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...keeping you informed about the York River, Mobjack Bay and Piankatank River watershed issues

Mission of the York River and Small Coastal Basin Roundtable: to provide a forum for sharing information throughout the York River basin, with an emphasis on education and outreach on water quality concerns, broad collaboration on conservation priorities, promotion of watershed restoration through on-the-ground project assistance, and provide technical workshops for stakeholders to enhance
the understanding of water quality issues.
livestock exclusion cover The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has developed a brochure on 100% cost share for livestock stream exclusion (available through June 30, 2015). This funding program is an unprecedented opportunity for progress on TMDL stream exclusion targets, particularly as articulated in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan.
south anna map A South Anna River (tributary of the Pamunkey River) report card has been developed by VA Department of Environmental Quality, Alliance for Chesapeake Bay, and York River Small Coastal Basins Roundtable summarizing water quality data from January 2010 to December 2012. There are plans for report cards for other York River tributaries in the future.
yrscb map New map of the York River Watershed is now available courtesy of the Department of Environmental Quality
Anderson's Neck Oysters Check out the number of gallons the busy oysters of Anderson's Neck Oyster Farm is filtering during your visit to their new website which highlights conservation and sustainable aquaculture methods. The history of the York River, specifically the Anderson's Neck area, is beautifully highlighted along a timeline in their history page. Oh yes, and you can also buy oysters, beer, and growlers too!
Poropotank River Paddle See images of a YRSCB Paddle from Tanyard's Landing on the morning of September 23 along the tidal freshwater marshes of the Poropotank River in Gloucester County.
climate change Interested in recent links to climate change, wetland, coastal shorelines, fisheries and environmental issues? more.
Presentation Slide

Conserving Natural Assets to Meet Regulatory and Economic Goals presents methods for evaluating natural resources and creating a connected landscape, new modeling tools for calculating pollution reductions, and research that shows conserving natural assets builds financial value for communities.

coastal climate tools

The potential impacts of climate change are already influencing the choices that coastal communities, resource managers, and conservation practitioners are making for ecosystems and infrastructure. To help prepare for the far-reaching effects of these changes, the EBM Tools Network released a free publication: Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning: A guide for selecting tools to assist with ecosystem-based climate planning.

Eastern Shore Native Plant Guide The useful and beautiful publication Native Plants of Accomack and Northampton is now available on the VA CZM Program Website.
Bracketts Farm

Congratulations to Bracketts Farm in TJSWCD! Clean Water Farm Award and Grand Basin Award winner for 2012!


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EPA's SepticSmart!

Learn more about how to protect property value through proper maintenance of home septic systems and how to launch a homeowner outreach program through EPA's SepticSmart website.

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Piankatank River Kayak Paddle, October 17, 2012

Members of the YRSCB met at the Thousand Trails Campground on the morning of October 17 to experience the scenery along brackish tidal marshes during a kayak paddle along the Piankatank River.

Bracketts Farm

YRSCB Bracketts Farm Visit

August 2012 with presentation on Strategies for Effective Behavior Change Through Social Media Outlets and Other Tools by Erin Ling of the VT Extension/Biological Systems Engineering Dept at Virginia Tech


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Chesapeake Bay TMDL Public Meeting
May 30, 2012, Ruther Glen, VA

A meeting to discuss the Chesapeake TMDL process was hosted by the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and YRSCB, in partnership with the DCR. The meeting agenda included: " The Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase II WIP Overview & Status" and "Chesapeake Bay TMDL Planning Next Steps" by Joan Salvati, DCR as well as "The Local Process" by David Nunnally, Caroline County.


Got osprey near your house? Become an osprey observer! OspreyWatch is a global project that is being managed in our own York River Watershed at the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary. The observers are linked by an interest in osprey, concern for the health of aquatic environments, and data submitted to a repository through the OspreyWatch website

Woods in Your Backyard

Workshop: The Woods in Your Backyard, Montpelier Community Center, 17203 Sycamore Tavern Lane, Montpelier, VA 23192, May 5, 2012.

Topics for this included pine beetle management, woods cleanup methods, backyard makeovers, beekeeping, mushrooms and charcoal.

See the Workshop Presentations

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Scoop the Poop for Cleaner Creeks, Cleaner Streets, and Cleaner Feet! Get your flyer for a quick guide to pet waste management to make folks aware of the problem for our waterways and neighborhoods.

It takes only one teaspoon of dog feces in a water body the size of an Olympic pool to make the water unsafe for swimming. Pet waste also contains nutrients that will accelerate the growth of nuisance algae in creeks and lakes.

Get the Flyer

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YRSCB volunteers met on May 9, 2012 at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point, VA to help Chesapeake Bay Foundation members build oyster reef balls.

See link to the May 9th event log

Link to Photo Gallery

VCWQ The Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Summit was held on October 22nd at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA. The theme this year is "Sustainability In Uncertain Times." Presentation topics include stormwater monitoring, TMDL implementation, NGO sustainability strategies, and other topics of interest. Read more
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Cooper Vineyard's own LEED certified facility was the setting for the July 14, 2011 YRSCB Roundtable Meeting. Presentation topics included algae to cleanse runoff, rainwater harvesting to reduce runoff, the South Anna Monitoring Project and Historic Green Springs and stream restoration banking.

- Agenda and Meeting Presentations
- Photo Gallery - (courtesy of May Sligh, Laurel Woodworth and Karen Reay)

Nancy Miller on the Dragon Run

"Best day I ever spent at work!" See how Nancy and other YRSCB members spent a beautiful and educational day paddling the Dragon Run on a trip lead by Teta Kain. Photos courtesy of Jan Briede and Nancy Miller.

Photo Gallery with captions by May Sligh

york river research

The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia offered a day of technical presentations focused on multiple aspects of research within the York River watershed on April 20, 2011. Scientists, state and federal partners, resource managers, academicians, and land managers gathered at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to present their latest research (past, current and proposed), discuss current hot topics, and share new ideas.  See Abstracts.

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Pamunkey Paddle: Members of the YRSCB Roundtable steering committee and several guests met at the Pamunkey Indian Museum on the morning of September 16 to experience the tidal freshwater marshes of the Pamunkey River. Garrie Rouse and Brad Davis of the Mattaponi Canoe and Kayak Company led us to the Reservation’s private river landing, where we were outfitted with kayaks before setting out on this sunny day at high tide [read more...] [photo gallery]

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  LWCF is America’s most important tool for conserving national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, historic sites and other federal lands, and for supporting acquisition and development of state and local parks. Senator Bingaman (NM), joined to date by ten co-sponsors, has introduced S. 2747, the Land and Water Reauthorization Act of 2009.

York River Fact Sheet

Help us update the York River Watershed Fact Sheet and view the State of the Dragon Run brochure

bioretension design - Cahill Associates

In Education/Outreach Projects:
JCC Sustainable Development Video plus more info on site design

What you can do to retain soil and vegetation along waterfront property while reducing shoreline hardening? Find out..
paddlers on the mattaponi

What groups are working together to preserve natural resources in the YRSCB watersheds? Learn more..

What is the only major river of the Middle Peninsula formed in the coastal plain? FInd out..

water quality map
There are many maps and tools available to planners and natural resource agencies to assist in decisionmaking for the York River and small coastal basins.

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The efforts of the York and Small Coastal Basin Group Roundtable are funded by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
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YR&SCB Roundtable provides a forum for information exchange to address regional water quality and planning issues within the York River, Mobjack Bay and Piankatank River Watersheds, as they relate to tributary strategy implementation. Learn more..



News/Events Calendar

Living in a Regulated Environment: TMDLs, Groundwater, Stormwater, and the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, by Lewie Lawrence, MPPDC, Monday, April 21, 12:25-1:25 pm, at RCC Glenns Campus

4th Annual CBF Oyster Reefball Construction Photos

NEW DATE - May 21, 2014 – Steering Committee meeting at Meadowview Biological Research Station, Woodford, VA

Learn how to register your rainbarrel

2014 milestones for YRSCB

Engineers/developers workshop for stormwater mgt regulations, April 2, 2014, Spotsylvania School Board, 8020 River Stone Dr., Fredericksburg, VA , 8am-12pm

Public Meetings for a Draft Water Quality Study (TMDL) in the Pamunkey RIver Mainstem & Tributaries in Spotsylvania, Hanover, Louisa, New Kent, and King William Counties

Government Accountability Office report on water quality efforts

Draft water quality improvement plans for tidal shellfish waters plus more information

Friends of Dragon Run Highway Cleanups

Free Watershed Academy Webinars and Other Water Quality Apps

Landshark Employees volunteer for York River State Park Cleanup Day

A Walk Across Virginia

Workshop: The Woods in Your Backyard, Montpelier Community Center - flyer

Presentations for Streambank Stabilization & Restoration Workshop,

Building grassroots watershed and river organizations

Virginia's Scenic Rivers Program 40th Anniversary - Read more

Create a Rain Barrel from a Trash Can (in Homeowner Tips & Resources Section)

Archived Minutes of YRSCB Meetings

york river & small coastal basins
Where are the York River & Small Coastal Basins in Virginia?

Virginia Watersheds
Watershed roundtables are popping up all over the state. There are currently 13 active roundtables in Virginia. Learn more..


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