Tell City Council:  Dredge First for Water Supply
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Charlottesville City Council

Tell City Council: Dredge First for Water Supply

    1. Joanna Salidis
    2. Petition by

      Joanna Salidis

      Charlottesville, VA


We believe that new and accurate water demand and dredging estimates will show that our community’s water needs can be met through maintaining our current resources, namely dredging South Fork Rivanna Reservoir.   

Therefore, we ask that you 1) prioritize dredging as the first step to enlarging our water supply 2) aggressively pursue accurate information on which to base decisions, through timely and properly written Requests for Proposals, 3) stop all progress towards an earthen dam and 4) commit to a water plan that is environmentally and financially conservative from both a water supply and waste treatment perspective.  

We believe that City Council’s recent (Jan./Feb. 2011) decision to build a 30’ earthen dam at Ragged Mountain Natural Area is environmentally and financially reckless.   Inadequate information, namely an inflated water demand estimate and inaccurate estimates of dredging costs and returns, has led to this decision, casting it as a false choice to suffer drought, OR compromise our rivers, OR clear cut and flood our forest at Ragged Mountain.  City residents will pay the price of this plan for years to come in the form of higher water/sewer bills, lower water quality, and the loss of significant city assets including land at Ragged Mountain Natural Area and the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir.  We want City Council to develop our water plan (supply and sewage) based on accurate and timely information, not false premises.  


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    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Downey CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      After comparing the dam and dredge-first approaches, looking at capacity, likely future demand, and cost, I prefer the Dredge-first option.

      • over 3 years ago

      The Ragged Mountains and the Reservoir are a jewel for Charlottesville and Albemarle. Please make the right decision!

      • over 3 years ago

      The Ragged Mountain Natural Area is the most sacred place in greater Charlottesville. It has changed my life and enhanced the lives of so many others. It is an integral and delicate part of our local ecosystem, and one of our last chances to protect something so special, so close to home. My deepest prayers go to the consecration of this hallowed place on earth.

    • Stephen Jamme CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      I support redirecting the funds that are slated to be used for the Ragged Mt. Dam upgrade and the cross city pipeline. I suggest the following: 1) aggressive water conservation efforts, 2) dredging the existing Rivanna river reservoir 3) careful monitoring and reduction of silt producing activity (development, livestock overgrazing, livestock in streams, etc.) in the existing watershed of the Rivanna River reservoir. We have a water storage facility, use it correctly.

    • Pamela Bartlett CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      PLEASE reconsider dredging first. It's the right thing to do.


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