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  • March 01, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By David Reichert – March 2023

    This nearly $10,000 grant will be used for educational outreach, to purchase and plant native flora and to measure the impact of these plantings on the local water quality. The goal is to start creating a self-sustaining natural filter for the nutrients that otherwise would enter the lake and cause harmful algae blooms.

    Launched in 2007, Clear into the Future® (CITF) is a DuPont initiative to protect and improve the natural environment through community engagement and education. Clear Into the Future® is an employee-driven program that provides funding for projects in DuPont Communities that are organized by non-profit and academic institutions and aligned with the purpose of CITF: to drive positive impact by protecting the environment and empowering our communities to thrive.

    We are all familiar with the Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) in Lake Anna, but how many of us understand how robust shoreline plant buffers and submerged aquatic vegetation can help reduce HABs? The outreach portion of this program will focus on increasing awareness of how property owners along the feeder streams and lakefront can have a positive impact on reducing HABs.

    Most of the grant money will be spent on purchasing native aquatic flora to be planted in the northern areas of the lake near the confluence of the tributaries and the lake. The goal of the plantings is for the vegetation to absorb existing nutrients and those additional nutrients being fed into the lake thereby reducing the food available for harmful algae growth. To maximize the number of plants we can buy, we will use volunteer labor during the spring growing season to perform the planting. We’ll issue a call for volunteers a couple months before the planting season.

    The final portion of this project will be to expand the existing water quality monitoring program to add sampling in the areas of the plantings. By combining the legacy monitoring data with the new data, we hope to be able to show measurable water quality benefits from the plantings.

  • March 01, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Maureen Daniels – March 2023

    Here’s what our members/neighbors, said in our LACA survey:

    Top three priorities:

    1. 99% Water Quality and Testing

    2. 95% Boating Safety and Emergency Services

    3. 90% Wakes, Erosion, Safety, Setbacks

    As Chair of Safety and Emergency Services, I will focus on feedback specific to that.

    Q11 Wakesurfing

    In 2019, the question focused on 100/200 foot setbacks. 82% favored setbacks (200 for wake surfers and 100 for all other towed sports)

    In 2021, other options were presented which decreased specific support for setbacks:

            Limit wake surfing to wide portions of the Lake— 63%

            100/200 foot Setbacks—58.4%

            Allow additional No Wake Surfing Zones—58.4%

    Q12 Adverse Impact of Waves Caused by Wake Surfing Boats

            Experienced an injury from wake surfing boat—4.5%

            Damage to docks, seawall, rip rap—24.5%

            Property erosion caused by large waves from WS boats—37%

            No adverse effects from WS boats—42%

            “Other” section elicited 97 comments from people sharing their negative experiences with wake surfing waves/boats.

    Among the 97 comments made by boaters were descriptions of how large waves/wakes/speed affected them:

    gazebo supports eroding; don’t ski or tow on weekends; spent thousands of dollars on erosion control measures; swamped by jet skier doing donuts; annoying wakes from wake board boats when floating, paddle boarding, fishing; knocked off fishing boat into dock by wake surfing boat; swamped by wake surf boat passing less than 50 feet; thrown off standard skis; creates dangerous conditions for kayaks, canoes, fishing; large waves impact my ability to safely pull water skiers; bothered by wake surfing while on the water and also waves hitting our seawall; swamped kayaks; damaged bulkhead; slammed by waves; coming too close to other vessels; increase in erosion; swamped causing pontoon to submarine; skiers, wakeboarder, and tubers endangered by large wake surfing wakes; stressed due to trying to safely dock with 4 foot waves pushing the boat; waves coming over pontoon boat; swamped jon boat; have to vacate certain areas due to wake surf waves; almost knocked off boat, almost fell off boat, fallen off paddle board; kayak swamped; hard to control water craft; waves crashing over dock; unable to slalom ski; dislodged jet ski floating docks; experienced concerns about my safety; lost 3 feet of land due to erosion; installed 31 tons of Gabion stone to stop erosion; small children floating off my dock are often affected by swells.

    Other comments: on private side, wake surfing should only be at the dikes in areas 200 feet wide and 300 feet long; leading and biased questions; rip rap should be used instead of seawalls; should limit on private side too; limits are unfair to wake surfers, shoreline damage is mitigated with bulkheads; clamp on jet ski platform was knocked off; monitor this but we should NOT ban wake surfing, people should be forced to protect their land with rip rap or others; wake surfers have so much fun with no liability for property damage.

    How can LACA help to achieve fair use of shared space and respect for the notion that one person’s right to enjoy their favorite sport should not interfere with another person’s right to do the same?

    Our survey reflects your thoughts and provides guidance for LACA. We hear you:

    63% think wake surfing should be limited to wide parts of the Lake

    58.4% believe there should be 200 foot setbacks for wake surfing and 100 foot setbacks for towed sports.

    58.4% think there should be additional No Wake Surfing Zones in narrow sections of the Lake.

    15.3% support banning wake surfing and only 6% think LACA should not take any further action.

    As Chair of Safety and Emergency Services, I value your opinions. Thank you! Your responses will help shape our actions going forward.

    We continue to work closely with all first responders on Lake Anna which includes law enforcement, fire and rescue, and 911 Communications Directors from Louisa and Spotsylvania Counties, Conservation Police from Department of Wildlife Resources, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. We are committed to making our Lake safe for all its users.

  • March 01, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By John Conway – March 2023

    When I was a boy up until I turned 18 years old, there were only two creeks (Pamunkey Creek and Terry’s Run) and where they came together was known in those days as the “Fork Field”. From that area the “river” became known as the North Pamunkey which ran onward to what was known as the “Splits” where it met the North Anna River.  My father referred to that area as “Miss Molly Gardner’s home place.”  These creeks and rivers all became part of Lake Anna, little known to many as the streams before Lake Anna was ever established.

    The story that I am about to tell would not have been possible without my father and mother’s love and commitment to their three sons. They always felt being good stewards of the land was particularly important.

    Helen Lucille Brogdon and James Ashby Conway met at the War Department (now known as the Defense Department) in Washington, DC.  During WWII.  In the latter part of 1942, my mother and three girlfriends came by train from Birmingham, Alabama to seek work and, of course, adventure.  My mother had gone to a small business school in Birmingham and found a clerical job which, during WWII, was in high demand.

    My father, being born and raised in Virginia, thought that he would finish his basic training and do his part either in Europe or the Pacific.  Dad had gone to a technical school and had experience in electronics and radio before the war.  When the time came for him to be assigned for duty, he had another physical exam, and it was found that he had a heart murmur.  He was told he would not be allowed to go overseas.  My father always said afterwards how disappointed he had been, but in the same breath would tell us that he would not have met our beautiful mother if he had gone.

    My two brothers and I spent our summers on our 188-acre * property.  Pamunkey Creek was on one side with the Woolfolk, Goodwin, and Harris Farms on our borders.  On the other side of our property was Terry’s Run, where we bordered the Baker Farm (where we always got our fresh milk from cows Mr. Baker milked by hand) and the Woolfolk Farm (Southwind Shores and Sunrise Bay). * Because our property bordered on both streams and both sides of the Pamunkey (where Kelly’s Landing is today), approximately 91 acres ended up under the water when Lake Anna was established.

    My mom would pack up the old Studebaker and come to “Conway” as it was known the day after school was out for the summer.   We lived in Waynesboro, and my father worked for General Electric and would come down to “Conway” on the weekends. Note: My dad and mom bought the homeplace known as “Conway” in 1954 from siblings and cousins.

    This peaceful and very rural area seemed to me like a place to run and play with no boundaries, and it teemed with adventure.   Fishing was one of the many adventures where I would catch chub or sun perch or an occasional small mouth bass.  It seemed every morning for breakfast my mom would have fried fish and jelly toast and MAN, was that good!  My mom always made homemade grape jelly from our grape arbor and picked wild blackberries and black raspberries for making jam.

    Sometimes, I would go fishing from Dillard’s Bridge (where the Cove Restaurant is today) to what we called the “Swimming Hole”.  There was a bend in the Pamunkey with a large sandbar.  A large white oak tree had fallen across and made a nice deep hole for swimming.  It was over 6 feet deep for it was over my father’s head and he was 6 feet 1 inch tall.

    When I was little, my mom would go with us to the swimming hole.  She would have sandwiches and candy bars for lunch for us.  Mom would relax on the sandbar while my brothers and I wrestled on the big log to see who would end up as “king” of the log. I was the youngest so most of the time I would be tossed off the log.  Today where that swimming hole was located is across from Kelly’s Landing about 150 feet west from a large outcrop of rocks on our property that we call “the fishing rock”.  Those rocks visible today were under a large canopy of mixed hardwoods (hickory, poplar, oak and river birch) and were not exposed until the lake was created.

    Other fishing trips began at the swimming hole where I would walk and fish along Pamunkey Creek until I got to Andy Bennett’s Bridge going in a northwest direction (Runnymeade).  For much of the fishing I would wade in the water as it was much easier to get to the “good fishing holes”.

    On the north bank of Pamunkey Creek before Bennett’s Bridge, Henry Holladay had a team of work horses that he was still using for his farm.  When I was very small, I remember he would come to our place with his team and mow a small field with his sickle mower.  I was fascinated by this.  When he was finished, he would stop to rest his horses and he would pick me up and place me on one of the horses.  I can still feel the horse’s sweaty back while I was hanging on to his collar. Little did I know, I would have my own work horse to plow on our farm in West Virginia in the mid-70’s.

    There were two freshwater springs on our land, both on the Pamunkey Creek side.  One of them came pouring out from a rock about the size of a 55-gallon drum.  My father kept it clean by digging it out so we could go there and drink the cool refreshing water.  He kept a metal ladle hanging on a tree to use for dipping.  I can still taste that water and how good it was.  This spring was approximately 200 yards downstream from the swimming hole.

    The other spring was located upstream from the swimming hole in what is now a small cove.  That spring was a good place to play.  The spring bubbled out of the ground under some large rocks.  On one rock, (a boulder about the size of a pickup truck), there was a place in the top of the rock that was scooped out.  In my mind, I wondered if it had been where early native Americans may have used it to grind corn, or most likely, acorns into meal to make Appone or Ponop cakes.  Native Americans lived in this area thousands of years ago.  I have no proof of the use of this rock, but it seems probable.  As a boy, I was fascinated by that area, and the mystery of its origins. 

    There were many lost historical features on our property.  One such feature on the Terry’s Run side was a huge (4 to 5 feet wide) beech tree that we referred to as the “initial tree”.  There were initials carved into the tree from my family on back to those of my grandfather, Raleigh Travers Conway, great uncles, the Mansfield’s (of the Baker Farm) and Raleigh Dillard’s initials and many more that I did not know.  It was a remarkable piece of history.  I wish it was still there but, unfortunately, the lake swallowed it up.  What a loss.

  • January 01, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Sue Biondi – January 2023

    There is a new development proposed at the lake, so in “light” of that development, I thought I would resurrect an article I wrote several years ago about light pollution around the lake.  The impact of the lighting in and around this development, as well as private home lighting, will be quite detrimental to the area in many ways.

    When you decided to light up the pathways to your home, light up the surrounding trees and place floodlights on and around your home and dock, did you take a moment to consider how those lights will impact the surrounding nighttime environment?  Were you disappointed when, in the city, you were unable to see the stars, galaxies or even the Milky Way?  You tried to see the shooting stars that the weatherman said would be occurring that evening and through the night, but never saw even one.  How could this be, you asked.   Oh, it must be all the city lights.  Then, you came to the lake.  You went out at night and saw a million, gazillion stars, even the Milky Way.  You saw so many shooting stars you lost count.  Now, let’s go back and consider the lights at the development and the ones you installed around your house and dock.

    According to Wikipedia, “Light pollution, also known as photo pollution, is the presence of anthropogenic (resulting from the influence of human beings on nature) light in the night environment. It is exacerbated by excessive, misdirected or obtrusive uses of light, but even carefully used light fundamentally alters natural conditions.  As a major side-effect of urbanization, it is blamed for compromising health, disrupting ecosystems and spoiling aesthetic environments.”  Various categories of light pollution are light trespass, over-illumination, glare, light clutter and skyglow.  Sometimes, these categories may overlap one another.  Living in a very rural area, outdoor lighting usually occurs via streetlamps as a sole source of lighting roadways, and the need for outdoor lighting is minimal or non-existent, except for the occasional front door lamp.

    Light trespass occurs when light from one source enters another’s property and disturbs the darkness of one’s neighbor.  At times, this may cause sleep deprivation due to a disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm.  Several cities have developed standards to protect citizens against light trespass.  Light trespass can be reduced or eliminated by selecting lighting fixtures which limit the amount of light and redirecting light away from neighbor’s property.

    Over-illumination from commercial, industrial and residential sources uses approximately four or five million barrels of oil per day.  About 30-60% of energy consumed in lighting is unneeded or frivolous.

    Glare is created by light that shines horizontally and comes in varying types: An example of blinding glare is staring at the sun, which may cause temporary or permanent vision deficiencies.  Disability glare happens when oncoming car lights temporarily blind a driver.  Or light within fog that scatters and does not allow for contrast of objects.  Discomfort glare occurs on a bright day where sunglasses are needed for comfort and less eye irritation.

    Light Clutter is a form of light pollution that is excessive and inappropriate artificial light, also known as “clutter.”  It includes bright, confusing and excessive groupings of light sources, commonly found in over-lit urban areas.  Examples are overly lit office buildings, shopping malls, highway signs and sports stadiums.  This type of lighting may have a harmful effect on motorists as well as aviation, causing confusion for pilots and vehicle accidents.

    The effect of light on ecosystems is profound. It poses a serious threat to nocturnal wildlife and has a negative impact on plant and animal physiology.  It can confuse animal navigation, alter competitive interactions, change predator-prey relations and cause physiological harm.  The rhythm of life is orchestrated by the nature patterns of light and dark, so interruption to these patterns impacts the ecological dynamics. 

    Light pollution around lakes prevents zooplankton, such as Daphnia, from eating surface algae, causing algal blooms that can kill off the lakes’ plants and lower water quality.  Daphnia normally dwell deep below the water in the day and ascend to the surface at night to feast on algae.  Darkness triggers the migration to the surface.  Nighttime lighting can prevent the zooplankton from floating up to their meals, which could lead to algae blooms that overwhelm the other life in the lake.

    Astronomy is very sensitive to light pollution.  Skies viewed in the city are significantly different from skies viewed in a dark environment.  Skyglow (the scattering of light in the atmosphere) reduces the contrast between stars and galaxies and the sky itself, making it much rarer to see fainter objects.  Skyglow is the bright halo that appears over urban areas at night, a product of light being scattered by water droplets or particles in the air.

    Insects flying around the porch light distracts them from feeding, finding mates, or producing offspring.  It is recommended to use a warm colored LED light, which attracts fewer insects.  They also scatter less intense light into the atmosphere than blue LED lights. 

    The population around the lake is increasing, with new homes and developments emerging at a rapid rate.  This article should serve as a reminder to all to consider your neighbors, the environment and the impact of lighting up the night sky.  On a clear night, venture outside, look up and enjoy the light show that Mother Nature has provided for us.  That should encourage you to turn off the lights.

  • January 01, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jean McCormick – January 2023

    Here are the new Virginia State Boating Regulations that went into effect January 1, 2023.


    This new requirement is like what motorists on the highway are expected to do. When approaching or passing within 200 feet of any law enforcement vessel or emergency services vessel that is displaying flashing blue or red lights, a boater shall slow to "no wake" so that the effect of the wake does not disturb the activities of law enforcement or emergency services personnel.


    This new regulation requires that boat operators clean any aquatic organism or vegetation from the vessel's trailer and equipment before departing the boating area. The regulation also requires boat operators to drain and take reasonable measures to dry bilge tanks and ballast tanks before departing a body of water.


    The update to the Virginia requirement for fire extinguishers mirrors the new federal fire extinguisher regulation.

    This stipulates those boats, model year 2018 or newer, must carry 5B, 10B or 20 B weight rated fire extinguishers. It also stipulates that fire extinguishers on any vessel must not be expired. A fire extinguisher that is 12 years older than the date it was manufactured is considered EXPIRED. 

  • January 01, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Carrie Hicks - January 2023

    For over 30 years, Louisa County Resource Council (LCRC) has been serving the community, providing food and essential services to families in need in Louisa.  While the primary focus of LCRC’s mission has been—and always will be—fighting food insecurity, the local nonprofit has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, developing programs to meet many of the most critical needs of Louisa County’s most vulnerable citizens.

    LCRC’s five food programs serve approximately 2,700 people monthly. From the Community Cupboard that operates as the primary food program to specialized programs like the Children’s Feeding Program, 60-Plus Feeding Program, Emergency Food Pantry, and the Grocery Assistance Program (GAP) that assists clients who have incomes above federal poverty levels, but who still struggle to put food on the table—LCRC aims to ensure that no one who comes in for assistance leaves hungry.

    In addition to the various food programs, LCRC offers a Dental Assistance Program, a Community Closet that provides clothing, medical equipment, and household necessities at little or no cost to those in need, and the most recent addition to the program catalog: Wheels for Work.  Wheels for Work assists clients with emergency automobile repairs.

    LCRC is fortunate to operate our food programs Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.  The Community Closet is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month.  Several remote distribution sites are also set up throughout the county on various days throughout the month to bring food allotments closer to clients who have difficulty getting transportation to our main facility. 

    LCRC does all this—moving approximately 3 million pounds of food through the facility each year and—with only a handful of part-time staff.  This is due to the incredible volunteers that put in over 1,300 hours of community service each month. “Our volunteers are truly what keeps LCRC running.  We could not do what we do without them.  We are so grateful for the many like-minded individuals who donate their time and share in our mission.  We are always looking to bring new faces into our fold and welcome new volunteers,” said LCRC Executive Director, Lloyd Runnett.

    With the increased need our community is facing and the exponential growth of the programs and operations over the past few years, LCRC is currently in search of an additional staff member. “Since the addition of our fourth warehouse across the street from our main facility, we are now operating over 15,000 square feet of space, prompting the need for a Warehouse and Facilities Manager to join our staff,” Runnett said.

    If you are interested in joining the LCRC team, becoming a volunteer, or donating to LCRC’s programs, contact (540) 967-1510 or email You can also visit for more information.

  • January 01, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Sue Biondi - January 2023

    If you’re new to the area or just forgot, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has planned a large roundabout, also known as a traffic circle, at the intersection of Rt 522 and 208, also known as Ware’s Crossroads.  Construction is set to begin this year.  This intersection is listed in VDOT Culpeper District’s “Top 100” intersections, based on the number of serious or fatal crashes.  Refer to VDOT’s website, which has links to their public crash database.  Frequently, traffic backs up to Alma Gaynelle Drive (Rt. 1190) and beyond.   During the summer months, you will see cars trailering boats and recreational vehicles, motor homes, 18 wheelers hauling logs, and various other large commercial vehicles in this traffic backlog.

    Adding to the intersection is a proposed shopping center located west and south of Rt. 522.  Opinions vary depending on whether drivers have experienced navigating through a roundabout.  Some see them as a great solution as opposed to placing a traffic light, or worse yet, a 3-way stop sign, and some see them as a nuisance.   A recent newspaper article explained the pros and cons of installing roundabouts, and here are some highlights of the research.

    According to research by Lee Rodegerdts, an engineer and amateur photographer from Portland, Oregon, no federal agency tracks the nation’s roundabouts, rotaries or traffic circles.  Rodegerdts wrote the book “Roundabouts: An Informational Guide”. Through research, when he began, he counted about 300 roundabouts nationwide.  Just 25 years later, he counted about 9,000.  The modern roundabout relies on a geometric design that forces traffic to slow down.  In traditional rotaries and traffic circles, traffic moves faster and vehicles already in the circle often must yield to newcomers. 

    In the United States, the fastest roundabout growth is in suburbs and rural areas, as it is difficult to fit roundabouts into the dense urban environment.  Statistics show that a roundabout will reduce fatal crashes by 90 percent and cut all car-crash injuries by at least 75 percent.  At a rural two-way stop, a roundabout can slash all traffic injuries, both fatal and nonfatal, by almost 90 percent.  A roundabout prevents a vehicle from driving through at 60 miles per hour and T-boning another vehicle, a common occurrence in typical rural intersections. 

    Roundabouts can reduce pollution and allow designers to fit more traffic in a smaller space.  Interestingly, Florida has the most roundabouts, Nebraska the most roundabouts per person, and Maryland has the most roundabouts per mile of road and is considered the roundabout champion.  Virginia ranks #14.  For photos of roundabouts, traffic circles, rotaries and traffic-calming circles, refer to the article written by Andrew Van Dam, November 25, 2022.

    In conclusion, there is no doubt that roundabouts keep traffic flowing and reduce crashes that occur in intersections.  The inner circle can include plantings that make it aesthetically pleasant.  The community will have to adjust to the change to this intersection, but when there are no longer the traffic tie-ups and accidents, they may have a change of heart in rejecting the decision to install a roundabout as opposed to a traffic light.





  • November 01, 2022 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Rick Nehrboss – November 2022


    Last summer in our membership survey, we had a couple of questions concerning HOA/POA membership.  On one question we asked if the members would support a special membership category for HOA/POA Presidents.  The overwhelming result was 85% yes!  We also had a comment about creating a forum for HOA/POA members to address areas of common interest or concern.  This very topic was the subject of discussion at four monthly board meetings, and we approved the creation of a LACA Presidents Council (PC).  In addition, we presented this concept at our July Annual Meeting and for those who missed it, we wanted to give you some highlights of what to expect.

    The Board approved the creation of the Council with the caveat the representatives should be LACA members.  We understand not all HOA/POA presidents are LACA members.  We will offer the ability for the HOA/POA President to delegate their LACA PC representation to another HOA/POA Board member who does already belong to LACA.  We will capture the appropriate organizational position in each member’s contact information on the LACA website.  Another option is for the HOA/POA Association to join as an organization with two members, and we do have several Associations who are LACA members.  We will need the contact information for the individual members for each Association along with their official positions within the HOA/POA. With this information and in preparation for the upcoming inaugural meeting, we will send out broadcast emails to Council members with invitations to participate in a Zoom meeting. 

    We envision this Council becoming a forum for Presidents and their peers to address any HOA/POA issues and to capture best practices from other council representatives who want to offer their approaches on topics such as covenant and bylaw changes, short term rental policies, pending legal actions, Management companies, contracted services, etc.  In addition to connecting organizations with similar issues, we would capture best practices into a repository for use by the Council members.  Of course, a lot of details need to be worked through, but these meetings will be specifically for the Council members. LACA’s role will be to host the meetings.  If desired, we could provide topic presentations by our Committee Chairs in a significant level of detail as our contribution to these meetings. This would provide Council members with greater insight and visibility into LACA Board decisions and initiatives. 

    We understand not all our communities are HOA/POA organizations and we haven’t forgotten you!  If you are a member of such a community and are willing to serve as a community liaison to LACA, we will add you to the Council!  You may choose to participate in meetings where you may have a common interest with the HOA/POA members and some agenda items may have broader implications!

    We anticipate conducting these meetings using Zoom only because of the size of the audience since we have approximately 180 different HOAs/POAs and subdivisions.  To accept this invitation, please contact your Regional Director listed at : If all else fails, email me at  Once we have established contacts for most HOAs/POAs and subdivisions we will announce our inaugural meeting.  We look forward to meeting our new Council members!  More to come soon!

  • November 01, 2022 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Harry Looney – November 2022

    LACA started a new water quality project this year focused on collecting data on the health of the streams and creeks in the Lake Anna Watershed. The project is called Save Our Streams and it is made possible through the work of LACA volunteers and partnerships with the Lake Anna State Park and Louisa County High School.

    The Virginia Save Our Streams program is part of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) effort that has a fifty-year history of monitoring the health of rivers, streams, and creeks across the United States. The IWLA program began in 1969 with volunteers cleaning up trash from their local waterways and reporting problems like streams becoming clogged with silt.

    The IWLA program was expanded in the 1980s to include training of volunteers to collect scientifically valid data to assess water quality in their local streams. Today, trained volunteer stream monitors across the country are uncovering pollution problems and urging their local leaders to act on water quality. The work of these volunteers also creates a critical record of water quality over time, making it possible to quickly identify pollution problems that develop in the future.

    The Save Our Streams program focuses on the macroinvertebrates (“critters”) living in the creeks and streams to identify pollution issues. Macro means that you can see them with the naked eye and invertebrates means they do not have a backbone. We look for critters that live in the water on the bottom of the creek under rocks and organic debris.

    LACA joined the IWLA network of volunteers this summer and took steps to begin sampling our local streams and creeks. We reached out to the Lake Anna State Park and local educators about joining our effort and we are pleased to partner with both the State Park and Louisa County High School on this project. We worked with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to identify potential sampling sites and we now have four stations that are perfect for Save Our Streams type monitoring. The stations are located on Goldmine Creek and the North Anna River in Louisa County, Pamunkey Creek in Orange County, and Pigeon Run in Spotsylvania County. LACA worked with the landowners near each station to ensure access to the streams is approved.

    Our first sampling session took place on Saturday, October 8th.  We sent two teams out to monitor the North Anna River and Pigeon Run stations.  A LACA volunteer team conducted sampling from State Park property located on Pigeon Run and the Louisa County High School team monitored the North Anna River station. You can see more images from the October 8th sampling on the LACA website at our Save Our Streams page. Our data reports will be posted on the LACA Save Our Streams site as soon as the data is checked for quality control purposes and loaded to the IWLA database. The data are used by DEQ in updating their biennial assessments of impaired waterways in Virginia.

    Interested LACA members are welcome to volunteer in support of LACA’s Water Quality Monitoring Program.  Contact the Water Quality Project Officer at this link if you are interested in learning more or volunteering.

  • November 01, 2022 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By John Wayne - November 2022

    The proposed plan for 15+ Lake Front Acres on 208 across from Lake Anna Plaza calls for a 130-room hotel, restaurant and a 250,000 Sq Ft Condo building. On October 13, 2022, the Planning Commission held a public hearing which surprisingly drew less than ten citizens who stood to oppose the requested zoning change. The required re-zoning from C2 to Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the proposed development passed the Planning Commission and will now be placed in front of the Board of Supervisors for their consideration and action. It appears that the Public Hearing with the BOS will be scheduled for November 21, 2022, at 6:00 pm.  

    To recap, the proposed Lake Anna Resort development is planned to have a hotel with no more than 130 rooms, a restaurant, and a condominium with up to 96 residential units consisting of 2 to 5 bedrooms each. There is also a plan for up to 83 covered and 46 uncovered boat slips all on the southern shore of the properties approximately 850 feet of water frontage. The shoreline development plan includes approximately 62,000 sq/feet of over-the-water covered area for boathouses and other amenities.

    The property’s water requirements will be met by on-site wells while the wastewater will be handled by a wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) currently in place and serving the Lake Anna Plaza complex. Louisa County and the Applicant have entered a Memorandum of Understanding for Louisa County to purchase and upgrade the existing private WWTF currently operated by Lake Anna Environmental Services. Under the plan, this upgraded facility will continue to provide wastewater treatment for the Lake Anna Plaza customers, the added Lake Anna Resort’s wastewater treatment needs and perhaps that of future commercial development within Route 208 corridor. The terms for this agreement include a one-million-dollar upfront payment from the Resort and payments for use of the WWTF going forward. Estimates for the cost to improve and upgrade the WWTF are approaching the $10M range.

    During the Community Meeting held in September and the Planning Commission Public Hearing in October, members of the Community asked many questions and expressed a number of concerns about the plan, most having to do with the issues that will come with a development of this size and scope. Issues raised by those in attendance included the County overextending itself with the purchase and upgrade of the LAES WWTF, the environmental impacts of a development this size, changing of the "rural" nature of the lake with a "Virginia Beach-style" condo setup, the light and noise pollution that will come from the proposed developments large buildings perched on the edge of the lake, increased boat traffic, safety issues for boating on Mitchell Creek and the traffic that the development will bring to Route 208, among others. LACA Land Use Committee Chair John Wayne made a statement representing the concerns and position of LACA including those surrounding the upgrade of the WWTF and the nutrient levels coming in to the Lake, opposing the Conditional Use Permit that is also being requested by the developer to raise the height of the Condo building up to 80 feet tall, and limiting short term rentals of any Condo’s that are approved to be built in the development, among other items addressed.

    It was pointed out that the current commercial (C2) zoning does not permit individually owned residential dwellings such as the proposed condominiums, which appears to be the largest bone of contention for the surrounding community. Citizens voiced frustration to county representatives at both meetings regarding how the County continues to approve plans for growth in areas where many feel the road infrastructure is already operating beyond capacity in the peak season. Other concerns mentioned were the County’s ability to respond to a fire in an 80-foot-tall building with current fire apparatus, whether families with children of school age will occupy the condominiums posing a strain on the current school system, and others. 

    Since the Planning Commission meeting where the re-zoning request was approved, there is a growing swell of opposition that promises to make their opinions known to the Board of Supervisors prior to and during the BOS Public Hearing expected on November 21st.    

    You can find additional information on this development in the Programs/Land Use pages of the LACA website As always LACA encourages our members to be informed regarding development on the Lake and to make your opinions known to your elected officials.


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