By Brian Wheeler

Charlottesville Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Charlottesville City Council has unanimously approved a revised community water supply plan proposal that emphasizes phased construction of a new or refurbished Ragged Mountain Dam (with an initial water level height increase of 13 feet and a larger foundation that would support up to a 42 foot increase in water level), extensive and ongoing dredging of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, a new pipeline connecting Ragged Mountain to South Fork, and aggressive water conservation efforts. The public hearing had 59 speakers and lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Listen to a podcast of just council’s deliberations using player above

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Council is expected to share their plan (see resolution below) at a scheduled meeting of the “Four Boards” later today (Sept 21, 3 PM at the Albemarle County Office Building South – Fifth Street).  The Four Boards with authority over water supply matters are City Council, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, and the Albemarle County Service Authority.

Charlottesville City Council unanimously approved the following resolution at their meeting on September 20, 2010.  The key modifications agreed to by Council have been


by Charlottesville Tomorrow for clarity.

Update 9/30/2010: The text below is what was read verbatim by Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris prior to the vote except where noted in [square brackets].  The official approved resolution has now been made available and is

available for download here



by the Council for the City of Charlottesville that the Council hereby readopts and reaffirms its prior June 2, 2008 approval of the local Water Supply Plan, with the following components

and modifications


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the construction of the improvements contemplated by this water supply plan is contingent on the approval by City Council of a cost allocation agreement for each component of the plan between the City, the Albemarle County Service Authority and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, and City Council’s approval of any agreement required for the use and / or conveyance of City-owned assets.

The City of Charlottesville will be credited with the sale price of trees cut and sold due to development of dam and additional water impoundment.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all prior resolutions and actions taken by City Council approving the components of the local water supply plan that are inconsistent with this resolution are hereby superseded by and replaced with the provisions of this resolution.

The Clerk of Council is directed to send a certified copy of this Resolution to the respective Chairs of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, the Albemarle County Service Authority Board of Directors and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors.


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