Go to the next City Council meeting and/or the Board of Supervisors and sign up to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. To do this, get there 10 minutes early and there will be a sign up sheet in front. You have three minutes.
City Council meetings are held at 7:00 pm the first and third Mondays of the month on the second floor of City Hall on the downtown mall (Seventh and Main.) The Board of Supervisors meetings are held the first two Wednesdays of the month, in Board Room 241, Second Floor, County Office Building at the corner of McIntire and Preston. The Board meets on the first Wednesday beginning at 9:00 A.M., and on the second Wednesday beginning at 6:00 P.M.
Contact City Council and ask them how they could give up so many city resources for so little in return. Ask them to abide by the city's policy of environmental sustainability and restore rather than replace our current infrastructure. Ask them to stop giving away city parkland to support county growth. Find out what city residents in particular have to lose.
Contact the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and tell them how much you value the natural resources in our community. Ask them to investigate less destructive solutions to increase the water supply.
Contact Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA)
and ask them why they did not pursue dredging in a more comprehensive way. Ask them why there is no flow gauge on the South Fork Rivanna River where the greatest impact of water withdrawal is predicted, when there are gauges elsewhere.
Contact The Nature Conservancy
and ask them how they could support such an environmentally damaging approach when less intrusive solutions haven't even been investigated. Ask them for data on just how much water will be left to go downstream from the dam after they remove 18 MG every day. Ask them why they didn't insist on a flow gauge on the South Fork Rivanna River at the point of intake to know the answer to that when they did their own study. Ask for hard numbers - there is too much to lose. Ask them to share your questions and comments with the director and science staff.
Contact the Piedmont Program:
490 Westfield Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: (434) 295-6106
Director: Ridge Schuyler