Your hard work and dedication in protecting water quality across Prince William in April 2022 got you recognized as the 2021 Winner of the National Earth Team Award by the National Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA).
2022 recorded more achievements under the Water Quality programs.
The Adopt-A-Stream/Pond/ River Program registered 39 cleanup events which covered over 88.62 miles of streams. This intercepted over 27,970 lbs. of debris from reaching the Chesapeake Bay. 1,199 litter bags and 134 tires were collected with an input of over 3,376 hours of volunteers’ time.
The Biological Monitoring program registered 20 monitoring events with over 128 participants. 4 new certified monitors and a certified trainer were added to the program. Thanks to Prince William County and Manassas City school systems for their engagement to promote science and data. Thanks to the Town of Dumfries Public Works Department for promoting E. Coli monitoring which is open to the public.
The Chemical monitoring program collects the following chemical parameters, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, pH, and temperature. 9 new monitors joined the program in 2022 adding 22 new sites to the program’s map. Over 670 monitoring events were recorded. This registered over 538 hours of volunteer time.
Overall, the Conservation District’s Water Quality programs saved over $129,618. of taxpayers’ money as of Independent Sector Volunteer Rate (29.95/hr.).
Special thanks to all the local organizations, cooperate sectors, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and the County Government for their extra support of the program.