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Rivanna Conservation Society Launches River Guardians Program

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More than 20 people came out to the first Rivanna River Guardians training session. More than 20 people came out to the first Rivanna River Guardians training session.

The Rivanna Conservation Society launched a pilot program Saturday morning to recruit more people to help monitor the river.

More than 20 people came out to the first Rivanna River Guardians training session in Darden Towe Park. Organizers discussed water monitoring methods and other ways the volunteers can protect the river.

"They will be the ones that are taking specific sections of the river, its tributaries and focusing on keeping an eye on that area - that way we know if it's being polluted, or erosion, or trash or good things as well. If there's specific wild life in an area, or if fall foliage is really beautiful in an area," Chris Mantle, the chair of the Board of Directors for RCS, said.

For more information on becoming a guardian, call RCS at 434-97-RIVER.  To register for training, send an email to exec@rivannariver.org


Rivanna Conservation Society Press Release

The training will help volunteers to become more proactive in protecting their river through their commitment to action projects in their communities. 

Whether walking a neighborhood stream or paddling the Rivanna, the River Guardians will document suspected pollution sources and their effects, while also reporting natural patterns in river hydrology and aquatic/wildlife sightings. We want our volunteers to share the "good news" as well as highlighting areas of concern. 

Volunteers will be asked to commit at least 10 hours per year to this phase of the project. In addition, the River Guardians will share collected information relating to water quality problems and concerns along the Rivanna River via email, Facebook, the RCS Blog and Twitter. 

Specific tasks will include, but are not limited to; 
1) Attending River introduction and training sessions, 
2) Maintaining vigilance, through land-based and in-stream monitoring, 
3) Documenting pollution and erosion problems affecting the Rivanna, 
4) Documenting fish populations (with an emphasis on the shad), 
5) Identifying specific locations in need of protection and/or restoration, 
6) Alerting the RCS about problems on the river, 
7) Coordinating with other volunteers, and 
8) Conducting physical, chemical, and/or biological monitoring. 

Equipment will be provided as a part of this project. 
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