RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT STATE SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATION

FOR THE SOUTH FORK OF THE RIVANNA RIVER AND THE RIVANNA RIVER

FROM THE SOUTH FORK RIVANNA RESERVOIR DAM

TO THE SITE OF THE FORMER WOOLEN MILLS DAM

 

            WHEREAS, the Code of Virginia, pursuant to Title 10.1, Sections 10.1-400 through 10.1-418, provides for a “Scenic Rivers Act” under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; and

 

            WHEREAS, the portion of the Rivanna River from the Woolen Mills dam to the Fluvanna County line is now designated as a State Scenic River; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan, as adopted by the Board of Supervisors, recognizes this existing designation and supports a strategy to pursue additional designations for rivers meeting state criteria; and

 

            WHEREAS, designation of this additional portion of the Rivanna River as a Scenic River would recognize the quality and value of this natural and scenic resource throughout its length from the South Fork Rivanna reservoir dam to the Fluvanna County line; and

 

WHEREAS, on October 31, 2007 by letter to John R. Davy, Director of the Division of Planning and Recreation Resources, the Albemarle County Executive has requested that the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation conduct a study of this portion of the Rivanna River to determine its potential as a State Scenic River; and

 

WHEREAS, on July 17, 2008 by letter to the Albemarle County Executive, John R. Davy, Director of the Division of Planning and Recreation Resources has declared that this portion of the Rivanna River was found to qualify as an extension of the existing designated portion of the Rivanna.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its support for the designation of the Rivanna River from the base of the South Fork Rivanna River reservoir dam to the junction of the South Fork and the North Fork of the Rivanna River (a distance of approximately three miles) and the Rivanna River from the junction of the two forks to the site of the former Woolen Mills dam (a distance of approximately six miles) as a “Scenic River” pursuant to the Scenic Rivers Act, Virginia Code Section 10.1-400 et seq.

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors does hereby respectfully request that the members of the Albemarle County legislative delegation introduce designation legislation to the Virginia General Assembly for approval and designation in the 2009 session.

 

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