Entries tagged with “streams”.


In celebration of World Water Day (yes, that’s today!), we invite you to join one of our stream monitoring teams!

Stream monitoring is fascinating and fun! You get to learn about and see all sorts of tiny animals that not only live in our streams but also tell us the story of water quality.

Stream monitoring takes places 3 times per year: Spring, Summer and Fall. Teams meet at their designated stream with the stream team leader and follow the Save Our Streams Protocol that we’ve adopted.

After collecting specimens from the stream, you sort the different insects by type into ice-cube trays. Then we count them.

It’s fun and it’s easy — and it’s a great way to put on your Citizen Scientist hat and contribute to wildlife and habitat protection and restoration.

Learn more about our Stream Monitoring Program and Sign Up here.

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2012 Annual Family Stream Day

Saturday, October 13, 2012
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, VA (behind the Medical Building at the junction of Hatcher and Hirst Roads)

Theme: “Celebrate Water: County Streams Connect and Sustain Us”

On Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, an “County Streams Connect and Sustain Us” day is planned. This is the 11th annual “Family Stream Day” planned by Loudoun Watershed Watch. This year’s event is co-hosted by the Loudoun Environmental Stewardship Alliance (LESA) and will offer exploration of a local urban stream and hands-on discovery of the smart landscaping, stormwater and erosion control, stream assessment and monitoring, and the many ways you can help your local streams and environment.

The day’s events will include:

Kids games (several)

Stream monitoring (macroinvertebrates)

Soil erosion

Smart landscaping

Stormwater

Water quality testing

Wetland habitat

Water conservation

Event Partners include: Loudoun Water, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Loudoun County agencies, Piedmont Environmental Council, Audubon Naturalist Society, Claude Moore Park, , Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Girls Scout, Goose Creek Association and other Loudoun Watershed Watch member organizations

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Stream Monitoring and Training

Sunday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Leesburg

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is hosting a stream monitoring and training event at Banshee Reeks this Sunday at 10am.  We are meeting at the Visitor Center and then splitting into two groups. 

We will be monitoring Water Cress Run and Goose Creek.  Several experienced monitors will be on hand to give instruction and answer questions. 

Questions? Contact: Scott Sandberg – sandbergs.scott@gmail.com

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2012 Annual Family Stream Day

Saturday, October 13, 2012
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, VA (behind the Medical Building at the junction of Hatcher and Hirst Roads)

Theme: “Celebrate Water: County Streams Connect and Sustain Us”

On Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, an “County Streams Connect and Sustain Us” day is planned. This is the 11th annual “Family Stream Day” planned by Loudoun Watershed Watch. This year’s event is co-hosted by the Loudoun Environmental Stewardship Alliance (LESA) and will offer exploration of a local urban stream and hands-on discovery of the smart landscaping, stormwater and erosion control, stream assessment and monitoring, and the many ways you can help your local streams and environment. Great event for families and friends.

Poster, Prose and Photography Contest: This year’s theme is “County Streams Connect and Sustain Us”, Entries are due Sept. 30 for the contest. Grand prize is a $25 certificate! Download the 2012 guidelines here.

Event Partners include: Loudoun Water, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Loudoun County agencies, Piedmont Environmental Council, Audubon Naturalist Society, Claude Moore Park, , Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Girls Scout, Goose Creek Association and other Loudoun Watershed Watch member organizations

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In case you missed this in the news, back in January, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released a report: Debunking the “Job Killer” Myth: How Pollution Limits Encourage Jobs in the Chesapeake Bay Region.

This investigative report provides evidence of job creation that has already occurred and will likely expand in the Bay region due to the water-pollution limits. 

Their report aims to counter sweeping assertions about economic ruin caused by environmental regulations that are being used by opponents seeking to derail Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts. Read more about this report here.

Download the full report itself here (17 pages) and read for yourself.

Feel free to forward this to our Loudoun Board of Supervisors (bos@loudoun.gov) - it’s a report they should read as well!

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Notice of Citizen Nomination of Surface Waters for Water Quality Monitoring
 
In accordance with §62.1-44.19:5.F of the Code of Virginia, the Water Quality Monitoring Information and Restoration Act, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has developed guidance for requests from the public regarding specific segments that can be nominated for consideration to be included in the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ’s) annual Water Quality Monitoring Plan. 
 
Any citizen of the Commonwealth who wishes to nominate a water body or stream segment for inclusion in DEQ’s Water Quality Monitoring Plan should refer to the guidance in preparation and submittal of their requests.  All nominations must be received by April 30, 2012 to be considered for the 2013 calendar year.  Copies of the guidance document and nomination form are available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/cmonitor/.

In past years (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011), Loudoun Watershed Watch has submitted nominations of new sites for stream monitoring by the state.  Virginia DEQ responded and expanded their monitoring, but only where budgets would allow.  If you would like to suggest additional sites for monitoring, please submit them to info@loudounwatershedwatch.org and Loudoun Watershed Watch will compile them as our submission.

You can view previous nominations and responses here.  Also, there is a map of candidate sites posted at http://www.loudounwatershedwatch.org/subitem3_4.html

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Learn more about our watershed and where our water comes from and goes to locally in Loudoun. 

This publication provides a great illustration that is fun for kids and adults alike as well as puzzles and games.

The Watershed Map was recently distributed to 4th graders at Newton Lee Elementary in Ashburn.

http://www.loudounwatershedwatch.org/pdf/LWW_Educational_Map.pdf

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Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is active in a number of coalitions across the area.  Coalitions are a great way to bring together diverse groups of people and organizations with differing perspectives to address local issues.

One coalition that we support is the Choose Clean Water Coalition, and given that hurricane Irene is coming our way and we’re about to see a lot of water, I thought I’d highlight that here today.

The Choose Clean Water coalition brings together people and nearly 200 organizations from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, working together to help everyone in the region choose clean water.

You can follow the work of this coalition through Facebook, Twitter, and through Podcasts, as well as through the website which summarizes key issues.

Clean water is truly one of the very few things we cannot live without, yet here in the US we certainly take it for granted. 

Here in Loudoun, we live in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and some serious work needs to be done to restore the habitat and thereby the water that runs through our communities.

If you’re interested in learning more about water quality and getting your feet wet locally, check out our Stream Monitoring Program.  It’s a lot of fun!

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Wondering what the conditions are of streams running through your neighborhood? 

Here’s a really cool resource to find out: Loudoun County Stream Assessment

Simply enter your street address and click “find”.  A map will pop up showing the streams near you.  Click on the yellow pin points to pull up the reports.

Visit Loudoun Watershed Watch for more information as well as the County’s Stream Assessment pages.

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Our friends from Keep Loudoun Beautiful sent over this nice opportunity to help clean up the Goose!

Saturday, June 11, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join Keep Loudoun Beautiful for a trash pick-up along the Goose Creek using canoes and professional guides from River & Trail Outfitters. Refreshments and t-shirts will be provided at the end of the event. Reservations are required. Must be at least 8 years old and all those under 18 will require signed permissions from parent or guardian. For more information and to register, visit www.keeploudounbeautiful.org. For questions not answered there, contact us at info@keeploudounbeautiful.org or (703)771-4231.

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