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Dredging Advocate Makes Point

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Bob Fenwick stands in the South Fork of the Rivanna Reservoir to make his point about dredging. Bob Fenwick stands in the South Fork of the Rivanna Reservoir to make his point about dredging.

To make his point for dredging, advocate Bob Fenwick called a news conference Wednesday so he could walk across the South Fork of the Rivanna Reservoir. He did not quite make it all the way through the mud.

Fenwick says the reservoir is on its last leg and to prove it, he started walking right through it. He says feet of muck and sediment have choked the reservoir and people cannot use it for swimming and fishing anymore.

He disputes the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority's claim that dredging will only supply 3 percent of the water needed 50 years from now.

"I will be standing, probably, on top of three feet of muck in additional three to five to seven feet of gravel," said Fenwick. "So for people to get an idea of how distressed this reservoir is, this shows it better than anything."

Fenwick claims for every bucket of sediment taken out of the reservoir, the South Fork would gain five gallons of water storage. He says that is why he is against building a multi-million dollar dam at Ragged Mountain. He sees it as an unnecessary expense.

Reported by Julie Bercik
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