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The CWA Environment Committee was established to explore opportunities for CWA member involvement in a variety of environmental programs.  
If you would like to volunteer to help facilitate the Club's involvement with Environmental Projects
please contact VP Carol Stevenson

 

In 2013, CWA members participated in Trout in the Classroom.  

Three CWA members attended the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) teacher and volunteer training and orientation workshop held on November 23 at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia Maryland.  Rachel Dagovitz, Jennifer Smock and Marcia Jones learned about the TIC program from transport of trout eggs through the release of young trout fingerlings in Maryland waters in the Spring of 2014.  More than 80 new teachers from schools throughout Maryland attended the orientation.  The program operates in 74 schools and outdoor education centers in ten counties and the District of Columbia.


In 2012, CWA activities included:
  • Support for the Potomac Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s “Trout in the Classroom.”  The popular program shows the development of trout in a classroom setting and culminates with trout being released into a natural environment. The program also includes demonstrating the use of fly fishing gear for the students.  We are looking foward to expanding the role of CWA in the coming year.
  • Partnering with Gunpowder Riverkeepers and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on July 28 to replace fishing management signage along the Gunpowder River.  A group from CWA worked with Theaux Le Gardeur, Director of the Gunpowder Riverkeepers, to place fishing signage provided by DNR.  This important activity may become an annual event to replace signs taken down or vandalized during the year. 

In 2011, several exciting environmental opportunities were planned for CWA, including:

  • Fishing artificial reefs to collect species information for the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
  • Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Artificial Reefs: www.bayrestoration.org
  • Seining rivers and streams for the Department of Natural Resources to collect invertebrates for identification and associated determination of water health:
  • MD Department of Natural Resources Stream Waders: www.dnr.state.md.us/streams
  • Partnered with Trout Unlimited on the end stages of Trout in the Classroom projects by assisting with moving fish from the classroom to the water and demonstrating the use of fly fishing gear for the students
  • Potomac Patuxent Trout Unlimited Trout in the Classroom: www.pptu.org

In 2009 and 2010, CWA members worked with the Montgomery County Department of Parks and the MD Department of Natural Resources to adopt the Hawlings River located in Rachel Carson Conservation Park, Maryland.

  • Water testing was done by our members to assess river health.
  • Members installed a culvert over a feeder stream for horseback riders and hikers to reduce contamination of the river.
  • Members stocked the river with 1,000 brown trout
  • A map clearly identifying different trail types was placed in the parking area.
  • Educational brochures were created to increase awareness among park patrons about the ongoing environmental work being done within the park
  • Follow up in 2010 included:
  • Assessing the  level of success of our precious year's stocking program by fishing the river, and participating in a fish count by electroshocking study initiated by the Montgomery County Department of Parks
  • Improving trail signage within the park
  • Introduction of a park patron brochure regarding the ongoing environmental work being done by CWA
Large-scale individual environmental projects arranged through the committee may carry over from year to year or overlap with newly found projects that greatly interest CWA members. 
 
The committee identifies projects ranging from stream clean-up to water run-off monitoring sponsored by organizations seeking volunteers.  We cooperate with conservation-minded organizations including:

 

CWA members interested in a specific activity with a particular organization will find contact information by visiting Conservation-Minded Organizations under Related Links and always checking our CWA Calendar .

 

For a glimpse of our activities, select the Environment Activities album through the Photo Gallery.

 

If you would like to volunteer to help facilitate the Club's involvement with Environmental Projects

                                                            please contact VP Carol Stevenson