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Rivanna Rambler #119: Fernbrook Natural Area hosts winter landscapes and much more

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Feb 032009
 

Fernbrook Natural Area in northern Albemarle County near Stony Brook is host of images of death, decay, and resurrection in the flora and fauna of the Piedmont woods. On the January 15, 2009 edition of the Rivanna Rambler, Leslie Middleton takes the listener on a journey through the natural area. Visit the Rivanna Rambler podcast site for more.

Rivanna Ramber #118: You, Me and Stormwater

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Jan 092009
 

The City of Charlottesville, along with Albemarle County, UVA, and PVCC, are all submitted renewal applications for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) General Permit for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4’s).  The permit describes how these entities will manage stormwater in their jurisdictions, but much of the management really rests on you and me and how we manage the stormwater that we create because of our modern lifestyle.

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Rivanna Rambler #101: Mud!

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Sep 052008
 

A trip down to Rivanna Mills and the James after a high flow gives an opportunity to experience this first had (or first foot, one might say). This segment originally aired in the first season of the Rivana Rambler (July 2006) and has been updated with current information.

This show originally aired in September 4, 2008 on “The Rivanna Rambler,” a weekly public affairs show airing every Thursday at 11:55 a.m. on WTJU 91.1 FM or wtju.net

Rivanna Rambler #77: Just Birding Around

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Feb 012008
 

Bird-watching, like other outdoor pastimes that have a specific focus, provides another lens through which to see and understand a watershed. This week, the Rambler joins the Monticello Bird Club for a morning tour of sites in northern Albemarle County.

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This show originally aired on January 31, 2008 on “The Rivanna Rambler”, a weekly public affairs show airing every Thursday at 11:55 a.m. on WTJU 91.1 FM

Rambler #77: Digging Deep at Ragged Mountain

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Jan 292008
 

On a bright afternoon during a warm spell earlier in the month, I was part of a group of Ivy Creek Foundation visitors gathered on a hillside above the wooded valley below the Ragged Mountain Dam. We were there to take a look at the drilling operation, part of the geotechnical studies being undertaken by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority in preparation for expansion of this drinking water reservoir.

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This show originally aired on January 24, 2008 on “The Rivanna Rambler, a weekly public affairs show airing every Thursday at 11:55 a.m. on WTJU 91.1 FM or wtju.net.

#68 The Old Mill Trail Below Pantops is for Everyone

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Dec 162007
 

The Rivanna at Pantops shows modest buffer in the summertime. Old Mill Trail starts at the bridge on the county side.

“The Rivanna Rambler” airs weekly from 11:55 am-noon on WTJU 91.1 and ithis episode is from December 13, 2007.

#67 An Extension of Rivanna State Scenic River Designation?

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Dec 062007
 

This week, the Rambler reports on a trip on the South Fork from below the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir to Riverview Park in Charlottesville in preparation for a site visit by the VA Department of Conservation & Recreation, which is gathering information about this stretch of the river. Sightings of bald eagle and the attempt to capture the moment by camera lead to thoughts about ” what’s in a designation, after all?”

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“The Rivanna Rambler” airs weekly from 11:55 am-noon on WTJU 91.1 and ithis episode is from December 6, 2007.

Rivanna Rambler: Shipboard Water Conservation

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Nov 302007
 

For Show #51 (July 26, 2007): Shipboard Water Conservation: In the wake of RWSA’s invocation of Drought Alert for the community, lessons about water conservation might be learned from those who go to sea in sailing ships.

“The Rivanna Rambler” airs weekly from 11:55am-noon on WTJU 91.1 and is produced and recorded by Leslie Middleton.

Rivanna Rambler #66: Encounter along South Fork Moormans River

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Nov 222007
 

A chance — but silent — encounter between two hikers along the South Fork Moorman’s River results in some special realizations.

I cannot hear the stream below me on the left as I ascend the fire road along the South Fork of the Moorman’s River above Sugar Hollow Reservoir. The only sound I hear is the rush of wind funneling briskly down its own course of this steep valley in the Rivanna headwaters.

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“The Rivanna Rambler” airs weekly from 11:55 am-noon on WTJU 91.1 and is produced and recorded by Leslie Middleton. This episode (#66) originally aired on November 22, 2007.

Rivanna Rambler #65: Autumn on the Rivanna: The Long View

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Nov 082007
 

At the time of year when everything is transforming in preparation for winter, an autumn afternoon on the Rivanna provides an opportunity to exercise — especially the capacity for vision.

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“The Rivanna Rambler” airs weekly from 11:55 am-noon on WTJU 91.1 and is produced and recorded by Leslie Middleton. This episode (#65) originally aired on November 8, 2007.

Nov 022007
 

The water level at Sugar Hollow Reservoir provides a local context for understanding new information about the rate of climate change. Read the rest of this entry on at the Rivanna Rambler blog.

“The Rivanna Rambler” airs weekly from 11:55 am-noon on WTJU 91.1 and is produced and recorded by Leslie Middleton. This episode (#64) originally aired on November 1, 2007.

Oct 182007
 

A walk along the trail at Smith Roach Gap in Shenandoah National Park in Greene County provides food for thought about who really owns this corner of high country in the Rivanna watershed.

“The Rivanna Rambler” airs weekly from 11:55 am-noon on WTJU 91.1 and is produced and recorded by Leslie Middleton. This episode (#63) originally aired on October 18, 2007. Read the story on the Rivanna Rambler’s blog.