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Meetings and Workshops

York RIver Watershed

The York RIver Research Symposium included technical presentations and posters highlighting current research, information synthesis and management adaptation strategies as related to estuarine system response to climate change and variability. Members of the YRSCB attended to obtain a better understanding of the York River watershed and increase their knowledge of how to best sustain the health and productivity of its resources.

Abstracts and York RIver Watershed Usage Facts

Beetles of North America

The York Roundtable partnered with VA CBNERRS to present: Bees, Beetles and the Bay: Pesticide Impacts on Aquatic and Human Health and Pollinator Protection for a Healthy Chesapeake

Several excellent speakers provided information about local pollinators (roles, status, and conservation), and impacts of pesticides and toxins on human health.  Discussions were focused on the health of pollinators, aquatic organisms, water quality, and the health of the Bay.

Presentations, Photos, and Q&A


milestones York River and Small Coastal Basins has submitted a project plan for 2015. See the Milestone Table for a summary of proposed activities.
Little bull

The YRSCB Steering Committee met before the Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day Demonstration at Keenbell Farm on September 24, 2014 to discuss plans for next year's YRSCB projects. After the meeting, presentations coordinated by the Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District provided insight on soil health, pasture management tips, and native bee populations. A trip to the site at Keenbell Farm was a little soggy but very interesting.

Phil speaks at Meadowview

Members of the YRSCB steering committee met at the Meadowview on the morning of May 21st at the Meadowview Biological Research Station is located in Woodford, VA. Meadowview is dedicated to preserving and restoring rare wetland plants, habitats and associated ecosystems on the coastal plain of Maryland and Virginia.

To learn more:

Photo gallery of plants and tour

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


WIP II map

Chesapeake Bay TMDL Public Meeting, May 30, 2012
Union First Market Bankshares in Ruther Glen, VA

The Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase II WIP Overview & Status and Chesapeake Bay TMDL planning next steps were presented by Joan Salvati, DCR. The Local Process was presented by David Nunnally, Caroline County. Public comments were also heard at the end of the meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and the York River and Small Coastal Basin Roundtable, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation

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 flyer

doggie doodie

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

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

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.

stormdrain marker

YRSCB Business Meeting, March 29, 2012

A businesss meeting of the York River and Small Coastal Basin Rountable Steering Committee was held at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Professor Chas Gowan spoke on the Mechumps Creek Restoration project led by his students, Anna Mathis gave a report on the York Tributary Report Card Project for 2013, and Margaret Smigo provided information on TMDL Studies in the area. In addition, various business items were discussed. Click here for a full report and photos.

Bernie Courtney

YRSCB Summer 2011 Meeting - Cooper Vineyards, Louisa, Virginia

A business meeting was held along with presentations on Clean Water Farming: Using Algae to Cleanse Runoff, Rainwater Harvesting to Reduce Runoff, Rainwater Harvesting: From Poultry Barns to Laundromats, South Anna Monitoring Project and Historic Green Spring, Louisa County citizen Stream Restoration Banking: An Urban Watershed Solution

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

heathy waters

YRSCB Business Meeting, December 2010, NOAA/NERRS, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

The York River and Small Coastal Basin Roundtable held a business meeting in December 2010. The meeting was graciously hosted by the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve. Speakers included Chip Rice, DCR and Rick Hill, DEQ to discuss TMDL Efforts in Virginia, Richmond County Tributary Strategy Local Program Pilot and Process Protocol as well as the Virginia Coastal Parters Healthy Waterways Intiative.

pond workshop

Citizens in Orange County Gather for Pond Workshop - September 9, 2010

An environmental compliance technical workshop was held on pond design, construction, permitting, management and water quality/habitat benefits.  Richard Jacobs and Greg Wichelns of the Culpeper SWCD spoke about design considerations and the importance of proper maintenance.  Other representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, discussed permitting and fisheries requirements.  Mike Hayslett, from Sweetbriar College and the Virginia Vernal Pools Program, shared some innovative techniques for constructing ponds with wetland areas and healthy “edges” to promote optimal ecological functions, including wildlife habitat and diversity. 

Virginia Vernal Pools Website:

Creating Vernal Pools:

Demonstration at Meadow Events Bioretention Area

YRSCB Meeting, Meadow Event Park - State Fair of Virginia Complex, March 30, 2010

Raptors of the York River and Chesapeake Bay - Center for Conservation Biology - College of William & Mary

Virginia Scenic Rivers - Department of Conservation and Recreation and Scenic Virginia Rivers Flyers

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act: Background and Future Direction - DCR Division of Chesapeake Local Assistance

Link to Photo Album

River Appreciation

Pamunkey Paddle

2016 Pamunkey Paddle

On July 22, 2016, members of the YRSCB Steering Committee were guided through a stretch of the Pamunkey River by Christian Van Landingham of Calm Water Adventures. After the paddle, Debra Martin or "Stargazer" provided information on the history, culture, and artistic talent of the Pamunkey Tribal Members and opened the museum to the group for a tour.

Photo gallery and notes

Big Island

Big Island Paddle, July 17, 2015

YRSCB members met in Hayes, VA on July 17 on a relatively cool and non-humid summer day. The group, led by their enthusiastic guide, Shannon Alexander of Bay Country Kayaking, assembled at the tip of Guinea to paddle around Big Island which is located between the mouth of the York River and Mobjack Bay.

Read more and see photos


Mattaponi Kayak Paddle, August 21, 2014

Members of the YRSCB met in Aylett on the morning of August 21 to experience the beautiful scenery during a kayak paddle along the Mattaponi River.


Poropotank River Paddle

Poropotank River Kayak Paddle, September 23, 2013

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.

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
piankatank paddle

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 brackish tidal marshes during a kayak paddle along the Piankatank River.

pamunkey paddlers

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


Laurel A Walk Across Virginia - Laurel Williamson's journey across Virginia from Narrows, Virginia to Cedar Island on the Eastern Shore. She shares photos and blogs her adventure of learning about the places and people that protect our waters.

Oyster Restoration

YRSCB Members Volunteer to Build Oyster Reefballs

Oyster Reef Building

5th Annual Chesapeake Bay Foundation Reefball Building, October 22, 2015

It was the perfect day for building reef balls in October - clear and warm. YRSCB members along with Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) staff and volunteers got to work early on October 22, 2015. Jackie Shannon and Heather North took the lead in instructing the group on proper reef ball construction. They also provided some tips for making the job easier and more successful.

new oyster growth

4th Annual Chesapeake Bay Foundation Reefball Event April 9, 2014

Members of the YRSCB met at the VIMS boat basin on the morning of April 9th to construct oyster reefballs that will be used in Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Projects in the Norfolk area. Jackie Shannon of CBF gave instruction, then volunteers got to work unveiling reefballs that had been made the day before, then reconstructing the molds in preparation for the concrete truck and a new set of reefballs. It was hard work but a very productive and rewarding effort at the end of the day.

king of the reefballs buckets of shell May and friends
building molds an eager group of volunteers oyster reefball dweller
cage of oystershell Jackie giving instruction new reefballs come off the boards
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!

reefball and installer

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

What is a Watershed Roundtable?

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A watershed roundtable consists of stakeholders who have a vested interest in their communities and are concerned about local water quality. The primary objective of a Roundtable is to develop relationships between diverse stakeholders such that they may collaborate with, learn from, and inform each other while effectively acting to address local water issues. A roundtable can be the driving force in the watershed, providing education, outreach and solutions to restore and protect water quality.

Read more from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Watersheds Alliance.

YR&SCB Archived Minutes

Logo design by Dawn Shank.




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