Good Morning, RVA: Fall, is that you?

The seasons change while we swim in a sea of bikes.

Photo by: timbu

Good morning, RVA! It’s 64 °F, and yesterday’s clouds continue today. Not much of a chance for rain, though, so that’s good for the two-wheeled athletes zooming around our streets. Bad for our plants, I guess. But the plants aren’t competing in the biggest sports event of their entire lives, so they can deal.

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American women, Chloe Dygert and Emma White, dominated the Women Juniors Time Trial yesterday, placing first and second respectively. USA! USA! USA! Today the junior men and elite women hit the same exact course. Here’s our daily update on how the Big Bike Race™ impacts you.

The Martin Agency has pulled a couple Civil War-themed ads promoting the bike race. Out of all the ways to promote Richmond in 2015, they chose a satire of a Civil War battle? Co-CEO of the American Civil War Museum S. Waite Rawls III puts it perfectly, “…perhaps it would be better if the cyclists were seen in the context of today’s view of that history rather than trying to make them part of the past.” BOOM!

The RTD would like to remind you (and kill your buzz) that public drinking is still prohibited downtown. Fiiiiiiine.

The James River High School field hockey team were told they violated the school’s dress code for wearing…their uniforms? James River students! May I direct your attention to Maggie Walker High School’s effective dress code protest?

Did you hear about this Volkswagen clean diesel scandal? It’s crazy! VW has had secret software in place to improve their emissions data only when regulators were looking! Volkswagen’s stock price dropped 20% as a result. Yikes.


  • Nats had their game against the Orioles postponed yesterday. Tonight’s game is at 7:05 PM.
  • D.C. United will try to advance in the CONCACAF champions league quarter finals against Montego Bay United FC tonight at 8:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

The Abandoned Plan That Could Have Saved America From Drought

Engineers, you guys are crazy sometimes!

Even for those heady times, NAWAPA was a grand plan. It proposed to tap some of the continent’s largest rivers — including the Yukon in Alaska, and the Peace and Fraser in British Columbia — and store most of it in an enormous valley that runs the length of British Columbia, turning the much of the valley into a reservoir 500 miles long. (Lake Mead on the Colorado River, the largest reservoir in the United States, is 112 miles long when full.) A canal would carry fresh water from British Columbia 2,000 miles east to the Great Lakes, diluting their polluted waters and, not incidentally, opening a commercial waterway from Vancouver to Lake Superior. Other canals, tunnels, and pumps would send water from the reservoir in British Columbia to some of the driest regions of the United States and Mexico: the inland Pacific Northwest, the Great Basin, Southern California and the desert Southwest, and the northern Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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