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Caroline County Board of Supervisors Votes to Approve Funds for Mattaponi River Clean-up Youth Job Training and Employment Program

The Mattaponi River Clean-up Youth Job Training and Employment Program will offer many benefits to Caroline County including stewardship, job training and environmental awareness for the young adults employed.  Removal of trash and an inventory report will enhance the Mattaponi as resource for the community and offer additional opportunities to leverage this resource.  StreamSweepers will […]

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StreamSweepers Hires Mary “Maddie” Gordon as Clinch River On Water Manager

Maddie graduated from St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Virginia in 2007 where she participated with Team Estonoa helping build the Estonoa Wetlands Learning Center. Maddie attended Maryville College, in Maryville, Tennessee and graduated in 2011 with my B.A. in Business, minor in Psychology, and concentration in Appalachian Studies. She even took fly fishing […]

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Phase I Upper Rappahannock Cleanup Work Nears Completion

3/4 of the 20 mile cleanup of the Upper Rappahannock River has been completed. Remaining is the most difficult section, from Rappahannock River Campground to the confluence. Thanks to all the helpful riverside landowners, DGIF staff with the Phelps Wildlife Management Area, City of Fredericksburg staff, and backers including the Dominion Foundation, and Piedmont Community […]

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StreamSweepers Summer Assessment and Cleaning Work Now Underway in the Upper Rappahannock

StreamSweepers are now working the Upper Rappahannock River near historic Kelly’s Ford in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) Staff at Phelps Wildlife Management Area and with the Inn at Kelly’s Ford. Thanks to staff Phelps and the Inn for all their help. Reconn has identified hundreds of items of […]

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StreamSweepers Hires Jeanine Meerscheidt as Rappahannock River On Water Manager

StreamSweepers has hired Jeanine Meerscheidt as Rappahannock River On Water Manager for the Summer of 2017. Jeanine was a Civil Affairs Medical Operations Sergeant, U.S. Army Reserves, 2007-2012. She is Phi Betta Kappa with a B.S. in Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master of Science in Special Education, focused on learning […]

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StreamSweepers Volunteer Corps and Partners Complete Volunteer Cleanups in Scott-Wise, Fauquier, and Caroline Counties of Virginia

Last month, StreamSweepers Volunteer Corps with Partners completed 3 volunteer river cleanups spanning Southwest Virginia to the Northern and Central Piedmont. There were so many folks and organizations involved in this good, meaningful work including U. S. Forest Service, Upper Tennessee Roundtable, SW VA Job Corps, Wise County Litter Control, Coeburn area schools, Highland School, […]

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Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Awards Grant to StreamSweepers to Use Volunteers to Clean Small Streams and Rivers of Culpeper, Fauquier, and Rappahannock Counties, VA

Friday, the Center received a wonderful letter from the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation notifying us that our proposal: StreamSweepers – Restoring the Upper Rappahannock  has been funded. Funds from the Foundation will be used for critically needed equipment infrastructure and for labor needed to create and manage an Earth Month Volunteer Clean-up of portions of […]

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StreamSweepers Begins Removal of Large Junk Items from Banks of Central Virginia Rivers

This week, StreamSweepers staff met with Brian and Stanley Morris of Stanley Morris Excavating to tour the first of several groupings of river junk (tanks, rusting appliances, etc.) too large to float out in our boats. Each of the items/piles tends to need a different removal strategy due to differences in size, distance from bank, […]

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StreamSweepers Adopt a Pile Gets Across the Finish Line in Fashion

Thanks to the generosity of Central Virginia riverside landowners and others, StreamSweepers was able to raise more than 10k in funds to remove trash objects too large to float out in boats (heating oil tank example shown below) from the banks of area rivers. We will be hiring local contractors to begin removal of these […]

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StreamSweepers Adopt a Pile 80% of Way to $10k Goal – Appeal Closes 5 p.m. Today, Friday, October 14

This summer StreamSweepers (Central Virginia, USA) 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 […]

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StreamSweepers 2016 Complete Assessment, Cleaning, and Maintenance of Hughes, Robinson, and Rapidan Rivers, VA

The StreamSweepers 2016 crew has completed Phase I of their work: Ecological Assessment of the entire Hughes River, VA Ecological Assessment of the Upper Robinson River, VA (on mountain bike) Maintenance Cleaning of the Robinson and Rapidan Rivers, VA Phase II begins now through cooperative projects with landowners and Partners to remove large debris and […]

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StreamSweepers Clean Robinson River, VA Dumpsite

Two years ago hundreds of tires were removed from this river in this same area. Sweepers came back here this week to do what they thought would be light maintenance and water quality assessment. Instead they found a room full of furniture dumped literally on the river bank and in the river mile below the […]

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StreamSweepers Finish Assessment and First Time Cleaning of Lower Hughes River, Virginia

Earlier this week, a portion of the StreamSweepers crew finished the first stretch of their 2016 season – the State Scenic Hughes River from Rt. 231 to its confluence with the Hazel River. Next up – the lower Robinson from Banco to Rt. 15.  

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StreamSweepers 2016 Complete Training

Left to right for the crew photo are: Front: Ryan Rankins  Left to Right: Zachary Ray, Debbie Manzari-Program Manager Jack Murray, Conner McGhee, Daniel Squitieri, Mac Klackle & Kira Lander -returning Sweepers from 2015, Austin Garr, Spencer Goodwin, Taylor Dawson, Emily Dieckhoff (not pictured Cody Landridge)

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StreamSweepers Invite Rapidan and Robinson Rivers Landowners to Discuss Comprehensive Wetland Restoration in Floodplains

StreamSweepers has spent years conducting ecological assessments of nearly all of the Rapidan and Robinson River Valleys. Our work complements recent USGS studies showing the Rapidan and Robinson River Valleys as “Ground Zero” for sediment loading to the Ches. Bay from Virginia (as shown below). As ecological entrepreneurs, we see a problem as a business […]

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Help StreamSweepers through Give Local Piedmont Day May 2

Mark your calendars and please share the good news! 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 […]

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BAMA Works Fund Awards StreamSweepers with 2016 Financial Support

The Center for Natural Capital (NatCap) Board of Directors thanks the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation 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 […]

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StreamSweepers Celebrates Completion of Rapidan River at The Arts Center in Orange

An intimate evening gathering of Rapidan and Robinson Rivers, Virginia Landowners and Watershed Supporters celebrated the work of StreamSweepers. The Germanna Foundation received the annual best river booty award for all their help with cleanup – this year a lovely black bowling ball, courtesy of the river bank in the area of Raccoon Ford, signed […]

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StreamSweepers and Friends remove Massive 2100 lb. Tire from Virginia River

Last week, StreamSweepers with Watershed Supporter Dominion Foundation and with the help of the Orange Office Dominion Energy Staff, removed a 2100 lb. tire from the Raccoon Ford area of the Rapidan River. Sweepers worked a half day to extract it from the river but couldn’t finish the job without their Friends.       […]

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StreamSweepers Complete Historic First Cleaning of Major River Valley in Virginia

Today, the 2015 Rapidan StreamSweepers completed assessment and cleaning of the entire length of the Rapidan River – the first time an entire river valley has been comprehensively restored in Virginia. More information in the weeks ahead at the StreamSweepers website. Over $13,000 expended in job training and restoration payroll for 11 Central Virginia College […]

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Welcome to 2015 StreamSweepers

We are fortunate to have hired another amazing group of employees for 2015. We welcome: Michael Klackle Ford Moriarity Whit Hathaway Harvard Smith Kira Lander Cole Reeves (2nd year) Jordan Lee (3rd hear) Griffin Rice (3rd year) Stephen Housel Austin Rath Emilie Schweikert They’ve had a great week of training with Center for Natural Capital […]

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Debbie Manzari Promoted to StreamSweepers Program Manager

Effective May 1, StreamSweepers Outreach Manager Debbie Manzari was promoted to StreamSweepers Program Manager. In this new position, Debbie will supervise all on-water activities, manage outreach to landowners and the general public, enroll corporate and citizen watershed supporters, and plan for partnership-based expansion of the service in the mid-atlantic region.

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StreamSweepers Receives Commendation from Virginia General Assembly

At the Orange County Chamber of Commerce 91st Annual Award Banquet, 30th District Delegate Ed Scott and 17th District Delegate Bryce Reeves presented Center for Natural Capital Board Member David Perdue with a Joint Resolution from the Virginia General Assembly Commending StreamSweepers.  

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Duke Merrick Band to Play at StreamSweepers 2015 Kickoff Party at Grelen in beautiful Somerset, VA

The Duke Merrick Band has agreed to join with the Center for Natural Capital, The Market at Grelen, and many other local businesses and organizations to create a fun and dance filled evening Fundraiser for StreamSweepers to complete the cleaning and assessment of the entire main stem of the Rapidan River Valley from Shenandoah National […]

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CNC Hires StreamSweepers Outreach Managers Loretta Larned and Debbie Manzari

The Center for Natural Capital has hired Debbie Manzari and Loretta Larned for two new Outreach Manager positions specifically for the StreamSweepers River Maintenance and Restoration Job Corps program. Debbie and Loretta make a great team working together to enroll Virginia landowners in this award winning service providing paid training and employment to the young […]

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Sweepers remove large rusting tank from Robinson River

The Robinson River crew identified several large tanks in the river during the 2014 season. After months of planning, Sweepers removed one of them a recent frigid morning just after the new year, leaving the river bank in much improved condition (see below for before and after images). Learn more about this clean up project […]

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StreamSweepers Seeks Landowner Outreach Manager

StreamSweepers is a nationally recognized river maintenance service staffed by young adults from Virginia. StreamSweepers is a workforce development program of the Center for Natural Capital, a growing non-profit company using business to heal nature. Center employees work within a horizontal structure, equally sharing the risks and rewards of their entrepreneurial journey. We’re looking for […]

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Center receives major financial support for StreamSweepers Job Corps Program

The Center’s StreamSweepers Job Corps received generous financial support from an anonymous donor on January 1. On just the first day of 2015, this support brings this program 10% of the way to its goal of $150,000 in landowner fees and watershed philanthropy to Sweep 80 miles of Virginia rivers this year. More information is […]

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Center launches new StreamSweepers.org website

With many Partners, the Center last week launched a standalone website for it’s award winning StreamSweepers Job Corps program. The new address, www.streamsweepers.org, contains all the reports and documentaries for 2013 and 2014 work. In the weeks ahead, content on the site will continue to be added, along with other information including plans for voluntary, […]

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Tickets for StreamSweepers Celebration at Historic Rapidan Mill Now on Sale

  Hundreds of tires, thousands and thousands of lbs. of trash, 40 miles of river property frontage assessments, and now it’s time to thank our customers and watershed backers. We couldn’t have done this without you. This is for you – what we hope is a fitting thank you – on the river – Saturday […]

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Local Media features Robison River Cleanup in Story

NBC affliliate Dateline 29 News traveled to Madison, Virginia yesterday to spend time with the StreamSweepers as they continued their work to remove hundreds of tires and other trash from this beautiful stretch of river.  NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

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Center Receives Major Financial Support from Dominion Foundation

In support of Rapidan and Robinson River Valleys, Virginia maintenance and restoration and the job creation and training provided, the Dominion Foundation has provided the Center with significant financial support for 2014. The press release announcing this exciting development is below: Students Ride the River for the Environment in Summer Jobs Program Center for Natural […]

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Center receives National Award for Program

Last week, CNC received a notification that it’s river maintenance and restoration job corps program, StreamSweepers, has been selected as a 2014 National Award Recipient – Sanctioned Event of the Year from the American Canoe Association (ACA). Staff from the Center hope to travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to accept on behalf of StreamSweepers Landowners […]

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StreamSweepers Partners with Historic Rapidan Mill LLC to Throw Party for Landowners and 2014 Supporters

An agreement has been reached between the Center and Rapidan Mill LLC for a celebration of the work completed by the Rapidan and Robinson Rivers StreamSweepers during the 2014 season. To be held Saturday, September 20, from 6-10 p.m., the celebration is a  thank you for all landowners and watershed Supporters. The celebration will also […]

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StreamSweepers Completes 20 miles of Rapidan River Valley Assessment, Analysis, and Clean-up

The first team of StreamSweepers 2014 has completed work on the main stem of the Rapidan River from Madison Mills (Rt. 15) to downstream of Rt. 522. New advanced protocols were created for river valley assessments (landscape and water quality), and rendering of analyses. The Robinson crew is now on the river and will continue […]

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Center Hires 13 StreamSweepers Staff for 2014

StreamSweepers On-water Manager Beth Seale recently completed hiring 11 Sweepers and also has promoted two 2013 Sweepers to the new position of Riparian Analyst. Beth says, “I’m looking forward to working with such an incredible staff.  Each of these young people is filled with so much enthusiasm for what StreamSweepers is doing. For them it […]

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Center Board Selects StreamSweeper 2014 River Stretches

The Center for Natural Capital Board of Directors has approved river reaches to be swept for 2014. Continuing where they left off last year (shown in red), Sweepers will complete an additional 20 miles of the Rapidan River from Rt. 15 to beyond 522 (shown in dark blue). In addition, another roughly 20 miles of […]

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Center for Natural Capital 2013 Year End Review

 Dear Friend of the Center: There’s a lot of talk today about the need for big projects for big change. At the Center, we’ve begun to think our best hope is the passionate heart of one youth at time. That’s why in 2013 we launched our youth Job Corps programming, piloting StreamSweepers in the headwaters […]

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StreamSweeper 2013 Landowner and Friends of Rapidan StreamSweepers Report Now Available

The 2013 StreamSweeper report for Madison and Orange County landowners along the Rapidan River, from the Greene County line to Rt. 15, is now available. The report contains the following information: Background & Acknowledgements StreamSweeper Business Model Project Deliverables 2013 Landowner Identification and River Segment Selection 2013 Plan and Budget Preparation Financial and Administrative Resource […]

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