The Rivanna, which is an abbreviation for "River Anna", was named after the Queen of England. It's an appropriate moniker for one of Virginia's prettiest small rivers that has a regal history, including the honor of being the State's first governmentally-designated Scenic River. The headwaters of the Rivanna lie in the foothills and mountains west of Charlottesville, actually reaching the Eastern border of Shenandoah National Park. Its importance as a transportation artery in the 1700's and 1800's is well known, and remnants of the aqueducts, canal, locks, and tow paths that facilitated this use can still be seen today. Because of its natural beauty, history, and location near Charlottesville, the Rivanna has attracted a lot of attention from conservationist groups and the public, in general. In fact, The Rivanna Conservation Society was formed by concerned members of the public to help protect this priceless resource. It's a valuable source of information for anyone interested in learning more about the River and/or getting involved in its conservation. Among other things, it sponsors a program that monitors water quality and general stream health along the entire length of the Rivanna to its confluence with the James River at Columbia. Additional information regarding the Rivanna can be found at the Rivanna Conservation Society web site: www.rivannariver.org.