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Rivanna Forests to Faucets

F2F 2013 Update

Over the summer, the Center will work to request that Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville ask the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority to study the use of Green Infrastructure along with Grey Infrastructure Capital Expenditures for least cost solutions to extend reservoir lifetime. A briefing paper for elected and appointed officials, and staff has been prepared.

Green Infrastructure Capital Expenditure Study 8-22-13 FINAL

Rivanna Forests to Faucets remains an ongoing Payments for Watershed Services Initiative in the Rivanna River Basin of Virginia.

An OIE Version 2 Tool has been completed as well as the 2012 F2F Interim Report.

F2F 2012 Update

Conserv is working to begin spring beta testing of Version 1 of the OIE tool.

F2F 2011 Update

This year, staff will be working on the Optimum Infrastructure Expenditure (OIE) Model for the F2F project. The OIE initiative will estimate the cost of water supply related environmental services restoration achieved through natural and built infrastructure. Four water supply related environmental services will be examined – nitrogen, phosphorus, soil, and groundwater base flow. For each of these, the cost of conservation practices vs. dredging to achieve sediment reduction in the South Fork Rivanna River Reservoir (SFRR) Watershed will be compared. Ultimately, the study will develop a generic process for water supply utility managers to optimize their operations to achieve the most cost effective gallon of drinking drinking water.

About F2F

F2F is a three year initiative to study financial linkages between rural landowners that provide water supply related environmental services and urban water consumers in the City of Charlottesville and the Urban Areas of Albemarle County that use these services in the South Fork Rivanna River Reservoir Watershed.

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc., awarded the Virginia Department of Forestry a $400,000.00 grant to study the link between urban water consumers and rural landowners. The program provides funds to landowners to improve water-resources related stewardship practices. To provide program support, Conserv was awarded a 3 year contract from the Department in 2010 to provide services for this initiative.