Recently, the StreamSweepers Advisory Board and the Center for Natural Capital ‘s Board of Directors approved Virginia river reaches to be swept by StreamSweepers for 2014. Last year, Sweepers completed roughly 20 miles of river (shown in red) from the Greene County line to Rt. 15 near Orange. This year, 20 miles of the Rapidan River from Rt. 15 to Rt. 522 (shown in purple) and 20 miles of the Robinson River from Rt. 29 to it’s confluence (shown in light blue) will be assessed and swept.
StreamSweepers is a Job Corps program of the Center. It provides training and good paying jobs to college, high school, and disadvantaged young adults. Funding for StreamSweepers is 100% privately funded by Riverside Landowners and Friends of StreamSweepers.
Ahyayha will be used to expand opportunities for folks anywhere to become involved in these local river network based projects. We’ll be launching this newest ahyayha project spring of 2014.
Rapidan StreamSweepers is a youth training and job corps for college-aged youth in Central Virginia. StreamSweepers perform river health diagnostics and sweep up tires, plastic, glass and any other garbage small enough to get in a jonboat. This incredibly popular project was piloted during the summer of 2013 by the Center for Natural Capital in Orange and Madison Counties of Central Virginia.
Unlike other conservation programs, StreamSweepers is a service paid for by stream/river frontage landowners and watershed community supporters. Information developed by StreamSweepers is confidential and provided to landowner customers and supporters. Discussions are now underway to offer StreamSweepers to other portions of the Rapidan watershed in 2014. Should one or more stretches of river with significant landowner interest be found, Ahyayha will be used to help raise watershed community funds later this year.
A family along the Savage River works with a community of businesses, watershed groups, area artists, fishermen, and friends and neighbors to stop riverbank erosion…Coming spring, 2013.
A native bird habitat conservation project in a rapidly urbanizing area of the northern Shenandoah Valley…