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IN THE MEDIA:
The Latest News on the Fight for a Sustainable Water Plan

BREAKING NEWS !
Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan send
letter to the state and federal regulators
outlining important new information that fundamentally changes the conditions on which the Community Water Plan was selected and permitted.
Find out more about these new studies.

READ Dave Norris blogs
New study confirms City Council's revised water plan
On the revised water supply
On the ecological value of the Ragged Mountain Natural Area

PODCASTS WORTH LISTENING TO:



Listen to recent radio spots with Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan

  • Richard Lloyd explains "Small Bites" on WINA 7/22/10
  • Betty Mooney on WINA 7/22/10
  • Betty Mooney on WINA 6/16/10
  • Listen to Dede Smith and Richard Lloyd on WINA; 6/16/10
  • Listen to Betty Mooney on WINA 5/26/10
  • Listen to Kevin Lynch on WINA 3/25/10
  • Betty Mooney and Kevin Lynch on the dredging study on WINA
  • Betty Mooney and Brian Wheeler debate water supply plan on WINA
  • Betty Mooney on WINA - Rick and Jane Morning Show
  • Richard Lloyd and Dede Smith on WINA - August 10, 2009 Shilling Show
  • Richard Lloyd and Dede Smith on WINA - Charlottesville Right Now
  • Richard Lloyd and Dede Smith on WINA - Oct 12, 2009 Schilling (hour 1)
  • Richard Lloyd and Dede Smith on WINA - Oct 12, 2009 Schilling (hour 2)
  • Betty Mooney and Kevin Lynch on the Community Water Plan 1/8/08
  • CONTROVERSY ERUPTS: Don Wagner, chair of the Albemarle County Service Authority is in hot water for allegedly making a racial slur during a recent ASCA meeting.

    In a podcast recorded by Charlottesville Tomorrow, many think he refers to "Obama white money" in reference to paying for a dredging study. Wagner claims he said "Obama-like money." Listen to the podcast for yourself.
    Read all about it in the Hook.

    The Hook wins TOP PRIZE at the Virginia Press Association's annual banquet for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service. Well done and well deserved. Read the Hook series.

    READ ALL ABOUT IT IN THE HOOK:
    Check out the complete index to the Hook water supply archives
    Follow the brilliant investigative journalism of Hawes Spencer as he continues to uncover new information about the feasibiility and cost of dredging the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir. Be prepared to be shocked!

    1. February 28, 2008:
      Reservoir dogged: A $142 million boondoggle?
    2. March 6, 2008:
      Higher and higher: Frederick claimed dredge cost $225 million
    3. March 13, 2008:
      Trickling away: A dam develops amid missed chances?
    4. March 13 follow-up:
      Surprise! Dredge meets 115% of 50-year demand
    5. March 20, 2008:
      Case studies: Will new dredge view go entrepreneurial?
    6. March 23, 2008:
      Is Conservancy impeding dredge options?
    7. March 27, 2008:
      Full steam ahead': Emails suggest O'Connell, Conservancy blocking dredging."
      Check out the Nature Conservancy's response!
    8. April 3, 2008:
      Conservative's tale: When a single Mud Cat just won't do
    9. April 17, 2008:
      Revealing docs: Dredging foes run up the tab
    10. April 20, 2008:
      Sierra Club throws support to dredging
      Letter to members from the Piedmont Chapter of the Sierra Club
    11. April 24, 2008:
      Sierra missed: Club urges dredging, O'Connell soldiers on
    12. April 28, 2008:
      Hook raises Authority spending questions
    13. May 1, 2008:
      Open tap: Dam firm continues to drain city coffers
    14. May 1, 2008:
      Rooker rains on Frederick’s parade
    15. May 5, 2008:
      Dredging 101: $25-$30 million
    16. May 7, 2008:
      Keno, Lynch dredge up divergent views
    17. May 9, 2008:
      County water rates to spike 20%
    18. May 11, 2008:
      P.E.C. opens new fronts in war on dredging
    19. May 14, 2008:
      Crutchfield: I’m no dredging expert
    20. May 15, 2008:
      Money pit: Quarry offered as dredging base
    21. May 22, 2008:
      Competing visions: Citizens unveil alternate 50-year plan
    22. May 29, 2008:
      Empty file? State has no record of water plan
    23. June 1, 2008:
      Hamilton: reject ‘pig in a poke’ water scheme
    24. June 5, 2008:
      Hamilton 'pokes': Council issues demand for dredging
    25. June 5, 2008: blog...
      Schilling blasts water project, O’Connell’s ‘fiefdom’" Includes podcast
    26. June 12, 2008:
      Duped councilors? Three now slam O'Connell's water leadership
    27. June 12, 2008:
      Albemarle to water authority: study dredging
    28. June 15, 2008:
      Dredge Fans Take to the Streets
    29. June 23, 2008:
      Waterworks seeks scopeless dredge proposals
    30. June 28, 2009:
      Dredge this!
    31. July 28, 2009:
      Frederick: RWSA agrees to delay dredge study
    32. August 4, 2008:
      Stacked deck? Dredge foes outnumber fans on force
    33. August 8, 2008:
      CHO work confounds, excites dredge fans
    34. August 29, 2008:
      Reservoir logs: 4? rain erases 4' reservoir gap
    35. Sept 2, 2008:
      Water leak: Another group jumps ship?
    36. September 22, 2008
      Water surprise: Reservoir halted after price doubles
    37. September 29, 2008:
      Pipe dream: Mega-reservoir tied to moribund Bypass
    38. October 1, 2008:
      Gannett Fleming: Firm settles in death, dodges questions
    39. October 7, 2008
      Crutchfield: stop bridge to nowhere; Councilors seek numbers
    40. October 27, 2008:
      Water Authority not ready for pipeline talk
    41. November 3, 2008:
      Neighborhoods to press Council on dredging
    42. November 6, 2008:
      Gary, oh! O’Connell finally agrees to halt dam
    43. November 10, 2008:
      Hide and leak? Dam costs at least $20 million more
    44. November 14, 2008:
      Soil & Water board joins City seeking dam halt
    45. November 24, 2008:
      Pumped up: County water guru says numbers inflated
    46. November 30, 2008:
      Water panic: in giant confab, officials agree to study pipeline
    47. December 6, 2008:
      Gauntlet thrown? County rejects alternate water sources
    48. December 15, 2008:
      Gaffney retained: City parts waters for RWSA helmsman
    49. January 2, 2009:
      Green kit: Is a $1.2 million reservoir in the bag?
    50. January 26, 2009:
      Water park? Dredge force stresses rowing, not dredging
    51. February 23, 2009:
      Prescribed logic: Water/sewer rates set for 11-12% hike
    52. March 2, 2009:
      Use dwindles: But water debt may more than triple
    53. March 3, 2009:
      Dredge the res? City Councilors say it’s about time
    54. March 19, 2009:
      County to sell less water, hike rates 12%+
    55. May 7, 2009:
      Obama quip: Dredging stalls as racial debate rises
    56. May 14, 2009:
      Unblocked reservoir? RWSA may okay dredging study
    57. May 19, 2009:
      Dollar short: Dredging study advances… on City tab
    58. June 18, 2009:
      4X club: Rewarding thrift, County hits water hogs
    59. June 25, 2009:
      More spending: Rivanna moves past Gannett Fleming
    60. July 27, 2009:
      Down 22%: Water thrift backfires on RWSA
    61. August 7, 2009:
      Can kicked? Waste decried as dredge study firm named
    62. August 23, 2009:
      Water use at record low for July
    63. August 25, 2009:
      Dredge wedge: Firm late, wants nearly $700K
    64. September 21, 2009:
      Hard path: Waterworks to approve new firm, new spending
    65. October 2, 2009:
      Free studies: Firm, Fenwick urge market dredgings
    66. November 7 , 2009:
      Supe-elect Thomas eyes water plan for ax
    67. January 22, 2010
      Fenwick puts on another dredge fest
    68. September 16, 2010
      Suddenly Satyendra: Huja may hold key to region’s water future
    69. September 21, 2010
      Dredge time: Council to save reservoir… and dam when ready
    70. October 18, 2010:
      Water shed: County’s anti-dredge insert decried in Council
    71. October 20, 2010:
      Water grab? Frustrated free marketeer proposes reservoir seizure

    READ ALL ABOUT IT:
    Charlottesville Tomorrow provides a stream of articles about water.

    HEAR ALL ABOUT IT ON PODCAST:

    1. November 19, 2007:
      Public hearing before City Council on the water plan.
    2. February 7, 2008:
      Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan on the Radio on WINA's Charlottesville Right Now.
    3. February 13, 2008:
      Brian Wheeler on WINA's Charlottesville Right Now sums up water controversy
    4. February 21, 2008:
      "Water Supply Hotly Debated" at the ASAP meeting with a debate among a panel of four, representing both pro- and con- positions on the 50-year water supply proposal. Kevin Lynch and Rich Collins represent the position of Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan; Tom Frederick and Jeff Werner represent those that support implementing the proposed plan now.
    5. March 10, 2008:
      Hawes Spencer on Charlottesville Right Now offers an alternative community water supply plan.
    6. March 12, 2008:
      Tom Frederick, RWSA Director, on Charlottesville Right Now responds to water supply plan debate
    7. March 24, 2008:
      Hawes Spencer on Charlottesville Right Now with Coy Barefoot: On the controversy about the water supply plan. Fast forward to 21 minutes to hear about the water supply.
    8. April 24, 2008:
      Hawes Spencer offers a summary and update on efforts to revisit the community water supply plan
    9. April 30, 2008:
      Hawes Spencer at the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Board meeting
    10. May 9, 2008:
      Hawes Spencer faced Jeff Werner of PEC to discuss both sides of the water supply debate on the Schilling Show.
    11. May 5, 2008:
      Dredging Meeting / podcast
    12. May 6, 2008:
      Worksession with City Council - with podcast
    13. May 19, 2008:
      Public hearing at City Hall / podcast
    14. September 22, 2008:
      Cost estimate for Ragged Mountain Dam construction increases to $70 million; RWSA seeks second opinion
    15. September 24, 2008:
      Kevin Lynch on the $70 million estimate for new Ragged Mountain Dam
    16. October 13, 2008:
      Dede Smith and Betty Mooney joined The Schilling Show to discuss the water supply plan.
    17. Ch 29:
      Leaders Seek to Reassess Water Plan
    18. December 2, 2008:
      NPR on "Ragged Mountain controversy"
    19. March 3, 2009:
      Four boards negotiate recommendations from reservoir task force report
    20. June 15, 2009:
      Betty Mooney on WINA
    21. June 17, 2009:
      Richard Lloyd and Dede Smith on WINA Schilling Show
    22. August 6, 2009:
      Richard Lloyd and Dede Smith on WINA, "Charlottesville Today"
    23. Richard Lloyd and Dede Smith on WINA - Oct 12, 2009 Schilling show (hour 1)
    24. Richard Lloyd and Dede Smith on WINA - Oct 12, 2009 Schilling show (hour 2)

    READ ALL ABOUT IT IN THE DAILY PROGRESS:

    1. February 3, 2008:
      Locals Object To Water Plan
    2. April 29, 2008:
      Water authority hires firm to field questions
    3. April 27, 2008:
      Plan dredges up old arguments
    4. April 23, 2008:
      Sierra Club wants officials to reconsider reservoir dredging
    5. May 6, 2008:
      Consultant questions dredging estimate
    6. May 7, 2008:
      Water plan takes heat
    7. May 20, 2008: Water war moves to City Hall
    8. May 20, 2008:
      Conflict of interest raised on RWSA Board: City cut off from vote.
    9. May 21, 2008:
      Critics offer water options
    10. July 1, 2008:
      Task force to examine need for dredging study
    11. October 28, 2008:
      New focus in clash on dredging
    12. November 3, 2008:
      Charlottesville neighborhoods back dredging
    13. November 16, 2008:
      City, county at odds over water delays
    14. November 20, 2008:
      Dredging task force stagnates over details to put in report
    15. November 26, 2008:
      Boards agree on water review
    16. December 9, 2008:
      Task force still split over dredging study
    17. December 10, 2008:
      Water task force remains at odds over dredging feasibility study
    18. December 19, 2008:
      Dredging debate as sticky as mud
    19. December 20, 2008:
      Task force requires deadline extension for reservoir report
    20. January 13, 2009:
      Overdue report still unfinished
    21. January 14, 2009:
      Reservoir task force postpones report
    22. January 27, 2009:
      Rivanna reservoir task force presents long-awaited report
    23. January 28, 2009:
      Reservoir report finally completed, but now what?
    24. February 22, 2009:
      Can we afford our future?
    25. February 28, 2009:
      Area water rates would increase
    26. March 4, 2009:
      City demands examination of dredging
    27. May 8, 2009:
      Pair would pose reservoir queries
    28. May 9, 2009:
      Va. to issue bonds for sewer upgrades
    29. March 9, 2009:
      Dredging gains steam with council
    30. May 15, 2009:
      Service authority says it won’t pay for full dredging study
    31. May 15, 2009:
      Monticello High seniors host forum on pros, cons of dredging
    32. May 16, 2009:
      County authority wants off the hook for dredging study
    33. May 19, 2009:
      City residents object to subsidy to stabilize rates
    34. May 19, 2009:
      Wholesale water rates to increase
    35. May 19, 2009:
      RWSA authorizes dredging study
    36. May 20, 2009:
      Water politics are muddied
    37. May 24, 2009:
      Dredging promises rewards and risks
    38. May 31, 2009:
      Water rates in county set to rise
    39. June 3, 2009:
      Dam could blow state’s deadline
    40. June 9, 2009:
      County’s rates could rise for big water users
    41. June 14, 2009:
      State open to change in dam plan
    42. June 16, 2009:
      Water plan adversaries rally on mall
    43. June 25, 2009:
      RWSA officials’ meal tab: $1,623
    44. June 26, 2009:
      RWSA fires builder. Firm hiked cost estimate of dam
    45. June 28, 2009:
      Decision to switch firms may cost RWSA
    46. July 1, 2009:
      Water costs raise concern
    47. July 9, 2009:
      Firms to compete for dredging study
    48. July 19, 2009:
      50-year water forecast too dire?
    49. August 6, 2009:
      RWSA panel picks firm for dredging study
    50. August 15, 2009:
      RWSA panel picks firm for dredging study
    51. August 26, 2009:
      Candidates say no to dredging
    52. September 1, 2009:
      Lowry criticizes opponents on water plan
    53. September 5, 2009:
      Council candidate gives how-to on dredging
    54. September 23, 2009:
      Firm with local ties hired to design dam
    55. October 2, 2009:
      State to assess area’s water supply alternative
    56. October 7 , 2009:
      New dam estimate at odds with old
    57. October 28, 2009:
      Controversial dredging study gets go-ahead

    LETTERS AND STATEMENTS

    1. November 19, 2007: Public comments from Dede Smith to City Council public hearing
    2. November 19, 2007:
      Public comments from Betty Mooney to City Council public hearing
    3. June 1, 2008:
      "Water controversy all too predictable"
    4. April 8, 2008:
      Pursue dredging option for water" / Daily Progress
    5. May 2, 2008:
      Pipeline would scar Albemarle / Daily Progress
    6. May 21, 2008:
      Ragged Mountain plan too pricey / Daily Progress

    READ ALL ABOUT IT:
    On Cvillenews.com
    (lots of community comments!)
    February 12, 2008: Citizen Group Opposes Reservoir Plan
    May 15, 2008: Quarry Owners ISO Dredged Soil
    Scroll down for more articles and comments

    READ ALL ABOUT IT:
    In C'ville Weekly

    1. February 19, 2008:
      Green Groups Splinter Over Water Plan
    2. May 13, 2008:
      What happened to a cherished water supply plan?
    3. May 20, 2008:
      Saturation point: When will we have enough of this water-supply debate?
    4. June 10, 2008:
      Next big water question: Why dredge?
    5. September 30, 2008:
      As dam costs rise, so does RWSA criticism
    6. November 11, 2008:
      City backs away from water supply plan
    7. December 29, 2008:
      City requests board restructuring
    8. January 13, 2009:
      Water plan "architect" reflects on controversy
    9. February 3, 2009:
      Dredging report ready for government
    10. March 3, 2009:
      Who’s really wasting ratepayer money?
    11. June 16, 2009:
      City, RWSA move forward on water studies
    12. May 20, 2008:
      City Council hears “final” comments on water supply
    13. June 23, 2009:
      Dam study lacks cost estimate; dredging study next
    14. July 27, 2009:
      Cost of creating water plan is tough to quantify

    SUPPORT FOR DREDGING:
    Sierra Club throws support to dredging
    ASAP urges that a study of the feasibility and costs of dredging be done before any work on the new dam.
    William Crutchfield, Jr. in support of dredging: A business perspective
    Dennis Rooker calls for dredging South Fork Rivanna Reservoir

    Information Resources for CvilleWater.info

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