New 2016 Project! Eyes on the River

Hello ahyayha Supporters!

We have been dormant for a while waiting for a new project that needs local crowdfunding. We may have found one! The images below one of several problem dump sites in the DSCF4617upper Rappahannock watershed that StreamSweepers is having to repeatedly cleanup. As one example, the area below was completely cleaned 2 years ago. This summer we returned to find another 100+ tires and a room full of furniture had been dumped in the river. StreamSweepers Supporter Charlotte Drummond commented on ahyayha and StreamSweepers Parent CDSCF4580ompany, The Center for Natural Capital Facebook Page the other day that we should try out some wildlife cameras to catch the parties that are continuing with this dumping. So we are looking into this as one solution as well the creation of civil penalties for dumping with help from our Southwest Virginia Friend Frank Kilgore. More to come in the weeks ahead.


StreamSweepers 2014 Celebration and Fundraiser at Historic Rapidan Mill

Tickets Nearly Sold Out! (9-18 update – nearly $2000 sold)

Having trouble with Paypal (orange “Buy Now” buttons on the right of the page)? No worries, call Buzz at 540-661-6283 to let us know you’re coming and just bring a check!

Countdown to Celebration:


Join the award-winning StreamSweepers Job Corps, Rapidan Mill LLC, and other Partners interested in creating new economic opportunities for rural landowners for a one of a kind party on the river.

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Sweepers To Clean 40 Miles of River

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 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.