Alexandria Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

2729 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, VA 22556

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Time to celebrate Earth Day! Mark your calendar! Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It originated in the United States in 1970 to raise awareness about environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, deforestation, and biodiversity loss. Twenty million Americans took part in the first Earth Day, leading to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of landmark environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. People celebrate Earth Day in various ways, including organizing clean-up events, planting trees, advocating for environmental policies, promoting recycling and energy conservation, and participating in educational activities about sustainable living. At our IWL property, we will be celebrating Earth Day on Sunday April 21st by officially unveiling the planting effort that was recently completed through a collaborative effort among the Shotgun Committee, the Scouts of America, and the Conservation Committee. We will be conducting a short ceremony by the Clubhouse at 1:30PM on Sunday, April 21st to recognize the conservation benefits of this planting effort. All IWLA members are invited, so we hope to see you there. Afterward, feel free to stay for the monthly chapter general membership meeting to learn about other exciting activities going on around our property. Earth Day serves as a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, and fosters a sense of solidarity, and cooperation in addressing environmental challenges that affect us all. It encourages communities to take action to protect the planet and promote a more sustainable way of living. Through our IWL conservation efforts, like the seedling plantings, we are working to support efforts that maintain the health and integrity of our natural resources and valuable ecological habitats. It is important that we continue to take steps to preserve the natural beauty of our property to secure that legacy for future generations. The Conservation team is also preparing for the upcoming spring stream sampling. This is a chance for us to get a better understanding of the health of the streams on the property. We assess the physical and chemical characteristics of the stream and conduct sampling of the macroinvertebrates that live in the stream. This is a great opportunity for volunteers of all ages. (Parents need to be on site if children will be attending.) There is a wide range of activities for volunteers. The sampling is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM). Please contact the Conservation Chair, Erika Wettergreen, if you are interested in volunteering, or if you have any questions about the sampling effort. Erika Wettergreen – Conservation Chairerika[AT]wettergreen[DOT]com Save Our Streams: 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. We are still looking for the macroinvertebrate equipment. An option for the macroinvertebrate equipment would be to make our own. The instructions are http://dep.wv.gov/WWE/getinvolved/sos/Documents/SOSKit/HomemadeEquipment.pdf. simple and easy to follow. One of the Committee members has a source for a few more pieces of PVC. Look and see if you can help. The chapter seeks volunteers to help start a stream-monitoring program for five areas around the property. If interested contact Eric Brown or Erika Wettergreen on how you can help.
Conservation Report July 2022 (Members only) IWLeague - Water quality in Virginia
VA Dept of Health - Ways to conserve water




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Erika Wettergreen, Conservation Committee Chair , Send Message , (Log in to see additional contact info)

For more information on Conservation, see IWLA Conservation