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.