Preservation of the county’s open spaces and natural beauty require the active participation of residents, businesses and visitors.
Clean up the County
The Charles City Clean Community Commission sponsors community cleanups twice a year. Encourage your family, friends or church group to make it a day of meaningful work and good fun! For information call 804-652-4707 for details.
Have your septic system maintained regularly
All septic systems should be evaluated by a professional every five years. Regular system maintenance is vital to your health and to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Call 804-652-4707 for more information.
Keep the roadways free of litter
The Adopt-a-Highway program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Transportation provides an opportunity for you or your family, business or civic group to keep the roads in your section of Charles City free of litter. Learn more by downloading the Adopt-a-Highway brochure .
Properly dispose of hazardous household waste
Liquid paints, pesticides, oils, filters, solvents, household cleaners, chemicals, and batteries are hazardous waste and not to be included with your household trash. Electronic equipment such as computers, printers, monitors, and televisions also contain hazardous elements. Hazardous waste and tires are not accepted at the County convenience centers. Special collection dates at the main landfill are scheduled for household hazardous waste and tires at least once a year. Call 804-966-7146 for information on these days. Should you wish to dispose of tires or hazardous waste before these special collection days, tires can be disposed of for a fee at Virginia Recycling, 4301 S. Mountcastle Road, Providence Forge, VA 23294, (804) 966-5159. For information about other regional recycling opportunities visit www.cvwma.com .
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
The following items may be recycled at all three of the county convenience centers: (1) Paper products including, cardboard, magazines, newspapers, office paper and paper bags; (2) Containers including aluminum cans, plastics #1 and #2, tin cans and glass; (3) Fluids including used oil and used antifreeze (quantities of 5 gallons or less) may be recycled ONLY at the Munford Road Convenience Center during regular hours of operation.
Report environmental violations
Call the James River Association River Keeper (804) 337-9283 Hotline 1-800-366-9229 to report conditions on the James River that might require investigation, such as numbers of dead fish or visible pollution. For more information visit www.jamesriverassociation.org. Call Charles City County Development Office (804) 652-4747 to report the dumping of tires, littering, trash or other refuse. This office also regulates land disturbance and activities in wetlands. Call if you have any questions about permissible activities.
Some Charles City farms along the James River have been under continuous crop production for more than 400 years, but they remain highly productive land. Several local farmers have won national contests in bushel per acre grain production. In 2007 David Hula finished first and his brother Johnny finished second in the nation in the NO-TILL, strip-till irrigated class in the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest. Before 2007 David Hula was the National Corn Grower in three out of four consecutive years. He and David Black also have won the National Wheat Growers First Place, producing 140+ bushels per acre of soft red winter wheat.
Charles City farmers have developed the leading technology for controlling runoff from grain cultivation. Fully ninety percent of crop acreage in Charles City is in a never-till cropping system. When Hurricane Floyd dropped approximately 19 inches of rain in 24 hours on some long-term never-till fields, visual observation showed virtually no erosion. A scientific study conducted in 2000 on one long term never-till field demonstrated a 99.9% reduction in sediment runoff compared to conventional tillage and a 95% reduction of runoff of nitrogen and phosphorous. This new technology could become a primary strategy to achieve a healthy Chesapeake Bay.
Kittiewan Wildlife Preserve (Not open to the public.)
The Kittiewan Wildlife Preserve is a marshland wildlife preserve which helps to protect and save our natural resources.
VCU Rice Center (Not open to the public.)
The Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences is a 343-acre research facility, including a 70-acre lake, located where Kimages Creek enters the James River. Although only twenty miles from VCU’s Richmond campus the property is rich in natural resources and wildlife. It provides VCU students and faculty with a living laboratory in which to study the environment. VCU also uses the Rice Center to provide field experience to local and regional schools and community groups. The Rice Center will be the headquarters for the Virginia Rivers Initiative. This program will focus on the James River, which is Virginia’s largest aquatic ecosystem and one of the most important rivers on the east coast. The Virginia Rivers Initiative will use the James River as a national model for the study and conservation of large rivers. For additional information visit www.vcu.edu/rice.