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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?”
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.
Guv,!E”The Rivanna RamblerGuv,!Vkj airs weekly from 11:55am-noon on WTJU 91.1 and is produced and recorded by Leslie Middleton.
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 MoormanGuv,!v,,us 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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Guv,!E”The Rivanna RamblerGuv,!Vkj 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.