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!
Maria Pace graciously designed this amazing artwork on behalf of StreamSweepers for the 2016 season. During the ecological assessment phase of their work, StreamSweepers count the River Chub Minnow nests they find in the riverbed (check out this video of chub making a nest).
Maria’s “minnows” are just a glimmer of the nature inspired art she creates daily. It’s wonderful to walk past her storefront when one can’t be out enjoying nature as Maria brings nature to us through her work. Her designs are printed on everything from dish towels to wall paper and nightgowns. To see more of Maria’s work you can look at her website, but better yet, stop by her store and you’ll get to meet a wonderful person. Thanks Maria!
StreamSweepers 2016 note cards and t-shirts are available for purchase by calling our office at (540) 672-2542. They will be available at the Picnic this Sunday, May 22nd. Supporters who donate $100 will receive a set of note cards and those who donate $250 will receive a t-shirt.
Join us for a picnic lunch in the Restored Barn at Rounton Farm on Sunday May 22nd from Noon – 2 pm. Meet your fellow riverside landowners and join the conversation on floodplain restoration options for properties of any size. Learn about our new endeavors, including a partnership with Virginia Working Landscapes of the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute .
Lunch catered by Elmwood at Sparks and music provided by Scuffletown. Please register by May 10th by calling Debbie at (540) 672-2542 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also purchase tickets below on our secure service ($20 each).
Since 2013, StreamSweepers has assessed and cleaned the entire Rapidan and most of the Robinson River. We’ve developed first-hand knowledge of what the greatest prospects are for increasing the health of these rivers and we look forward to sharing this information with you. See you on the 22nd! Register Now
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE AND SHARE THIS OPPORTUNITY – GIVE LOCAL PIEDMONT EXTENDED UNTIL 7PM TONIGHT!
This coming Tuesday, May 3, is Give Local Piedmont — a day to support the local non-profit organizations that strengthen and enrich our communities.
Give Local Piedmont empowers every person to give back to their local community by supporting the organizations they care about with donations of $10 or more. Last year, nearly 3/4 of a million dollars was raised through Give Local Piedmont for the 135 participating groups, in just one day!
Donations will be amplified with ongoing awards (power hours 6-7 am, 12-1 pm, 7-8pm) and bonus prizes . Again this year, the PATH Foundation (formerly the Fauquier Health Foundation) has agreed to match funds up to $100,000, so make sure you donate early in the day (starts at 12:01 am) to guarantee your contribution will be included in this match.
Please share this link and support StreamSweepers to train and employ our local youth to do the hard and important work of cleaning our rivers. Thanks!
StreamSweepers and the Center for Natural Capital, its parent group, and its Board of Directors thanks the Charlottesville Area Community Foundations Dave Mathews Band BAMA Works Fund for selecting StreamSweepers to receive financial assistance for 2016 Central Virginia river cleaning, assessment, and maintenance work. “Rivers are our life blood –thanks for supporting the continuous cleansing of them”, noted our Chairman Ed Bain upon hearing of the Foundation’s award.
We really appreciate the support of this wonderful foundation. Go BAMA!
In 2015 StreamSweepers finished the promise begun 3 years ago to train and employ dozens of local young adults to sweep up garbage from the historic Rapidan River – all the way from Shenandoah National Park to Fredericksburg. This unprecedented achievement is the first time a corps of local high school and college students has comprehensively cleaned and assessed the health of an entire river valley in Virginia history. These Sweepers are paid and insured employees and not volunteers . Their salaries are paid by “customers” or riverside landowners and donors that care about meaningful young adult employment opportunities and their local rivers.
As we prepare to store our boats and equipment for winter, we’ve dreamed of what might lie ahead for the 2016 season. After years of river work, we now know that ongoing maintenance is needed because as unbelievable as it sounds, people continue to use our rivers as a dump. Therefore, we propose to transition to river maintenance, with Sweepers completing “light cleaning” of the 100 miles of both rivers in their entirety– in just one season! This is in contrast to the “deep cleaning” of past years, where we were only able to finish 40 miles in a season. Maintenance is also needed because we now know that tires and other trash leach harmful chemicals and our rivers are drinking water sources for thousands of Virginians. We also hope to tackle the beautiful Hughes River (a Virginia Scenic River) from its origins at Old Rag Mountain in Rappahannock County to its confluence with the Hazel River in Culpeper County.
Please consider supporting our river restoration job corps program by making a tax deductible donation (online link below or by check). StreamSweepers is a program of the Center for Natural Capital, a 501 c-3 charitable organization in Orange, Virginia. And finally, we can never say enough how grateful we are to all the Supporters from past years that make this work possible.