Saturday, November 5, 9:00 a.m.  Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg at Ida Lee Park for a tree planting event designed to improve the water quality of Big Spring Creek and create new wildlife habitat in the park. 

Volunteers should meet in the parking area below the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center. Participants are encouraged to bring a shovel and gloves.

The new trees will be planted along Big Spring Creek in what is known as a “riparian” area. The trees will improve the creek’s water quality by filtering stormwater runoff before it reaches the creek.  Such forested stream buffer can improve stream water quality by removing sediment and contaminants, lowering stream temperatures, and preventing stream bank erosion.

The project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants program, which is administered through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The grant funding is managed by the Loudoun County Water Resources Team within the Department of Building and Development.

Call Scott Sandberg with the Loudoun County Department of Building and Development at 571-258-3304 for more information.