Stream Health Initiative

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

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Community Review of the Proposed Strategies to Improve Stream Health in Albemarle County

Throughout the spring, the Stream Health Initiative Work Group, comprised of rural and urban residents, farmers, forest owners, conservation professionals, business owners, and County staff developed strategies to improve stream health in the county. The strategies are grouped into three categories: Regulations, Incentives & Voluntary Opportunities, and Monitoring, Education, & Partnerships.

We’d love to know which strategies you feel will be most effective at responding to the challenge of improving stream health. Strategies and proposals will be evaluated by criteria that include effectiveness at improving stream health, impacts to the community, cost, staff time, and legal considerations. Please participate to share your thoughts! 

Review the Proposed Strategies and complete the Develop Questionnaire

Visit the Stream Health Initiative Project Hub

Stream Health Initiative Project Stages


DISCOVER (complete)

During the first stage of the project, we learned what’s important to you, and created learning opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the topic.


DEFINE (complete)

During this stage of the project, we will define the Vision for Stream Health and identify the Goals we need to meet in order to achieve our vision. We will identify challenges and opportunities for improving stream health.


DEVELOP (current)

During this stage of the project, we will design and evaluate a variety of actions designed to help us to achieve our goals and vision. Opportunities for collaboration between County Staff and the Work Group will continue, with a focus on evaluation and finalization of the proposals.


DECIDE (upcoming)

During the final stage of the project, decisions will be made about how the County will move forward with improving stream health in the Rural Areas. The final proposals will be presented to the Board of Supervisors and public hearings will allow for any final input from the public to be heard.

Project Overview

In 2017, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors directed County staff to develop strategies for improving stream health in the county; this project is referred to as the Stream Health Initiative.

Phase I (2018-present) focused on development-related issues and strategies for improving stream health and resulted in the development of thirteen specific proposals. Work on a subset of these proposals is ongoing; others are phased due to staff resource needs and continues in parallel with Phase II.

Phase II of the project has a Rural Area focus. The goal of Phase II is to develop strategies for improving stream health that are supported by the communities, landowners, and organizations that live and work in the Rural Area, using a collaborative and inclusive process. Phase II project updates were provided to the Board on November 18, 2020, and April 7, 2021.

Read more about the Stream Health Initiative

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