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The environmental program of the TJPDC focuses primarily on regional issues, which have included sustainability, water resources, and solid waste. Much work has centered on the Rivanna River watershed, which comprises major portions of four of the PDC's six localities and is 95% contained within the planning district. This work began with and has built upon the TJPDC-sponsored Rivanna River Basin Roundtable and their seminal State of the Basin: 1998 report. Assistance with environmental planning for our localities is also offered and has resulted in such products as the Nelson County Wellhead Protection and Water Resources in Fluvanna County reports.


2012 Regional Recycling Rate Released

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has officially accepted data calculating a 37.8% recycling rate for the Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste Region, which includes the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Greene. The 2012 rate reflects an 11% increase from 2011's rate of 33.8%. This rate is close to the statewide average of 43.5% for 2011. The increase is attributed to improved reporting from waste and recycling haulers active in the region. This year saw significant increases in comingled/single stream waste (58%), metal (65%), batteries (72%), and plastics (26%) recycling over the 2011 report.

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Piedmont Regional Watershed Implementation Planning Project

TJPDC working with the Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC) and other stakeholders has completed the Piedmont Region Watershed Implementation Planning Project. The National Fish and Wildlife funded project was a two year project that engaged local governments in the Planning District to assist with data collection and input of stormwater data to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for the aggregation into Virginia's Watershed Implementation Plan Phase II. The WIP II developed by Virginia articulates how to implement nutrient and sediment reductions associated with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL at the local government scale. Click here to view the Final Report and Appendix. For questions or printed versions please contact; Wood Hudson at

Chesapeake Bay TMDL-Piedmont Regional Pilot Project

TJPDC is working with the Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC) and other local stakeholders on a pilot project for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load). A legal settlement in 1999 required the Environmental Protection Agency to either achieve the water quality standards in the Chesapeake Bay by 2010, or impose a “pollution diet” that will reduce pollution to acceptable levels. Since the required water quality standards have not been met, EPA is requiring Bay-area states and the District of Columbia to develop and adopt a Chesapeake Bay TMDL and related Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).

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