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DEQ Asks Community to Help Evaluate River Health in Albemarle, Greene Counties

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STANARDSVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

If you live in Greene or Albemarle counties, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is looking for your help in evaluating the health of the North Fork Rivanna River.

The DEQ kicked off a new stream health study with a public meeting in Stanardsville on Tuesday, October 30.

This study will use 26 monitoring stations in Greene and Albemarle counties to evaluate the water quality in the river and the streams that feed into it.

Representatives from the DEQ say one key element of this study will be the insects that inhabit the waterway.

Nesha McRae, the project coordinator, says that the types of insects found in the streambeds will give insight into the pollutants that are affecting the water.

The study is scheduled to run through February, and the DEQ is recruiting community members to serve on a technical advisory committee.

Committee members will give input on conditions that they have observed along the waterway.

“The goal is really to look at all of the factors that may be impacting the aquatic community in these streams and try and figure out why we’re not seeing the diversity of aquatic life that we would expect to see in the streams and look at a path forward to clean up the problem,” McRae said.

That committee is scheduled to hold three meetings during the course of the study.

The first one is set for November 14. The other two will be in December and January, respectively.

If you missed the meeting on Tuesday but would like to serve on the committee, click here to contact Nesha McRae.

The DEQ says the study will run through the end of February and will conclude with another public meeting.

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