We met with Loudoun Water and NoVA parks at the reservoir today to view the progress and to discuss opening details. The great news is the reservoir is opening a few days early, this Saturday!
Please park in designated areas on Mt. Hope Rd. Do not park on the church side. Please stay away from the actual dam and spillway! Rules will be similar to other NVRPA (NoVA Parks) areas that allow car-top carry boats. There is no boat ramp or dock, as such, no trailers allowed. More details to follow.
Just a quick update, I have heard from our friends at Loudoun Water and NVRPA, all systems are go for opening on June 1. Public access will be at the Mt. Hope site. We are meeting with them next week to get the final details. If you have specific questions, please comment below and I will try to get your questions answered.
Not exactly new news, Loudoun Water has stated it intended to re-open Beaverdam Creek Reservoir in writing before, but this is their strongest statement yet.
“Ultimately, we want the reservoir to be safely enjoyed by all. Guided by our overall planning process, we will balance our primary responsibility to protect and maintain the reservoir as a long-term drinking water resource with the community’s desire to enjoy the scenic and tranquil surroundings that Beaverdam provides,” said Jennings.
This is good news. All the letter writing, sessions with the Loudoun Water and the Loudoun Board of Supervisors are paying off. A partnership with NVRPA (now renamed NOVA Parks) would be the cherry on top.
Just a quick executive summary on the board meeting last night.
Fred Jennings made a presentation at 4:15PM
No Public access
No dates for construction start or end
No RFPs submitted
No stakeholder involvement
Loudoun Rowing club will continue to have access at least until the end of 2014
Hidden dangers abound as well as possible algaecide use make it too dangerous for public access
We had a large turnout for the public comment session. Fred Jennings left, however Mark Peterson, LW director of stakeholder communications was there to listen to our comments. Supervisor Williams and Reid pressed hard for access. Supervisor Clarke didn’t mention a word about it even though it sits in her district! You can view the video footage here:
Williams has asked us to give Loudoun Water a chance to respond otherwise he will continue to apply pressure, he is truly our ally here. The best thing we can do right now is to get more signatures to the petition and continue to raise awareness. We are making excellent headway!
I’m going to reserve a bit of judgement on the FAQs until we actually meet with them later this week, but the one that just rubs me the wrong way is this:
Does Loudoun Water receive taxpayer funding from Loudoun County government or the Commonwealth of Virginia?
No, it does not receive direct taxpayer funding. But it was built in 1959 using taxpayer funding and would not function in any shape or form without funding directly from Loudoun and only Loudoun residents. They would like to have you think they are an independent corporation, but they are not. Board leadership is directly appointed by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors. Loudoun BOS has ultimate control of what they do, just like the school system.
Just a good example of how they are trying to make you think they can do what they want.