Two environmental improvement projects in central Virginia are designed to clean up waterways impacted by the new Ragged Mountain Dam.
The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority is planting 40,000 trees on 93 acres around Buck Mountain, and 2,700 trees and re-routed stormwater drains will turn 4.5 acres along Franklin Street into wetlands. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Army Corps of Engineers required the authority complete improvements as part of the dam project.
"We're very proud of this project. We didn't do just the minimum we had to do. We tried to make a really good project that was going to benefit our local waters," said Andrea Terry, RWSA water resources manager.
The authority says the dam project affected about 11,000 linear feet of stream at the new reservoir. The tree plantings and wetlands will improve more than seven times that length of waterway.