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ON THE STREET | STORIES | CURRENT EVENTS | HIGHLIGHTS
mulch, mowing and trimming pathways and cleaning up abandoned garden plots.
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The Construction crew maintains all 55+ miles of paved pathways, which includes resurfacing. They also repair bridges and take care of all the playgrounds, picnic pavilions, tennis courts and bathrooms. The Construction team maintains the Nature House, The Lake House, Glade Room and Brown’s Chapel on a regular basis. “It’s like owning a big house. You have to change out light bulbs, replace ceiling tiles, fix any plumbing issues, just like you would with your own home,” said Mike McNamara, Director of Maintenance and Natural Resources.
WATERSHED AND LAKES
The Watershed and Lakes staff maintains all four of RA’s lakes to meet Virginia’s certification standards. They make sure all the creeks and tributaries are flowing properly and are healthy, including the ponds. Watershed specialists conduct several stream restoration projects and work with volunteers on a quarterly basis to survey the quality of RA’s streams. Experts are brought in to conduct water quality tests on all the lakes and measure the quality of its fish. Divers are hired to inspect the dams. The department is also responsible for registering, monitoring, and inspecting all of the boats on the lakes to ensure they are in compliance. To protect the shorelines, they must limit the number of boats allowed on each lake.
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