New River

Watershed Roundtable


Annual Plan of Work





Objectives, Action Strategies, and Lead People in boldface within were identified at the July 2006 Board planning session with Steve Talley.  Other Focus Group Objectives and Action Strategies were developed aligned with the NRWR 2003-2008 Strategic Plan.


Priority during 2006-07 will be given to boldface items.  Others will be pursued as capacity permits.


approved 9/7/06




Table of Contents



Organizational Development, page 3-4


Program and Project Development, page 4-5


Focus Groups and Work Groups (in alphabetic order)

        Education, page 5-6

        Forestry, page 6

        LandCare/Grayson Grassroots, page 7

        River Access, page 7-8

        River Cleanup, page 8

        Stroubles Creek Watershed Initiative, page 8-9

        Water Quantity and Water Quality, page 9







Organizational Development


Lead person:  Executive Committee

Board sponsors: all

Support people/agencies:  DCR Watershed Field Coordinator?

Funding possibilities:  FVNR, VAWA, DCR, EPA, stakeholders


Goal:  Establish a viable, functioning New River Watershed Roundtable actively working on non-point source pollution reduction, water quality, and water quantity issues across traditional boundaries.



·        Establish Board with broad stakeholder representation including local government, business, tourism, environmental groups, regional agencies, etc.


Action Strategies:

o       NRWR is due to seat a new Board and elect officers in October 2006.  A nominating committee or Ron Powers will appoint nominations at the October meeting.

o       Recruit board members (continuing or new) and seat board

o       Elect officers, Appoint Executive Committee

o       Hold regular meetings and encourage communication on mutual issues

o       Identify funding sources available to Roundtable members individually and collaboratively




·        Communication and Recognition


Action Strategies

·        Solidify marketing communication

o       Lead will be Dale Black

o       Get word out in local media about watershed issues, become recognized as a source of info for these.

o       Name recognition with publicized events such as River Cleanup

o       Recruit PR subcommittee and TAC support

o       Maintain and enhance web presence




·        Funding and Support (staff, space, other resources)

·        Capacity building –full time coordinator and more operational funds

o       Suggested by Rick Roth, lead will be Dale Black

·        Secure each localities’ commitment to NRWR, including financial support

o       Suggested by Tim Ott, lead will be Dale Black

·        Define our fiscal policy and procedures – develop an operational handbook on how we handle funds and on our administrative policies. 

o       Suggested by Cynthia and Charlie Maus, lead will be Cynthia Hancock




Action Strategies

o       Recruit Technical Advisory Committee members from agencies

o       Activate TAC – hold meeting as part of Board meetings

§         Lead will be Ron Powers

o       Recruit Finance and Grants subcommittee and TAC support

o       Establish a finance committee and set objectives

o                               Suggested by Rick Roth, lead will be Dale Black


o       Develop a Business Plan for sustainable operations

Focus group to work on funding opportunities – including a coordinator to staff this

o       Suggested by Mike Smith, lead will be Watershed Field Coordinator with Finance & Grants committee






Program and Project Development


Lead person:  Executive Committee

Board sponsors:  all

Support people/agencies: NRVPDC, MRPDC, NRH RC&D, DCR watershed field coordinator?,

Funding possibilities:  EPA, DCR, WQIA, developers, DOF, USFWS, USFS,



Generate projects to improve watershed stewardship that we work on together as a way to build strength, connections, and community around New River watershed needs.



·        Support rather than duplicate efforts already underway.


Action Strategies:

o       Encourage localities to work together, participate in NRWR  (Govt. Relations)

o       Inventory efforts in the watershed

·        Inventory watershed efforts – develop a framework for inventory and a resource directory, demonstration projects and sites

o       Lead will be Cynthia Hancock (input from Gary Boring RC&D)


o       Let project work happen through focus groups, geographic proximity, common interests, issues, and problems, etc.  See Focus Group Plans below:

·        Maintain ExComm relations with focus groups

o       Lead will be ExComm


Education Issues Focus Group


Lead person:  Llyn Sharp

Board sponsors:  Tamim Younos

Support people/agencies:  Cynthia Hancock, Skyline SWCD;

Funding possibilities:


“State of the River” Information Work Group

Lead person:  Rick Roth

Board sponsors:  Christy Gabbard, Mike Harvey

Support people/agencies:  TAC agencies; Mike McLeod DEQ; Llyn Sharp

Funding possibilities:  VEE, EPA, CFNRV


Goal:  Develop readily-available, fact-based information about the New River watershed for decision-makers, teachers, students, tourists, and others.



·        Revive the New River Symposium as a way of discovering and generating information and contacts.

Action Strategies:

o       Hold a New River Symposium

§         Suggested by Llyn Sharp, lead will be RickRoth

o       Rick Roth and Rick Van Noy from Radford University are co-chairing a Symposium Steering Committee with plans for May 31-June 2, 2007 meeting.

o       Publish Symposium proceedings – web or CD possibilities.



·        Compile existing data and information


Action Strategies:

o       Get help from TAC agencies

o       Get help from student projects or interns

o       Use University experts

o       Research other “State of the River” reports from other watersheds

o       Develop a series of fact sheets and/or brochures by topic, level of detail, and/or audience focus; could be done as student projects

o       Make fact sheets/brochures available on the website



Materials and Support for teachers and others to provide “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences” (MWEE) for K-12 youth


Lead person:  Llyn Sharp

Board sponsors: 

Support people/agencies:  Llyn Sharp, Cynthia Hancock

Funding possibilities:



·        Teachers will use the New River and place-based information from the watershed in teaching related Standards of Learning, and in providing the recommended Elementary, Middle and High School MWEEs.


Action Strategies:

o       Provide workshops on watershed and water quality education that includes local information about New River

o       Provide support for in-class and outside-class activities for K-12 students to learn about watersheds and the New River and its tributaries

o       Get help from TAC agencies, University students and faculty

o       Work with NRWR State of the River Information Work Group to be sure information will be useful to teachers as well as others

o       Outline materials and experiences that are available to teachers, to include workshops, field sites, etc.

o       Seek to identify and fill gaps

Forestry Issues Focus Group


Lead person: David Richert

Board sponsors: Mike Skinner, Forestry Representative

Support people/agencies: David Richert, Va DOF

Funding possibilities:  DOF, NRCS, NRH RC&D, VCE,


Objective:  Hold a forestry workshop

Suggested by David Richert, lead will be David Richert


Action Strategies:

o       Use Matthews State Forest Harvest to “interpret” the method and open that process up to landowners to visit at different stages.




LandCare Focus Group/Grayson Grassroots


Lead person:  Jerry Moles

Board sponsors:  Jerry Moles

Support people/agencies:  David Robertson, VT LandCare Center; Danny Boyer, NRCS; Jerry Moles, NRLT

Funding possibilities:  USDA, Conservation easement tax credits, VOF,


Goal:  Preservation of land and soil and the functions thereof by reducing destructive land uses and promoting land uses to preserve these ecological functions.  Landowner based.


Objective:  Promote “LandCare” concept as a way to accomplish these goals

Lead will be Jerry Moles


Objective:  Increase productivity and best management of timber and forestlands

o       Work with the Forestry Focus Group

o       Work with and promote Blue Ridge Forest Co-op

o       Work with Matthews State Forest on “Community Forestry”


Objective:  Increase productivity and best management practices for livestock operations

o       feasibility study for local harvest facility



River Access Focus Group


Lead person:  Mike Harvey

Board sponsors:  Mike Harvey 

Support people/agencies:  Abigail Convery, NRVPDC; NCNR; Ben Borda, USACOE and NRCP; NRT State Park; outfitters; Bill Tanger (FORVA)

Funding possibilities:


Goal:  Establish increased, well-spaced, geographically distributed, safe, watershed-friendly, public access to the New River and its tributaries, accessible to various audiences.


Objective:  Support and participate in the New River Blueway effort

o       Provide information to New River Community Partners (they are the lead on the tri-state project)

o       Monitor river access issues

§         Lead will be Mike Harvey



Objective:  Increase public access to the New River from Claytor Dam to the VA/WV state line, which currently has less public access than other reaches.

o       Assist with inventory of current public access sites

o       Assist with identification of potential access sites

o       Work with other groups to acquire additional public access




River Cleanup Focus Group


Lead person: Mike Smith

Board sponsors: Mike Smith, David Bernard

Support people/agencies: Donnie Turner, Carroll County Tourism Authority; Charlie Whittle, volunteer registrar; Wythe Conservation Network; NRT State Park staff

Funding possibilities: sponsorships, DCR Adopt-a-Stream



Goal:  New River will be an attractive tourism destination, enhancing local business based on the river’s aesthetic qualities.



·        Reduce solid waste (litter, junk, tires, etc.) in streams throughout the watershed


Action Strategies:

o       Promote the DCR Adopt-a-Stream Program

o       Hold a basin-wide cleanup to attract attention to the problem and to highlight NRWR as a leader; Lead: Mike Smith and Charlie Whittle

§         Plan event using Adopt-a-Stream and other national “river cleanup” guidelines.  Safety and liability covered this way.

§         Coordinate with DCR Stewardship Virginia effort

§         Coordinate with NCNR and North Carolina basin-wide effort

§         Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006 meet at 9:30 at Foster Falls for the reach from there to Rt 100.  Others coordinated locally on other reaches or tributaries.

o       Establish planning team for 2007 event

Stroubles Creek Watershed Initiative


Lead person: up to them

Board sponsors: Tamim Younos

Support people/agencies: DCR, DEQ, Town of Blacksburg Planning and Engineering,

Funding possibilities: EPA proposal to rank BMPs for urban stormwater runoff


Goal:  Increase community stewardship of Stroubles Creek and use of the watershed as a learning lab for a variety of audiences.  Support the Stroubles Creek TMDL Implementation Plan.


Objective:  Accomplish projects in the Stroubles Creek TMDL Implementation Plan.

o       Work with VT and TOB to identify funding and match to projects

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Objective:  Promote watershed educational uses of Stroubles Creek and awareness of stewardship initiatives.

o       Conduct educational activities

§         Blacksburg Watershed Open House Oct 2006 (Matt, Llyn, etc)

§         World Water Monitoring Month events (Llyn, SWCS)

§         Stream Cleanups (VWRRC Student team)

§         Student Research

§         Class visits

o       Create Flyers, Posters, and exhibit materials and display at community events

§         Exhibit at “Steppin Out” town festival, Aug 06 (Llyn)

§         Exhibit at Environmental Awareness Week Aug 06 (Llyn)

§         Exhibit at Blacksburg Watershed Open House (Llyn)

§         Exhibit at Earth Week

§         Stroubles Creek TMDL education pamphlet (Mary)


Water Quality and Water Quantity Issues Focus Group


Lead person:

Board sponsors: Della Osbourne, Bennie Quesenberry

Support people/agencies: Mike McLeod, TAC and DEQ; NRV PDC water supply planning staff (Kevin)

Funding possibilities:


Water Quantity emerged at April, 2006 Board Meeting as a concern for all, including Agriculture.


Establish baseline water quality information to prove that the NRWR is making a difference.

·        Suggested by Charlie Whittle, lead will be DEQ (possibly McLeod)


Work on water quantity issues – should be proactive and identify issues to build dialogue about.  Review our policy for quantity issues and review quantity as it relates to quality.

·        Suggested by Mike Harvey, lead will be Albert Crigger

·        NRVPDC is funding a water supply coordinator for PD4