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File #: 23-221    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agreement/Contracts Status: Consent Agenda
File created: 3/20/2023 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 5/17/2023 Final action:
Title: Beaver Creek Dam Supplemental Watershed Plan Agreement
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Beaver Creek Dam Watershed Work Plan Agreement (1960), 2. Att.B - Beaver Creek Dam Supplemental Watershed Plan Agreement Amendment (2023)
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AGENDA DATE: 5/17/2023

Beaver Creek Dam Supplemental Watershed Plan Agreement

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Approval of proposed Beaver Creek Dam Supplemental Watershed Plan Agreement

ITEM TYPE: Consent Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Rosenberg, Herrick, Stewart

PRESENTER (S): Lance Stewart, Andy Herrick


REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority (RWSA) operates the Beaver Creek Dam (the Dam) and Reservoir (the Reservoir) as the sole drinking water supply for the Crozet Area. The Dam, located on Albemarle County property, was constructed in 1963 under the authority of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act and was administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The project was sponsored at that time by the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. The 1960 Watershed Work Plan Agreement and 1963 Supplemental Watershed Work Plan Agreement (Supplement No. 1) (collectively, Attachment A) designate these two sponsors as "Sponsoring Local Organizations" (SLO's or sponsors).

In the years since the Dam was completed, RWSA has assumed rights and responsibilities for operation and maintenance of the Dam and pumping facilities. Albemarle County retains ownership of the property surrounding the Reservoir and Dam. Changes to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Impounding Structures Regulations prompted a change in hazard classification of the Beaver Creek Dam from Significant Hazard to High Hazard. With this change in hazard classification, the Dam now requires an upgrade to increase the capacity of the Dam's spillway. To address this requirement, with funding and support from NRCS, the RWSA has developed a Supplemental Watershed Work Plan-Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) for the rehabilitation of the Dam. The draft Plan-EA is currently under re...

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