In 2017 our Sweepers will continue working Virginia’s rivers by addressing the upper Rappahannock in three counties: Rappahannock, Fauquier and Culpeper. We will begin at Route 29/15 near Remington and continue to the confluence with the Rapidan. In 2018 we will begin at the headwaters and work our way back down to Route 29/15.
We require river access from landowners to get on and off the water and to remove trash. If you have land along the river and are able to offer access please contact Debbie Manzari, Program Manager at 540-672-2542 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also need some additional financial support as we have a gap of about $9,000 we would like to cover. We appreciate contributions of any amount which can be made via our secure website below.
Clinch River, Russell County, Virginia
We will expand our service area to Southwest Virginia and the Clinch River, home to Virginia’s newest designated State Park.
The Project Manager will be responsible for on-water management of seasonal staff to complete ecological assessment and cleanup of rivers as well as general project coordination: outreach to landowners for river access, report writing and training of seasonal staff.
Planning and organization
Real-time problem solving
Wilderness First Aid and CPR
Knowledge of legal and risk management issues related to outdoor construction work on waterways
Strong leadership and supervision abilities
Management and team building
Detail oriented, creative, and flexible
Valid driver’s license with no negative incidents and experience driving a truck and hauling a trailer
Resource Management, Environmental Science, or Outdoor Education background experience
Presentation and Spreadsheet Software, Google Earth, GIS (preferred)
Must be 18 years of age and able to lift 50-80 pounds daily
Brian and Stanley Morris from Greene County will be working with StreamSweepers to soon begin removal of large debris items from the Robinson, Rapidan, and Hughes Rivers. More information as this project progresses here and at StreamSweepers on Facebook.
This summer we have uncovered over 25 sites with trash too large to be floated out on our canoes in the three rivers we cleaned (Hughes, Rapidan and Robinson Rivers). We are going to need to hire contractors with heavy equipment to remove these items. This additional expense was not included in our budget. Our Sweepers did a great job this summer and they really don’t like leaving anything behind.
Please consider a donation to fund the removal of these large items – culverts, extra heavy tires, diesel storage tank, dangerous metal objects and more. We estimate the total cost to remove these items to be $20,000 with $10,000 of this amount provided through pro-bono (match) services by our contractors.
You can make a general donation, or you can “Adopt” a specific site by clicking and donating from that image or by using the secure donation link below. Some of this stuff has been in our rivers for decades, rusting, and leaking oil and other substances. It’s time to get it out. Thanks for making our rivers safe for our friends, family members, visitors, and of course wildlife.
Last week, the Orange County Review covered StreamSweeper’s 2016 season and the continued dumping into our rivers. The article focused on dumping of tires and household junk (mattresses, dresser, television, etc.) since the river was cleaned just 2 years ago. The article also highlighted the remaining trash sites too large to be floated out with canoes. To learn more about our efforts to remove these large trash sites, click here.
Our fleet has expanded by one boat, thanks to the generosity of Joe Pipik. Soon this newly donated boat will have the StreamSweeper logo stenciled on it along with it’s name “Cuyahoga”, in honor of Joe and the river he’s spent time canoeing on. Many thanks Joe, we will put this boat to good use and think of you as we go about our work!
We have a great crew this summer. After spending a very long week learning all the science (social and physical) behind the StreamSweepers program, caring for each in other in mock first aid scenarios during Wilderness First Aid training, and learning how to identify macro invertebrates, invasive plant species and dangerous river hazards they began work on the Hughes River. The first time river health assessment and cleaning of this beautiful river has been completed from Route 231 to Reva Road.
We opted to float as much of the river as possible before the mid-summer low water level set in so we began mid-river. We spent a few days dragging boats and walking with some intermittent floating and were encouraged by the support of riverside landowners and the beauty and solitude of the Hughes. We found about a dozen tires, tents, tarps, a cattle feed trough, a table top, some bottles and cans, metal signs, buckets, shopping basket, barbecue grate, floats, tarps, tent, chair, large plastic tub, a hose and other small items. Boaters should be alerted to the car embedded in the bank as it protrudes into the stream channel.
We will begin next Monday to assess and clean the upper stretch beginning just outside the park boundary. We will be alongside the road at several locations and invite you to stop by and say hello. When we’ve completed the assessment and cleanup on the Hughes we will move to the Robinson headwaters to provide a first time assessment down to Route 231.
For the past few weeks after finishing the lower portion of the Hughes we’ve been working on maintenance cleaning of the Rapidan and Robinson Rivers. We’re basically removing anything we may have previously missed and anything new that has appeared.
Enjoy some photos from the Hughes (any ideas whose paw print that is)?
2016 StreamSweepers Meet with Staff of Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine in DC
The 2016 crew had a great opportunity last month to visit with Senator Mark Warner and his staff as well as the staff of Senator Tim Kaine. The Senators’ staff offered several ideas on how we can expand services throughout Virginia and into the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. They are in agreement that there needs to be a public-private partnership to restore Virginia’s rivers and we look forward to working with them to increase the capacity of StreamSweepers to reach beyond the Piedmont. It was a great day to be a StreamSweeper!