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Debris Piles in Rivanna River Creating Safety Concern

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Debris around Crofton Bridge in Fluvanna County Debris around Crofton Bridge in Fluvanna County
Debris around Crofton Bridge in Fluvanna County Debris around Crofton Bridge in Fluvanna County
Debris around Crofton Bridge in Fluvanna County Debris around Crofton Bridge in Fluvanna County
Debris around Crofton Bridge in Fluvanna County Debris around Crofton Bridge in Fluvanna County
Robbi Savage Robbi Savage
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A build up of debris at a boat launch is causing concern for folks in Fluvanna County.

The debris by Crofton Bridge is from the flooding that occurred back in May, when the water levels were very high. Now that debris poses a serious safety problem for paddlers traveling the Rivanna River from Charlottesville to Palmyra.

"Paddlers are unaware - many of them - that as they come down to the Crofton Bridge that there's so much debris they really can't get through safely. So many of them are pulling their boats out trying to walk around it," said Rivanna Conservation Alliance Executive Director Robbi Savage.

Not only is the debris a public safety concern, but also threatens the bridge itself.

"As the water continues to push against the debris and the bridge, the concern would be that the bridge over time could be unsafe as well,” Savage explained.

The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries have some joint-jurisdiction issues, but in the meantime the concern is increasing.

"We've reached out to our delegates and to the Fluvanna [County] Board of Supervisors, and we're hoping that with their intervention, whatever jurisdictional issues at the state level, will be resolved and we can get this cleaned up," Savage said.

Rivanna Conservation Alliance is working with the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad to help resolve the issue.

VDOT has been out to the site to evaluate the situation and meet with a contractor about what needs to be done to clear the area.