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If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas you would like to share conservation wise, please email me at IWLAConservation@outlook.com
Bethany Harvey - Akiko Tachibana - Co Chairs
Save Our Streams: On March 30th the chapter hosted the IWLA Chesapeake Monitoring Outreach Coordinator who gave a class to members on becoming a volunteer water quality monitor for the Virginia Save Our Streams program. This class focused on the biological health of streams rather than the physical or chemical conditions.
Students learned how to identify over 25 different types of aquatic macroinvertebrates and different methods of collecting samples from muddy and rocky bottom streams. The class then went out to the tent camping area where there is a stream adjacent to the shotgun range. They collected over 100 “bugs” to include Crayfish, Sowbugs, Dragonflies and many more. The students even found a Mayfly, which is in the pollution sensitive category. Overall the stream was determined to be in an acceptable ecological condition at this point in time.
Virginia Save Our Streams is a program of the Izaak Walton League of America. Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations. Virginians have the right to know whether our streams are safe for swimming, fishing, playing, and drinking. Virginia Save Our Streams monitors water quality of Virginia’s streams and educates the public about the importance of clean water.
The chapter seeks volunteers to help start a stream-monitoring program for five areas around the property. If interested contact Eric Brown or Akiko Tachibana on how you can help.