Eight firms want to show us how to dredge
Eight firms responded by the June 17 deadline to compete for the contract to provide a major how-to guide on dredging the silt-packed Rivanna Reservoir, according to Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority. The firms include Gahagan & Bryant, the company that Charlottesville mayor Dave Norris invited to give a presentation over a year ago. After that, however, dredging stalled as Albemarle County interests created a task force packed with dredging opponents such as Albemarle County supervisor Sally Thomas and Albemarle County Service Authority board member John Martin, who continues to claim, despite falling water demand, that building a mega-reservoir along Interstate 64 is inevitable. The other firms seeking the contract are Anchor QEA, Apex Companies, Dalton, Olmstead & Fuglevand, F. X. Browne, HDR Engineering, PBS & J, and S. T. Hudson Engineers. A nine-member committee, packed with dam proponents such as Judy Mueller and the executive directors of the area's two board-controlled waterworks, Tom Frederick and Gary Fern, will make a decision at a time of its own choosing.