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RRBC Talks Rivanna Watershed Snapshot with Albemarle Supervisors

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Just days after unveiling its 2012 watershed snapshot, the Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC) is sitting down with Albemarle County supervisors.

The RRBC is explaining how the snapshot will guide the leaders in making critical decisions. The snapshot provides a quick but detailed look at the conditions of the river, covering elements such as water quality and public access.

The commission is very excited about the feedback it received on Friday when the snapshot was unveiled, and says this is really the springboard for a detailed management plan.

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.

Along with making sure the counties that share the Rivanna watershed are up to speed on meeting mandates passed down by the Environmental Protection Agency, the commission also wants to address population growth and development.

"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.

Greene, Fluvanna, Charlottesville, and Albemarle each share the Rivanna watershed.

At this point, the snapshot is not expected to undergo any changes.  The RRBC plans to use it as part of its outreach in the coming weeks.

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