July 2018

Watershed Calendar

In This Issue
July Events
Friday July 6th, 6:30pm
Saturday, July 7th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Great Falls, VA
Sunday, July 8th
11am - 1:30pm
Prince William County
Saturday, July 14th
8:30am, Fairfax, VA
Saturday, July 14th, 9:00am- 11:30am
Springfield, VA
Knee Deep in a Creek
Saturday, July 14th
10:30am - Noon
Reston, VA
Sunday July 15th
10:00am - Noon
James Long Park
Saturday, July 21st
Springfield, VA
Saturday, July 21st
Multiple times & locations
Thursday, July 26th
8:30 - 9:30pm
Burke Lake Park
Saturday, July 28th
8:00am - 11:00am
Reston, VA
Saturday, July 28th
9:30am - noon
Great Falls, VA
Sunday, July 29th
1:30 - 4:00pm
Springfield, VA

Happy 4th! The heat and the humidity are back with a vengeance. Don't you think it would feel good to cool off in a stream? Check out the many July stream monitoring events and other goings-on below.
July Stream Monitoring Events
Date: Sunday, July 8th,
Location: Lakeridge neighborhood, Woodbridge

        Date: Saturday, July 14th, 9am
        Location: Pohick Creek Stream Park, Springfield

 Prince William Monitoring Session: Haymarket
Date: Sunday, July 15th, 10am
Location: James Long Park, Haymarket

Date: Saturday, July 28th, 8am
Location: Reston, VA
Difficult Run Monitoring Workshop 
Date: Saturday, July 28th, 9:30am
Location: Difficult Run Stream Park, Great Falls

Date: Sunday, July 29th, 1:30pm
Location: South Run Rec Center, Springfield

Stream Monitoring News
Monitors: Get Your Certification on August 18th!!
Have you attended a few monitoring events, but want to volunteer at a higher level? Think about becoming certified! Certified monitors adopt their own stream site and monitor it quarterly. Their data is submitted to the Virginia Dept. of Enviromental Quality. To sit for the certification test, you must first attend 3-4 workshops or sessions (or have equivalent prior experience). The test will next be offered at our Certification Workshop, August 18th in Manassas. The workshop will include an indoor review presentation and a full outdoor stream monitoring. All are welcome to attend, even if you are not  yet ready to become certified!
Other Water Quality News
NVSWCD's New Conservation Education Specialist
Please welcome the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District's newest staff member: Ashley Palmer! Ashley joins us from George Mason University, where she is currently working on her masters degree in Environmental Science. As the District's Conservation Education Specialist, Ashley will oversee our outreach and education efforts, and in the coming months, will take over the day-to-day management of the stream monitoring program. If you are a teacher, scout leader, garden club member or any other citizen interested in our community presentations and educational opportunities, please feel free to get in touch with Ashley.
NVSWCD Initiatives and Program Updates
July 14th Green Breakfast: Revitalize, Restore, Replant - A Model for Stormwater Management and Stewardship at Schools
Time: Saturday, July 14th, 8:30am
Location: Brion's Grille: 10621 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA 22032
On-campus stormwater facilities have been seen simply as a means to manage a school's runoff, not a place to learn. However this approach is changing in Fairfax thanks to the County's Stormwater Planning Division.  Their nationally-recognized R3 (Revitalize, Restore, Replant) program treats stormwater management facilities as teaching and learning labs through student-led native plant installations.  Stormwater Planning ecologists will share an overview of the program and highlight some recently completed projects. A hot breakfast buffet and beverages are included with the $10 cost of admission. Pay at the door, cash preferred and no RSVP required. 

Storm Drain Education
Volunteering to lead a storm drain labeling project is a fun way to give back to the community and help protect our natural world. Each project focuses on a neighborhood, informing people who live there about the dangers of dumping anything into a storm drain. Storm drain labeling is an effective, low-cost method of educating residents about water quality problems in our streams, lakes, rivers and the Bay. NVSWCD is currently recruiting volunteers to lead storm drain labeling projects. Find more information online.
Local News and Programs
Become a Master Naturalist this Fall!
The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of local natural resources. The first step towards becoming a Master Naturalist is to apply for the Basic Training Course, a series of classes and field trips led by local experts on topics ranging from soils to forestry to citizen science to wildlife. Both the Fairfax and Arlington Chapters of the Master Naturalits are currently recruiting for their fall Training Courses. The Fairfax Chapter holds classes on Thursday evenings between September 6th and November 29th. Arlington Chapter classes are on Tuesday evenings between September 4th and December 18th. Saturday field trips are held by both chapters. Application materials can be found on both chapters' websites. Application deadlines are July 13th for Fairfax and August 1st for Arlington.
Environmental Education Grants
 Two interesting environmental education grant programs are currently accepting applications.
- EcoTech Grants offer up to $2,500 to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities.
-Project Learning Tree's Greenworks Grants offer of up to $1,000 to fund student-implemented projects that green the school or improve an aspect of the neighborhood's environment.
Teacher's Professional Development Chesapeake Summer Courses
Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a five-day summer professional learning adventure on the Bay or one of its tributaries. More than 30 courses are offered that will explore the mountains of Virginia, the rivers of Pennsylvania, the islands of the Bay, and many places in between. Learn how to integrate the environment into your classroom and to help your students achieve environmental literacy success. More information online.
July Event Details
Lake Anne Naturalist Paddleanne
Date: Friday, July 6th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Lake Anne Plaza Boat Dock, Reston, VA
Canoe or kayak on Lake Anne with a naturalist. Search for wildlife that call the lake home. Learn some lake history and how residents can help clean the watershed. Boats and safety equipment provided. $7 for Reston Association members; $9 for non members. Ages 10 and up. Please register by July 3rd either online or by contacting the Walker Nature Center: naturecenter@reston.org or 703-476-9689, ext 5.
Kayak Tour: Wildlife of the Potomackayak
Date: Saturday, July 7th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverbend Park, Great Falls
Watch for deer foraging on the islands and os­prey and bald eagles searching for fish as you paddle through the wildlife-rich section of the Poto­mac River at Riverbend Park. Not a whitewater tour and no previous experience is required. $40 per person and will be canceled in the event of inclem­ent weather or hazardous river conditions. Please register online or call 703-759-9018 for more information.
Prince William County Stream Monitoring Session: WoodbridgeWoodbridge
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 11:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Off of Springwoods Dr, Woodbridge
Join certified volunteer monitor Janis Cook at her adopted site along Airport Creek in the Lakeridge neighborhood. For directions and to RSVP, please contact Janice.
Green Breakfast: The Revitalize, Restore, Replant ProgramBreakfast
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 8:30am
Location: Brion's Grille, 10621 Braddock Rd, in the University Shopping Mall
Join the Conservation District for a hot buffet breakfast and an illuminating talk by ecologists from Fairfax County's Stormwater Planning Division. They will discuss their Revitalize, Restore, Replant Program, an initiative to turn schoolyard stormwater management facilities into hands-on, outdoor classrooms. The cost is $10, payable at the door. Cash preferred and no RSVP needed.
Pohick Creek Monitoring Workshop: Springfield/LortonPohick
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 9:00am - 11:30am
Location: Pohick Creek Stream Valley Park, Springfield
Help monitor big and beautiful Pohick Creek as it winds through its rocky valley just north of I-95 and Lorton. Please RSVP to Dan Schwartz or sign up through Fairfax County's online Volunteer Management System (initial registration required).
Knee Deep in a CreekKnee
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 10:30am - Noon
Location: Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Dr, Reston
Hot summer days are the best days for kids to explore the water. Explore Snakeden Branch stream looking for frogs, tadpoles, minnows and more! Wear wading shoes and clothes that can get dirty. All other equipment provided. Ages 3-5. $5 for Reston Association members; $7 for all others. Please register by July 11th online or contact the Nature Center: Naturecenter@reston.org or 703-476-9689, ext 5.
Prince William County Stream Monitoring Session: Haymarkethaymarket
Date: Sunday, July 15th, 10am - Noon
Location: James Long Park, 4603 James Madison Hwy, Haymarket. Park at the Old Library parking lot.
Join longtime certfied volunteer monitor Elaine Wilson at her beautiful adopted site on Catharpin Creek in the Gainesville area. This site has some outstanding and unique critters.  Spots are limited. For information and to RSVP, contact Elaine.
Hike to Burke Lake Parkburke
Date: Saturday, July 21, 8:00am
Location: South Run Rec Center, 7550 Reservation Dr, Springfield
Enjoy a guided trail hike from South Run to the Burke Lake Park dam. Meet at the South Run RECenter building entrance. Dress appropriately for weather. No registration required. This event is part of the Fairfax County Park Authority's Open House event in celebration of Parks & Recreation Month.
Fairfax County Parks Open Houseopen
Date: Saturday, July 21, various times
Location: Multiple parks throughout Fairfax County
The Fairfax County Park Authority will celebrate National Parks & Recreation Month with free open house events across Fairfax County on July 21st. Stop by one of the 8 free events and find that "A Lifetime of Discovery" awaits you in Fairfax parks.
Full Moon Boat Tourmoonboat
Date: Thursday, July 26, 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA
Enjoy a picturesque night under the full moon aboard Burke Lake's tour boat. Test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with one of our naturalists. $6 per person, ages 6 and up. Please register online or call 703-323-6600 for more information.
Reston Association Stream Monitoring WorkshopReston
Date: Saturday, July 28th, 8:00am
Location: Reston Association Property, exact stream to be determined
Join Will Peterson of the Reston Association and help monitor the health of one of the many beautiful streams on Reston Association common land. Please contact Will for RSVP instructions and directions to the site.
Difficult Run Stream Monitoring Workshop: Great FallsGreatfalls
Date: Saturday, July 28th, 9:30am
Location: Difficult Run Stream Valley Park near Leigh Mill Rd
Help monitor beautiful Difficult Run as it flows through leafy parkland just upstream of Great Falls National Park. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dan Schwartz or use Fairfax County's online Volunteer Management System (initial registration required).
Stream Monitoring Session: South RunSouth
Date: Sunday, July 29th, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Parkland behind South Run Rec Center, 7550 Reservation Dr, Springfield
Join certified volunteer monitor Veronica Tangiri as she monitors her adopted site along beautiful and healthy South Run as it flows under a leafy canopy of trees between Burke Lake and Lake Mercer. Please RSVP to Veronica for directions.
August Sneak Peak
Stream Monitoring Certification Workshopcertify
Date: Saturday, August 18th, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Manassas Battlefield National Park, Park Headquarters
Want to take your volunteering to the next level? Become a Certified Stream Monitor and adopt your own site to monitor quarterly! Candidates for certification must have attended at least 3-4 monitoring workshops/sessions or have other prior experience. The workshop will consist of a morning review of invertebrates and watersheds, followed by time for the written portion of the test. In the afternoon, certification candidates will be observed as they perform a stream monitoring at Young's Branch. Those not seeking certification are welcome to attend as well. Other activities and a lunch break will be offered while the certification test is underway. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Dan Schwartz or Veronica Tangiri.
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12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905
Fairfax, VA 22035