South Fork Rivanna River Water Quality Study Kick Off Meeting

South Fork Rivanna River Water Quality Study Community Kick Off VIRTUAL Meeting
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

This virtual community meeting is being held on Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM to share information about an upcoming water quality study of the South Fork Rivanna River and several of its tributaries. Monitoring of aquatic insects that live on the bottom of the stream has shown that something is “bugging the bugs” that call these streams home. These insects act as a barometer of stream health, warning us of potential pollutants that may be entering our waterways.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) will be working with the local community over the next several months to collect input on this study, which will identify pollutants of concern in these streams, along with the reductions needed in those pollutants to allow the streams to support a healthy population of aquatic life.
This meeting will serve as the first in many opportunities for local residents to share information about these streams and their community, ask questions, and learn more about how they can get involved in the clean-up process of local water quality improvement.
Note: When state waters are assessed to be impaired for one or more reasons, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) or TMDL alternatives are developed by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) to determine the total amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can handle without resulting in the impaired status of that waterbody.