Despite heavy rain and natural disasters, our partners have continued to make progress towards improving the health of the Monocacy & Catoctin watersheds and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
We wouldn't be able to make as much progress as we do without the cooperation of our local community. It's really wonderful to be able to interact with Frederick County citizens at outreach events (such as In the Streets, and the upcoming "We are All Downstream" event), and to complete restoration projects with their help (ex. Urbana Elementary School Bioswale Project).
We strive to continue to improve our outreach and restoration efforts. In support of this goal, Alliance partners have been working to complete a number of scientific studies. Research and fieldwork provide the data needed to know where, how, and why we should choose specific project sites and designs. Recent studies include the Catoctin Mountain Park Stream Temperature Study; Bennett Creek Watershed Pilot Wetland Habitat Assessment, and; Countywide Stream Survey (2008-2010). In addition, the Better Roads, Cleaner Streams project (aimed at decreasing the impact of gravel roads on streams) will be offering a field tour on October 6th to demonstrate their "rain maker" testing and data collection.
Youths and young adults are contributing to our efforts to protect and improve water quality, and hopefully gaining an appreciation for the environment through their participation. Wolfsville Elementary School students and teachers earned Maryland Green School certification this year. Maryland high school students participated in the annual Natural Resources Careers Course (photos)! Young campers at Bar-T Mountainside Challenge and Retreat Center have been exploring newly-enhanced wetlands. Kids and adults alike are participating in Growing Native to collect seeds to grow future forests. Last but not least, our office is very grateful to have the assistance of our high school intern Jessica, and Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteers Nicole and Tyler to help us with our many projects as well.
I hope you are inspired by some of these articles to become involved with the Alliance and/or simply explore your natural surroundings this fall- whether it be planting trees at local parks and schools, learning to fly fish to appreciate our beautiful trout streams, or taking a trip out the unique and important Chesapeake Bay. Whatever you choose to do...
PS- Please visit our homepage for more articles, and remember to visit our calendar of events regularly for updates on additional events and opportunities.
Community Restoration Coordinator
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