Groundcovers Festuca arundinacea Tall Fescue Poa pratensis Kentucky Bluegrass Lolium perenne Perennial Ryegrass Achillea millefolium Common Yarrow Andropogon virginicus Broom Sedge Asclepias tuberose Butterfly Milkweed Elymus virginicus Virginia Wild Rye Lolium multiflorum Annual Rye Panicum dichotomiflorum Smooth Panic Grass Panicum virgatum Switch Grass Sorghastrum nutans Indian Grass Rudbeckia hirta Black Eyed Susan Where easement widths exceed 20 feet the remaining outer width can naturally revegetate or may be planted by the property owner with plants from the following lists SHRUBS Kalmia latifolia Mountain Laurel Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush Cornus

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/environmental-stewardship/tree-planting/ (2016-05-01)
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