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Administrators, Environmentalists Discuss how Stormwater Affects the Rivanna

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What effect does stormwater have on the Rivanna River? That was the topic of conversation Thursday at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

Albemarle County's water resource manager and members of the Rivanna River Conservation Society broke down the effects of stormwater. Robbi Savage, with the Rivanna Conservation Society, says stormwater causes erosion and sedimentation. She says these are the biggest sources of pollution in the Rivanna watershed.

Thursday was a chance to toss around possible solutions to the problem. Savage says the county needs money to pay for stormwater retention. She says one option is having people pay a stormwater utility fee, like people do in the city of Charlottesville.

"That has been adopted by a number of communities throughout Virginia and the country. Then there are other options for funding stormwater retrofits and fixing the pipes and getting it right," said Savage.

Thursday was also a chance to talk about the up-and-coming Church Road Stormwater Retrofit Project. The project is designed to reduce levels of phosphorus in water. County planners will use the almost $138,000 grant to install a stormwater basin along Hillsdale Drive that will gather stormwater runoff from facilities in the area. County administrators say the pond will help catch phosphorus from rainwater and prevent it from seeping into the ground.

Albemarle was one of 31 localities in Virginia to receive a grant under the state's new Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.

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