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Friends 26th Annual Meeting and Family Fun Day - Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Bring your family and friends down by the river at the Town Park in Strasburg, VA. Enjoy an afternoon of great food and lots of water fun! Hunt for macroinvertebrates (stream bottom critters), see native fish, and enjoy many other exciting and hands-on things to do! This is truly a family day! Lunch is provided by Boy Scout Troop 88 and there is no admission fee for this event. However, registration is required by April 20, 2014. Register here...
Algae Monitoring Initiative…We Are Looking for Volunteer Monitors for 2014
As many of you know, the amount of algae in the North Fork has increased significantly over the last 8 years. It has been choking out native grasses and impairing our enjoyment of the river when fishing, paddling and swimming. While it is clear that the river is “impaired” by excess algae much of the summer, government action may be predicated on being able to measure the amounts of algae in various parts of the river. With this in mind, the US EPA has funded an effort by the Interstate Commission of the Potomac River Basin to develop and test a river algae monitoring protocol.
We are in need of three to five teams of two or three people who are willing to help with this important work. The effort will involve surveying algae growth at a selected transect of the river twice a month through October. This effort requires wading across the river during each survey, so there is some risk involved. You would need to be comfortable wading the river and knowing when not to do so, due to river level or turbidity.
Training of volunteers will occur in April and May. If you do not have a partner for this effort, we will team you up with someone else. If you are not up to this effort, perhaps you know someone who would be willing to help.
Interested? Questions? Please get in touch with John Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fracking in the News
The final management plan for the George Washington National Forest is scheduled for release this year. Friends and our partners are concerned that the Forest Service will lift the current ban on horizontal drilling (fracking) that is currently in the plan.
"Proposed Fracking in National Forest Meets Broad Opposition," Neela Banerjee, January 22, 2014, Los Angeles Times. READ MORE...
"Fracking Limits for Virginia Forest Spark Debate on Water", Mark Drajem, Sept. 6, 2013 READ MORE...
“Energy Industry Heavyweights Arguing Against Outright Ban on ‘Fracking’ In National Park”, http://washington.cbslocal.com, July 4, 2013 READ MORE...
For additional information about any of the listed workshops, contact Cindy Frenzel at email@example.com.
2014 Student - Teacher Workshops
June 23-27: North Fork Shenandoah to the Bay Professional Development for Teachers. Partnering with Chesapeake Bay Foundation to hold a professional development for teachers in public and private schools in the North Fork watershed in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick Counties in Virginia. READ MORE...
July 7-11: 2014 North Fork Explorers Summer Camp. A week-long summer enrichment environmental education opportunity for rising 6th-12th graders.
July 7-11: 2014 Shenandoah River Players Summer Camp. A week-long student summer enrichment environmental education and dramatic arts opportunity for rising 1st-3rd graders.
Read the Winter 2013 newsletter here!
View the 2014 Education Calendar here!
Friends' Education Coordinator, Cindy Frenzel, and members Jeff and Ali Carithers, Receive Awards
At its annual awards luncheon, the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Consrvation District recognized Cindy Frenzel, Friends' Education Coordinator, with the Outstanding Educator Award for increasing the Friends' education efforts.
Jeff and Ali Carithers, Friends' members, received the Conservation Partner Award for all the conservation practices on their land.
Read the full article here.
Federal Court Ruling Affirms Chesapeake Bay Blueprint
Press Release, September 13, 2013
(Annapolis, MD) Pennsylvania Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo today issued a ruling upholding Bay clean-up efforts, and rejecting the arguments of the Farm Bureau, the National Association of Home Buidlers, and other big agriculture interests. The ruling affirmed that EPA, working with the states, has the authority to set science-based pollution limits. READ MORE...
Indian Spring Wetland Receives 2013 Better Development Award from The Valley Conservation Council. READ MORE...