THE RIVANNA CONSERVATION SOCIETY INC

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Environment, Sports

Location: PO Box 1501 Charlottesville VA 22902 USA

Mission: Rivanna Conservation Society is dedicated to safeguarding the ecological, scenic, recreational and historic resources of the Rivanna River and its watershed.
Results: Over its 20 year history RCS has facilitated the breaching of the Woolen Mills Dam, has conducted a comprehensive review of the stormwater codes and ordinances of the four major jusdictions, has planted thousands of trees as buffers to protect the river, has sponsored teacher and youth watershed summits, has hosted hundreds of public education forums, has conducted River Sojourns, river paddles and has consistently engaged the public in the care and protection of the river. RCS is also the regional coordinator for the World Water Monitoring Day events.
Target demographics: RCS invites volunteers of every age, gender and ethnicity to participate in the events we sponsor, including river cleanups, buffer plantings, restoration projects, student education events and river paddles.
Programs: Education, Outreach, Restoration, Recreation and Advocacy,

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

RCS is top notch! As a member, I appreciate the information they provide, the programs they offer and the continuing efforts to protect the river. they know what they are doing, and they do it well. What more could you ask for from a community nonprofit? Thank you, Robbi and crew.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Regular educational events are a valuable service to the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wouldn't change a thing ... except find ways to help them raise more funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of the RCS Board of Directors, I have the privilege of routinely witnessing the incredible work this organization manages to do on a shoestring budget. Our staff is as personally devoted to our mission as they are professionally, and it shows in what they're able to accomplish. It has been a great experience to work with fellow Board members who recognize the true value of this resource that flows through our community, and who devote so much time to making sure that others experience--and ultimately, appreciate--more of the Rivanna's many benefits.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as a Board member, but also as a resident of the Charlottesville area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

better publicize the work it does, especially the wonderful programs it puts on for children and teenagers to get them better acquainted with the river.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past seveal years my family and I have participated in the RCS River Clean Ups, the Buffer Plantiings and the Geocaching at the Scheier Natural Area. Each event has been exceptionally well planned and implemented and my three sons enjoy being outdoors and at the same time helping to the improve the community's environment. If RCS didn't exist, someone would have to create it because their work is essential!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My three sons, my wife and I love to participate in RCS events because they are so well managed and we know that what we are doing will help to improve central Virginia's environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find 10 donors who would invest $25,000 each to assure that RCS would operate and grow over time.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a water management professional from another state and have not had first hand experience with the Rivanna Conservation Society. However, I have known and worked with Ms. Savage, the Executive Director, for over 20 years in her professional capacity and I know her to be a very capable director. An investor in support of this conservation group will be well served by the significant knowledge, expertise and attention to detail that Ms. Savage exhibits in all tasks she performs. Because I believe in the mission of this fine organization, I am a member even though I do not live in the state. The work of this fine organization deserves financial support from those who care about preserving our precious natural resources.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a member from another state and enjoy the newletter.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make changes.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Rivanna Conservation Society has contributed greatly to the Greene County Park in two ways. They have joined with several other organizations to find grants, implement plantings and educate the public as to why the plantings will help the park, the stream that runs through it and the rivers near by. Great strides have been made this year in the development of this park. A massive seedling tree planting on 3 barren hills was organized this spring. This fall a wonderful educational day was planned with RCA in a lead roll. Five or six organizations joined together to have educational booths set up all over the developed portion of the park. They were very innovative and the public received the effort with enthusiasm.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a massive erosion problem curtailed and observation of the a large group of parents and children partake of the information and demonstrations offered during the fall educational program.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

RCS is a fabulous, effective grass-roots organization that serves to support the health of the Rivanna River. The services it provides, as well as the education of our youth is invaluable. It is the one river organization that actually takes young people out to the river to have a true interactive experience. RCS also manages the Scheier Natural Area in Fluvanna County. This is a 100 acre nature preserve that is used for hiking, educational programs and watershed protection.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my experiences as a board member, a volunteer, and as a mother.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have its' funding increased so it could do more of what it does now.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

time on the river and all the people I have met

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fun, helpful, knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase awareness of all that is happening to our source of drinking water and give more people the experience of being on the river

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since 1990, RCS has organized river and creek clean-ups, river floats, riparian forest buffer plantings, and a range of water quality monitoring activities. RCS provides high quality environmental education programs and resources for schools, public officials, and other community and civic groups. Since 2005, RCS's ability to support full-time staff has greatly increased the group's presence in local schools and its ability to influence local governments on a day-to day basis in support of improved local environmental and watershed management policies and ordinances. RCS was a founding member of the multi-organization Rivanna-wide StreamWatch water monitoring initiative and remains active in the StreamWatch effort to obtain and publicize high-quality long-term data for environmental conditions and trends in the Rivanna watershed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Markedly less litter in local streams after years of clean-up activities. Local governments are better educated on and responsive to environmental concerns and know that RCS and other local groups will hold them to a high standard for their decisions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the membership and active voulunteer base. Reduce our current reliance on intermittent and increasingly scarce grant funding. Develop a local base of major donors capable of supporting a high level of quality of RCS activities over the long term.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to meet and interact with people from many different walks of life as we produce tangible improvements in local environmental conditions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Diverse, interesting, multi-talented, and highly committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Work with local landowners to restore forest buffers along all major rivers and streams in the watershed, provide all local schools with high quality hands-on environmental education programs, donate eight million bucks to food banks and other good works.

Ways to make it better...

More people were involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The shrinking pool of financial resources available to non-profits and public environmental agencies at all levels. Current deep divisions within the local environmental community regarding water supply strategies and technical details.

One thing I'd also say is that...

RCS is a fine group of people working to fill a need which we can expect to be constant and ongoing so long as human beings dwell in the Rivanna watershed and seek to keep natural systems intact for their own sake and for the many benefits they give to us

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

RCS has partnered with Charlottesville Albemarle Airport to help us become a more knowledgeable about the watershed and our impact on water as far away as the Chesapeake Bay. RCS also brought us the opportunity to increase our stream buffers by 100 feet and helped make it happen. RCS is a responsible, well-managed non-profit that operates quietly in the community to help ensure stewardship of the local watershed as well as educate citizens on the importance of clean and abundant water. I hope Central Virginia citizens recognize how much RCS accomplishes with a frugal budget and few employees. Please consider RCS as a long-term financial commitment, it is worth the investment now as well as for future generations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through its partnership with my organization, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, as my organization seeks to lessen its impact on the environment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

RCS is a great group. I'm a member. From river clean ups to on-the-ground direct improvements like dam removal and field trips for kids, this group of mostly volunteers gets a lot done on a small budget. Groups like RCS all over the country are responsible for helping keep our local rivers and drinking water clean. I strongly endorse this group and encourage you to join or donate, or just get involved. Jason Halbert Charlottesville, VA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping with cleaning trash out of the river, improving fish habitat, planting streamside buffers, and urging changes to land-use policies that will help the health of the river.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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