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Chip Rice Programs Manager Krista Sharp Environmental Scientist Find us on FACEBOOK!
Grass Roots Organization Formed in 1985 Current staff of Seven with Five VISTA Volunteers Mission: To be the Voice and Active Force for a Healthy and Scenic Rappahannock River
A dvocacy: many fronts, working with local governments to improve code performance R estoration: River Clean Ups, Rainscape Retrofits, Riparian Buffer protection & improvement - E ducation: Pre-K through High School, SOL based programs. Over 7,000 students through our programs in academic and summer time period
Volunteers are Critical to our Mission Rappahannock Restore Corp
Managed by FOR Environmental Scientist – RiverTrends Certified Trainer Volunteers certified under ACBs RiverTrends protocol Actively monitor 12 Rappahannock and trib sites Collect: Dissolved Oxygen, pH, temperature, turbidity, E. coli and nutrients (Nitrates and Phosphates)
Partnership between: FOR Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay City of Fredericksburg Hazel Run Watershed (d) impaired listing Suffers from: E. coli, pH, degraded macroinvertebrate communities and PCBs
Hazel Run Project 2009 Bacteria Focus Established six additional sites Conducted a screening level assessment - Coliscan Easygel method Noted clear bacteria issues and spikes before and after rain events
2010 Applied for funding 2011 Initiated Sampling Goals: Tier 3 level data bacteria assessment Raise awareness through developing watershed scorecards
Funding: Project Management = $2,600 Supplies = $350 Data Management ($10/site) = $1500 Total Project Request = $4000 Matching: City of Fredericksburg – $6,600 Lab Fees FOR - $500 from other funding source Volunteers = $2,700
Project Closing October 2012 Spaced sampling out to cover 2 summer warm periods Finalizing Report Cards Producing supplemental report
The purpose of this supplemental report: is to take an in depth look of the current levels of bacterial contamination in Hazel Run and to discuss possible sources, areas that require further investigation and solutions.
Site: FOR 6 Location: Hazel Run between Rt. 17/2 and Rt. 3, , Fecal contamination extremely, correlation with rainfall Potential source pipe outlet or adjacent Sewer line
Site: FOR 1 Location: Alum Springs Park Access Road Crossing, , Source: Alum Springs is a popular park for dog walking, Lots of poo on slope between apartments and creek! Recommendation: Install pet waste info kiosk with bags/trash Work with adjacent neighborhoods to educate on the importance of cleaning up after their pets.