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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
    • See the House Moutain Video from the RACC Annual Meeting by Steven M. Shire
    • General information on House Mountain, including the House Mountain Story
    • RACC files suit for Declaratory Judgment on House Mountain agreements. Press Release
    • RACC responds to VOF resolution eliminating House Mountain management agreements. Press Release

    • Friends of Wintergreen submit comments to FERC requesting study of new route through Rockbridge County

    • June 17, 2016 ACP submits adjustments to GWNF 6 alternate route
      map here from FERC documents site
    • Comments June 02, 2016 to FERC on Alternative Route
    • What is it?
      • 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.

        Image from Preserve Craig County
    • What's new
      • April 2016 Forest Service approves ACP surveys of on Forests.
      • February 16, 2016 New economic study suggest pipeline counties bear tremendous economic and environmental costs
      • February 12, 2016 Dominion announces new alternative route through Highland, Bath, and Augusta counties
      • February 2016 VA Sierra Club study shows net gain in greenhouse gas emissions link
      • February 2016 two bills in VA legislature committees impacting pipeline; erosion and survey access rights. link both were defeated in committee (scroll down to 2nd page)
      • January 2016 US Forest Service rejects proposed route link link
      • December 2015 FERC requests study of more southern route and co-location with utilities along with other requests for information link
    • More information...



    • 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 Entry UVA 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
      on 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"
    • more information here

    • Update February 5- - - You still have time to go solar! Learn about solar power and sign up on line to become a member of the co-op. Visit the RASC webpage, sponsored by VA SUN and the Community Power Network – http://www.vasun.org/rockbridge-county-solar-co-op/
      Churches, schools and municipal governments can join and so can farms and small businesses which can access programs to further reduce the cost of a solar installation Sigora Solar of Waynesboro was chosen by a group of co-op members to be the installer.  Co-op members will be contacted by Sigora to set up site visits.  After the visit a proposal will be made and, if accepted by the co-op member within 30 days, a contract between the member and Sigora will be signed.  Construction of the first installations may begin in April
    • Tentative Schedule
      • Deadline for New Sign Ups: March 31st
      • Deadline for Site visits to be complete April 30th
      • Deadline for proposal to be issued May 16th
      • Deadline for all signed contracts June 17th
      • Final Installs of group complete August 31st
      • Celebration party After the last installation is complete
    • Questions? Contact Aaron aaron@vasun.org , Chris 540 784 9258 or Bob 703 772 9373
    • More information ...

    • Maury River Volunteer Monitoring Program
      • 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.
        enter maury river monitor data
    • monitoring Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) progress on local waterways
      • Hays/Walker/Otts/Moffat (NBSWCD considering grant)
      • Buffalo/Colliers/Cedar (implementation ending soon)
      • Woods Creek (DEQ begins planning soon)
      • Little Calfpasture (implementation planned but not begun)
        more information
    • Working to improve water quality in the Little Calfpasture and Maury River downstream of the Goshen Scout Reservation and Goshen Dam
    • 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.
      • baseline monitoring
    • Contributing to the Rockbridge County 2017 Comprehensive Plan with two potential lines of investigation
      • groundwater/wellhead protection
      • sinkhole hazard/karst overlay zone
    • More information ...
    • contact Daphne Raz or Sandra Stuart, co-chairs with questions or to volunteer to get involved..


    • The 23rd Cleanup event will place Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, April 2 2017. Cosponsored by RACC, Rockbridge County and VDOT. Click for a map of locations.
    • 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.
    • Hope to see you out there again this year.
    • Q's? Info? Contact: David Harbor or cleanup@rockbridgeconservation.org

    • coordinating efforts with local governments and the Central Shenandoah Planning District to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation in the county
    • Contact Joan Manley or David Walsh

Past Projects
    • RACC and the Valley Conservation Council formed the Friends of Natural Bridge, a group dedicated to seeing the Natural Bridge of Virginia and surrounding land become a Virginia State Park. 
    • More information here.

    • 2013 Competition: A Special Place
      • 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.
      • Winnners:
    • 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.
    • If you are in any of these categories, consider joining, posting and or reviewing the contents at http://groups.google.com/group/organic-connections-rockbridge?msg=new&lnk=gcis
    • For further information contact Eli Fishpaw (belifishpaw@rockbridge.net or 463-7001)