RACC is involved in many projects through the efforts of its members, board and staff. Contact RACC if you would like to get invovled in any of these issues. More help is always needed. Click on any project to see recent information, and then where available, click the "More information....." link for a separate page on the issue.
Involved since the beginning, RACC is continuing its effort to protect and maintain the House Mountain Preserve
A 42" high pressure natural gas pipeline to transmit gas from the fracked Marcellus Shale wells in WV to tidewater for export and to power plants in VA and NC (overview map from Dominion ACP map website)
A recently proposed alternative route (Feb 12, 2016) runs through neighboring Highland, Bath, Augusta and Nelson Counties including more of the Maury River headwaters in the Deerfield Valley.
A Rockbridge resident questions the legality of the new transmission towers marring the Rockbridge landscape. Contact RACC for information or to help with this effort.
Additonal information and updates on the Dominion Transmission Line
New in Feb 2017, a Climate Change Module by Fred Fevrier gives information about climate change and what you can do.
RACC was honored to host a talk about Climate Change by Dr. William F. Ruddiman on April 5,2016 in Lexington. Co-hosts were the Geology Department of Washington and Lee University and the Lexington chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). The topic of his presentation was “Global Warming: Evidence and Origin”
Bill RuddimanWikepedia EntryUVA website
The April 25, 2016 talk is introduced by Lee Merrill, co-president of RACC
RACC is pleased to be able to make this talk public.
Virginia Author and Visiting Senior Research Scholar at the University of Richmond Stephen Nash will give a public talk entitled: Local Climate Change
Sept 22, 2016, at 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM at the Stackhouse Theatre at Washington and Lee University. In 2014, he published "Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests"
Following the very successful Rockbridge Solar Coop when many new Rockbridge homes were fitted with new solar arrays, a new solar coop has formed that includes a greater part of the valley and neighboring highlands. A group of people will sign up as interested in solar, a bid will be solicted and then invidual proposals to homeonwners will follow. Benefit from group savings!
March 2016, new volunteers for quaterly benthic macroinvertebrate sampling are signing up and being trained now! Next training will be later this spring when the rivers recede a bit. Contact RACC for more information.
monitoring Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) progress on local waterways
Acting on water quality implications of two large energy projects: the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) plans for a large diameter gas pipeline crossing the Maury River headwaters and the Rocky Forge Wind Power Station in Botetourt County near the Rockbridge County Line.
support groups that are working to preserve water quality during construction.
Contributing to the Rockbridge County 2017 Comprehensive Plan with two potential lines of investigation
The "Litter Challenge" sponsored by Rockbridge County, will award the Litter Cup (designed by Mark Cline) to the group that collects the most bags. The "Trash Bashers" won the cup in 2016 by collecting more than 60 bags worth of roadside trash. Can your group beat them this year?
Thanks to all the groups and individuals that participated in 2016. Approximately 270 people collected over 560 bags worth of trash. That's about 6 tons of roadside garbage we won't have to look at.
In an essay or media presentation, students were asked to describe a natural setting in Rockbridge County that has special meaning for them and to consider how its value can be protected in the years to come. The contest, which carried a cash award of $500 for first place and two $250 honorable mentions, was open to juniors and seniors living in the county and participating in an accredited high school program.
2012 Competition: Nothing Wasted
The 2012 topic was "Nothing wasted: explore your feelings and insights concerning which Rockbridge area natural resources are most critical to conserve for our future health and welfare" and drew participation from area high schools, and with the generous support of Auto Recyclers LLC in Buena Vista.
Winner: David Tilson, a senior at Rockbridge County High School.
Nothing Wasted: The Importance of Conserving Wildlife movie(wmv)pdf
Honorable mention awards went to RCHS junior Asa Cohen and Lucas Wheeler, a senior at Parry McCluer High School.
Lucas Wheeler - Rockbridge County’s Natural Resources movie(wmv)pdf
The Zero Waste Advocacy Committee is hosting a list serve intended to to match those in the Rockbridge Area that regularly or intermittently generate organic surplus or waste that must be removed such as restaurants, grocery stores, food banks with those that have resource recovery uses for this material in activities such as gardening, composting, and raising livestock.
Also, surplus produce and or seeds from family gardens can find those that would would value these.