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RVAH2O Now Giving the People the Straight Poop on Sewer Overflows

This real-time technology and data makes Richmond’s the first “Smart Sewers” in Virginia.

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Full credit to Whit Clements for giving me that headline of this announcement from RVAH2O.

Big Update (and Upgrade!) for Combined Sewer System Overflow Events in Richmond! 📣

Real-time data is now viewable in an interactive map that looks just like the one above so you can know exactly where and when overflows occur (and plan your James River visits accordingly!).

(The map is linked in perpetuity in our bio as “Check for Combined Sewer System Overflow Events Here” but you can also bookmark the link for rainy days!)

Here’s how it works: just hover over (or, on your phone, click on) any of the remaining 25 overflow points in Richmond to see the last time combined flows were discharged—and just like that you’ll be up-to-date!

Red triangles give you a quick notification that there’s been an overflow event in the past 48 hours. 🔺

When you see yellow boxes, that means our team is recalibrating those sensors and meters. 🟨

This up-to-date system will replace the email alerts of the past (which were triggered and automated when it rained 0.1″ at the @richmondairport, which doesn’t always reflect rainfall within city limits).

This new map uses:

  • meters at each outfall to quantify flows
  • rain gauges in Richmond
  • real-time data that’s updated continuously!

This real-time technology and data makes Richmond’s the first “Smart Sewers” in Virginia (we love being trendsetters)! 🧠🌊

And this system will help us to maximize and fully utilize the capacity within our system to prevent overflows and reduce overflow volume!

We know y’all love accurate information and continuous updates, so we hope you’ll love this upgrade and map made for you too!

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Free Walk-up Covid Vaccination Events for this Week

Cases are on the decline to keep trending in that direction getting the unvaccinated vaccinated will help.

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University of Richmond ranked as one of “Nation’s Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges” by The Princeton Review

For 12 consecutive years, The Princeton Review has selected the University of Richmond as a top school for environmental stewardship.  

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For 12 consecutive years, The Princeton Review has selected the University of Richmond as a top school for environmental stewardship.

Since 2010, The Princeton Review has released its annual Guide to Green Colleges, which highlights schools with strong commitments to environmentally conscious practices and programs and serves as a resource to college applicants seeking schools with exemplary commitments to the environment and sustainability. The University of Richmond has made the list every year.

“The University of Richmond integrates sustainability across academics and extra-curricular activities to ensure all faculty, staff, and students have an opportunity to participate in practices that improve environmental well-being on our campus,” said Director of Sustainability Rob Andrejewski. “To continually make this list is a testament to the great projects focused on sustainability happening on campus and the broader recognition that they are having an impact.”

The 12-year history of recognition coincides with the development of the University’s Office for Sustainability, which was established in 2009. Recent campus sustainability projects include:

  • Operation of a 120-acre solar facility, which adds 40,000 MWh of fossil-free energy to the electricity grid annually.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations located at a variety of locations on campus, including a new installation near Maryland Hall, help decarbonize transportation.
  • The community garden located in the Eco-Corridor includes more than 30 raised beds available to members of the campus community through a lottery system each year.
  • Goats recently returned to campus for a third time to clear invasive plants along the Eco-Corridor. Goat browsing is an environmentally friendly landscape management practice that reduces the need for herbicide and gas-powered equipment.

The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide is released each October, and schools are selected based on data from student surveys about the influence of sustainability issues on their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

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Covid Vaccination Appointments Now Available for 5-11 Year Olds

Children’s vaccine appointments may be available at the Community Vaccination Center (CVC) and RHHD hubs starting on Thursday, November 4th. A greater wealth of appointments are expected to be available starting next week.

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Following the CDC and FDA approvals of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11-year-olds, vaccination opportunities for Richmond and Henrico children are becoming available. Children will be able to access appointments through pediatricians, pharmacies, and health department events.

“Parents can expect to see some vaccination opportunities this week with more coming next week and the following,” explains Amy Popovich, Nurse Manager for Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD). “While there are some logistics involved in receiving shipments of the lower dosage vaccine, we anticipate all eligible kids who want to be vaccinated should be able to access an appointment this month.”

Children’s vaccine appointments may be available at the Community Vaccination Center (CVC) and RHHD hubs starting on Thursday, November 4th. A greater wealth of appointments are expected to be available starting next week. The clinics will initially require children to have an appointment. Walk-ups will be served if there is enough supply on hand; otherwise, staff will schedule an appointment for them for another clinic.

Children should be accompanied by an adult age 18+. Accompanying adults who are not the parent or guardian will be asked to verbally confirm they have the child’s parent’s permission to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Parents are encouraged to visit vax.rchd.com, call 804-205-3501, or check with their pharmacy or pediatrician to find a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in their community.

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