Suggestions have been made to install trail cameras to identify the offenders. As the property nearest the river is privately and county owned, the installation of cameras would need landowner and/or county approvals. The nearest GCC-owned location from the island is approximately 200 feet away and the nearest GCA-owned property is just outside the chain, making the cameras ineffective with regards to activities on or near the river and island.
Both GCA and GCC are working with Albemarle County representatives to include County executives, Board of Supervisors, County Parks and Recreation, and County Maintenance and Facilities on other river issues associated with the Greenway. Two GCA Board members are part of that team. During our last meeting we raised the issue of the bridge construction and trash on the island. The condition of the river, the riverbank, and its cleanliness will continue to be raised with the county during these meetings.
It's unfortunate that a few people and their guests behave in manners that are clearly unacceptable to the community as a whole. Likewise as the river is open to the public who are able to traverse the river and land on the island and the riverbank, those types of public behaviors are equally unacceptable. GCA would urge concerned residents to contact the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation to provide your own personal views and observations.