The Save Our Streams program monitors the health of many of Warren County's streams. Our trained monitors perform macroinvertebrate surveys 3 to 4 times per calendar year on each stream. The data collected are sent to the state SOS organization to maintain an ongoing database history for each stream.
We're always looking for dedicated volunteers to help with stream monitoring. Training classes are scheduled throughout the warmer Summer months. Please feel free to contact Dan Pesta or Jim (Fred) Eisenman if you're interested in becoming a stream monitor, or if you'd just like to learn more about healthy stream life. Contact Dan Pesta or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you aren't sure if you want to commit to being a monitor, why not attend a training class just to see what's involved?
Stream clean-ups are also planned periodically. Any and all are welcome and needed. Happy Creek is usually the targeted stream as it seems to always need a pick-up. Please click on the calendar for dates, times, and places.
Training classes are usually held at the bridge over Passage Creek next to the state fish hatchery. We must have at least two participants to carry out the class. Classes usually take about three hours or so. Please contact Dan Pesta if interested. We are in need of new stream monitors.
WE'RE HELPING TO END EXCESS POULTRY WASTE
Here's a recent summary update from Jeff Kelble, the Shenandoah Riverkeeper, on his request for comments last summer:
With the help of all the comments (we generated several hundred specific and personal comments which represented nearly 90%) we got the regulation passed by the Water Control Board in December and it became enforceable January 1, 2010
The regulation is already doing a lot of heavy lifting. Since it passed I've personally used it many times to get uncovered or poorly sited litter piles to be moved, covered, cleaned up, etc. So the regulation is powerful, citizens can get involved, and the agency is enforcing it. People (should) keep an eye out for litter piles that are within 100 feet of waterways or intermittent streams, near sinkholes etc. and snap a picture so we can verify what it is. Email it to Jeff via www.shenandoahriverkeeper.org with a description of where it's located. Several citizens have been doing that.
If you want to become more active in helping ensure the health of the River, contact Jeff through the Riverkeeper website for more info. Consider becoming a supporting member and a volunteer Riverwatcher.