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  • Water Conservation | Rivanna Authorities
    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 Water Conservation Water Conservation Every Drop Counts Rivanna serves the community by safeguarding our most precious resource water This includes doing our part to take water conservation steps wherever possible in our operations Most of our water savings opportunities were identified in the wake of the 2002 drought Moores Creek alone saves over 1 5 million gallons each year by capturing this effluent and using it for a variety of non drinking uses within the facility This helps to preserve the existing drinking water supply and thus helps us better steward the community water supply In the water department We maximize filter run lengths We refine our sedimentation basin cleaning process South Fork Reservoir Treatment Plant recycles all water used in the plant Observatory Water Treatment Plant recycles water used in the plant In the wastewater department We use recycled non potable use water for our cooling and hot water needs We wash down our tanks with recycled water We lubricate our pumps and centrifuge The use of this effluent water reduced potable water consumption at the facility by approximately 98 The facility went from using an average of 44 000 gpd in 2002 to 500 gpd in 2003 These conservation efforts continue as standard practice today In the administration building We retrofitted old plumbing fixtures with low flow plumbing fixtures to reduce the need for water RWSA does not have any irrigation systems in place for landscape watering In your home If you re interested in water conservation in your home Charlottesville city residents click here If you re

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/environmental-stewardship/water-conservation/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Watershed Protection | Rivanna Authorities
    River and on Totier Creek These reservoirs and river intake provide the raw water that is then treated at 5 water treatment plants for potable water uses in the service area Cross Section of a Watershed Cross section of a watershed EPA gov Water enters the reservoir through precipitation Unfortunately any contaminants that may be located on the land within the watershed like fertilizers may be carried through overland runoff or transported via groundwater to the reservoir The EPA calls these nonpoint sources of pollutants There are many practices that can be used to minimize the input of nutrients and other pollutants to a reservoir Did you know that planting a tree buffer on your property adjacent to a waterway provides a filter to pollutants flowing into streams Minimizing the use of fertilizers on your property is another way that you can help reduce nonpoint source pollution Keeping our watershed clean Proper stewardship of our watershed requires an all hands on deck approach Every landowner shares a role in keeping the watershed clean Here s what various organizations are doing and how businesses landowners and residents can do their part Reservoir Management Study Now in Progress In 2015 Rivanna contracted with Dinatale Water Consultants of Boulder Colorado to conduct a reservoir assessment and recommend options for managing reservoir water quality Intensive water quality monitoring is being conducted on our reservoirs by RWSA staff to provide data for this study Results are expected to be available Spring 2016 Regional Organizations The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District has as its current focus to control and prevent non point source pollution Nonpoint source NPS pollution unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants comes from many diffuse sources NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground They do this through technical assistance programs to citizens and local governments financial assistance to landowners and educational programs The many programs of the TJSWCD can be reviewed on their website http www tjswcd org We support the work of the Rivanna Stormwater Education Partnership which is a collaborative effort among the local entities that hold stormwater permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System NPDES Program like us These permits relate to the operation of municipal storm sewer systems and require the permit holders to achieve numerous goals related to education outreach and public participation in stormwater management Regulatory authority for the program falls under the Virginia State Water Control Board under the oversight of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Albemarle County In Albemarle County there is a Water Protection Ordinance that requires that vegetated buffers be preserved or established along most County water bodies and limits the activities that can occur within those buffers The vegetation helps to filter non point source pollutants from entering the water body In general 100 foot buffers are required along streams in the County Adjacent to a water supply reservoir the buffer requirement is 200 feet These buffers provide a

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  • Franklin Street Wetlands | Rivanna Authorities
    Waste Disposal McIntire 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 Franklin Street Wetlands Franklin Street Wetlands Franklin Street Wetlands Franklin Street Wetlands was part of an environmental mitigation project stemming from the expansion of Ragged Mountain reservoir Rivanna created just over four and a half acres of new wetlands and enhanced two and a half acres of existing wetlands We planted 2 700 trees and shrubs Access to these wetlands are limited for safety and security reasons though we do offer site visits Looking toward the future we are actively looking for ways to enhance this educational opportunity Please call 434 977 2970 ext 101 Business Hours Office Mon Fri 7 30am 4 30pm McIntire Recycling Hours Wed Fri 8 30am 5 20pm Sat 9 30am 5 20pm

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/environmental-stewardship/franklin-street-wetlands/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Groundwater Remediation and Air Quality Monitoring | Rivanna Authorities
    joint arrangement between the City and County with service to both jurisdictions When the City and County formed the Authority in 1990 which began operation in 1991 the landfill ownership and operation was transferred to the Authority The landfill has been closed since 2001 but because the decomposition of the waste material beneath the closed surface occurs over a much longer period of time active management and monitoring of site conditions is essential and required by law When the landfill opened in 1968 very few state or federal regulations existed which governed the design and operation of landfills Over time the need for regulations was recognized and came into effect governing the need for leachate collection systems daily cover vector attraction reduction impervious caps over the top of landfill cells as they are closed gas management and active post closure care As regulations matured new activities at the Ivy Landfill complied with those standards but older parts of the landfill were grandfathered as new regulations went into effect Older facilities would not meet today s standards if constructed and operated today This condition is an unfortunate reality and all too common among landfills across the country that operated before newer regulations went into effect and is a major reason why groundwater contamination has occurred at most older landfill sites Bioremediation and Ongoing Groundwater Monitoring In the late 1990s groundwater contamination was discovered at Ivy contained within the boundary of the landfill property and beyond the footprint of the landfill cells A remediation program was developed that began with a pump and treat system on the west side replaced in 2006 by a broader site wide enhanced bioremediation program Enhanced Bioremediation included the injection of carefully selected substrate material into the groundwater to enhance the natural chemical reduction of the contamination to clean groundwater As a result of the bioremediation the spread of contamination within the groundwater on the site has been tightly contained and reduced protecting both the environment and human health The injection of substrate material was suspended in July 2013 to determine if the breakdown of contaminated materials will continue without further injections The Authority is prepared to re initiate injections if it proves necessary Revisions to the Corrective Action Plan were submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality DEQ at that time This Plan can be reviewed by clicking on the link below 2015 Corrective Action Plan CAP Revision Due to size this document is an excerpt of the original containing Review Comments Table of Contents and Executive Summary The full version can be obtained by contacting RSWA at 434 977 2970 x101 Status Monitoring of the groundwater and surface water at the site continues Groundwater samples are collected and analyzed twice a year and results are reported This frequency of monitoring is appropriate given that groundwater moves underground very slowly The following most recent reports can be obtain by calling the Moores Creek Administration Office at 434 977 2970 2014 Annual Compliance Groundwater Monitoring Report 19

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  • In the News | Rivanna Authorities
    and sanitation needs of the read more Lead in Drinking Water Posted by tkent rivanna org on Feb 10 2016 in Blog Water Comments Off on Lead in Drinking Water A joint statement by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority RWSA the Albemarle County Service Authority ACSA and the City of Charlottesville City Drinking water has recently been the topic in the national and local news We wish to assure our customers and the community that RWSA ACSA and the City are committed to providing safe high quality water Protecting public health is a core part of what we do and so we work closely with each other the Virginia Department of Health the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and read more An artist s look at wastewater Posted by tkent rivanna org on Feb 8 2016 in Blog Featured Water Resource Recovery Comments Off on An artist s look at wastewater A couple of weeks ago a few of us from the Rivanna crew attended the Second Street Gallery exhibit on Sustainability to see the film Wastewater by Jason Robinson Of course we were interested in the entire exhibit but most intrigued by Jason s film in which the headline star was none other than the substance we handle every day 24 7 wastewater Victoria Fort one of our civil engineers had heard about the exhibit from a friend who jokingly said You work at the poop plant This is right up your alley And gave her a copy of the Cville read more Rivanna accepts ACECVA Engineering Honor Award tonight Posted by tkent rivanna org on Feb 4 2016 in Blog Featured Water Industry Leaders Comments Off on Rivanna accepts ACECVA Engineering Honor Award tonight Michelle Simpson Senior Civil Engineer and Tom Frederick Executive Director are headed down to Richmond for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia Award Gala at the Jefferson Hotel With the help of our engineers Greeley and Hansen replaced a 60 year old sewer interceptor The Meadow Creek Interceptor originally installed in the 1950 s had significantly deteriorated over time causing occasional sewage contamination of Meadow Creek The project faced an array of challenges and obstacles including excavation and read more Protecting our Watershed Posted by tkent rivanna org on Jan 26 2016 in Blog Stewardship Water Comments Off on Protecting our Watershed As the City continues their bio blitz study of the Ragged Mountain Dam area and citizens weigh in on whether runners bikers and dogs should be allowed there we thought it would be a perfect time to share our perspective on responsible stewardship of the reservoirs Our charge As a water provider our charge is two fold public health and environmental stewardship We provide adequate safe drinking water to our community and then treat the wastewater so that it can safely return back to the environment We are fortunate We now I mean read more First week of composting declared a success Posted by tkent rivanna org on Jan

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  • UPCOMING EVENT: Celebrate our Drinking Water Supply! | Rivanna Authorities
    So we thought National Drinking Water week would be a perfect time to celebrate our community water supply There s more to your glass of water than meets the eye Come learn about the people and process behind our water from Nature to the tap to the Rivanna River Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Rivanna Conservation Alliance Thomas Jefferson Soil Water Conservation District Charlottesville Public Works and Albemarle County Service Authority will be there So will Carpe Donuts Yum Glass of Drinking Water photo courtesy torange us What Celebrate our Drinking Water Supply Stations and Demos 10 30 Noon Moderately difficult hike led by Chris Gensic City Parks and Trail Planner Charlottesville Parks and Recreation to the site of the new floating bridge 11 Noon Sink a Time Capsule 11 50 Raffle Prizes Music Fun for all ages Where Ragged Mountain Reservoir When Thursday May 5 10 30 Noon Parking FREE shuttle from Trinity Presbyterian Church 1301 Fontaine Ave No cars parked at reservoir please Event in partnership with Please wear appropriate hiking shoes Detailed event summary Ragged Mountain Reservoir reached full capacity in February so for National Drinking Water week Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority wants to celebrate our community s water supply Come to Ragged Mountain Reservoir on Thursday May 5 th 10 30 am noon to learn about the people and process behind our water from Nature to the tap to the Rivanna River RWSA Rivanna Conservation Alliance Thomas Jefferson Soil Water Conservation District Charlottesville Public Works and Albemarle County Service Authority will be there with information and demonstrations on watershed protection dam construction water treatment wastewater treatment river stewardship conservation and more Free shuttles will run continuously starting at 10 25 am from Trinity Church at 1301 Fontaine Ave No cars parked at the reservoir please

    Original URL path: http://www.rivanna.org/news-and-information/celebrateragged/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Blog | Rivanna Authorities
    2 00 pm Find out the Household Read More Ragged Mountain Dam Reaches 100 Capacity Posted by tkent rivanna org on Feb 12 2016 in Blog Community Project Water Ragged Mountain Reservoir has reached its maximum capacity of 1 5 billion gallons of water attaining an historic milestone Thanks to an extraordinary effort and multi stakeholder collaboration involving local water leaders elected officials teams of engineers and construction crews and citizens a plentiful water supply for our community s drinking water needs has finally been brought to fruition The multi million dollar award winning dam is a major step toward securing the drinking water fire protection and sanitation needs of the community for the next 50 years It took engineers Read More Lead in Drinking Water Posted by tkent rivanna org on Feb 10 2016 in Blog Water A joint statement by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority RWSA the Albemarle County Service Authority ACSA and the City of Charlottesville City Drinking water has recently been the topic in the national and local news We wish to assure our customers and the community that RWSA ACSA and the City are committed to providing safe high quality water Protecting public health is a core part of what we do and so we work closely with each other the Virginia Department of Health the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and even national research foundations We have an Read More An artist s look at wastewater Posted by tkent rivanna org on Feb 8 2016 in Blog Featured Water Resource Recovery A couple of weeks ago a few of us from the Rivanna crew attended the Second Street Gallery exhibit on Sustainability to see the film Wastewater by Jason Robinson Of course we were interested in the entire exhibit but most intrigued by Jason s film in which the headline star was none other than the substance we handle every day 24 7 wastewater Victoria Fort one of our civil engineers had heard about the exhibit from a friend who jokingly said You work at the poop plant This is right up your alley And gave her a copy of the Cville Weekly article We prefer the term Advanced Water Read More Rivanna accepts ACECVA Engineering Honor Award tonight Posted by tkent rivanna org on Feb 4 2016 in Blog Featured Water Industry Leaders Michelle Simpson Senior Civil Engineer and Tom Frederick Executive Director are headed down to Richmond for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia Award Gala at the Jefferson Hotel With the help of our engineers Greeley and Hansen replaced a 60 year old sewer interceptor The Meadow Creek Interceptor originally installed in the 1950 s had significantly deteriorated over time causing occasional sewage contamination of Meadow Creek The project faced an array of challenges and obstacles including excavation and construction in close proximity to neighborhoods Read More Protecting our Watershed Posted by tkent rivanna org on Jan 26 2016 in Blog Stewardship Water As the City continues their

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  • Board Meetings | Rivanna Authorities
    2016 2015 January 27 2015 February 24 2015 March 24 2015 April 28 2015 May 26 2015 June 23 2015 July 28 2015 August 25 2015 September 22 2015 October 27 2015 November 17 2015 December 15 2015 Past Board Agendas 2016 January 27 2106 February 23 2016 2015 January 27 2015 February 24 2015 March 24 2015 April 28 2015 May 26 2015 June 23 2015 July 28 2015 August 25 2015 September 22 2015 October 27 2015 November 17 2015 December 15 2015 2014 January 28 2014 February 11 2014 special meeting February 25 2014 March 25 2014 April 22 2014 May 27 2014 June 24 2014 July 22 2014 August 26 2014 September 23 2014 October 28 2014 November 25 2014 December 16 2014 2013 January 22 2013 February 26 2013 March 26 2013 April 23 2013 May 28 2013 June 25 2013 August 27 2013 September 24 2013 December 2 2013 special meeting December 17 2013 2012 January 24 2012 February 28 2012 March 27 2012 April 24 2012 May 22 2012 June 26 2012 July 24 2012 August 28 2012 September 25 2012 October 23 2012 November 27 2012 2011 January 25 2011 February 24 2011 March 8 2011 March 22 2011 April 26 2011 May 24 2011 June 28 2011 July 26 2011 August 23 2011 October 25 2011 November 22 2011 December 28 2011 Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Current Agenda Board Meeting Schedule Approved Minutes Past Board Agendas Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of RSWA Regular Board Meeting Tuesday April 26 2016 at 2 00 p m Meeting Location Main Conference Room Moores Creek Administration Building 695 Moores Creek Lane Charlottesville VA Click here for CURRENT RSWA AGENDA that includes links to pertinent documents Public Hearings Scheduled Tuesday May 24 2016

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