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

The Hook wins TOP PRIZE at the Virginia Press Association's annual banquet for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service for its coverageof the water debate.

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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