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File #: 20-550    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Information Only Status: Consent Agenda (no vote)
File created: 10/23/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 11/18/2020 Final action:
Title: Stream Health Initiative Update
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Stream Health Initiative Engagement Summary and Timeline
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AGENDA DATE: 11/18/2020

Stream Health Initiative Update

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Update to the Board on the project timeline and public engagement approach for the second phase of the Stream Health Initiative, focused on the Rural Areas.

ITEM TYPE: Consent Information Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Filardo, McCulley, Rapp, Maliszewski, Biasiolli


LEGAL REVIEW: Not Required

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: In 2017, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to develop strategies for improving stream health in the county; this project is referred to as the Stream Health Initiative. A public engagement effort in 2017-2018 involved three stakeholder meetings, focused on development, conservation, and farming/forestry, as well as public meetings and surveys to reach the wider community. These efforts generated thoughtful discussion, as well as a recognition of the broad scope of the project, ultimately resulting in the division of the initiative into two phases. Phase I has focused on development-related issues and strategies for improving stream health. Thirteen specific proposals were developed, some of which have been implemented; work on others is ongoing. Phase II of the Stream Health Initiative will be focused on rural area issues and land uses, and on developing strategies for improving stream health in the Rural Areas. A public engagement effort is planned in order to build on what was learned in 2017, and to focus on solutions supported by the communities, landowners, and organizations that live and work in Albemarle's Rural Areas.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Natural Resources Stewardship: Thoughtfully protect and manage Albemarle County's ecosystems and natural resources in both the rural and development areas to safeguard the quality of life of current and future generations.

DISCUSSION: A summary report is provided as Attachment A, which outlines the project timeline and public...

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