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Mercury contamination has plagued South River from 1929 until present from Waynesboro to Port Republic. Scientists and citizens from academia, industry, government, and NGO's have pooled their resources to try to understand how this pollutant behaves in South River. The South River Science Team has been in existence since 2000, and has studied many biological, chemical, hydrologic, and physical aspects of the river in an attempt to reduce the risk of mercury contamination to humans and animals. To find out more about this organization and its findings, some of their newsletters can be read at: South River Science Team

The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival has been held every April since 2000 at Constitution Park in Waynesboro. For more about this, check out their website at: Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

Riverfest is also held every April in Constitution Park in Waynesboro. This event is a community celebration of South River and is full of food, exhibits, demonstrations, canoe rides, and art. Their website is: Riverfest

Grand Caverns is home to some of the most intriguing caves in Virginia. In addition to some interesting cavern tours, the Living Cave/Living River exhibit is a marvelous way to educate yourself how our water resources are affected on and below the earth's surface. Take a look at the video at: Grand Caverns

The Grottoes Police Department and DGIF co-sponsor Chief Charlie's Kid's Fishing Day on the first Saturday of May at Grottoes Town Park. Fishing, food, and fun are FREE to kids 15 years and younger. If your youngster does not have a fishing rod or tackle, they will be provided.

Fifty volunteers combined to remove 2 tons of trash on South River Cleanup Day. This was held in conjunction with our first National Day of Service and Remembrance on 9/11/09. See the photo gallery for pictures of this eventful day.