The Izaak Walton League’s Virginia Save Our Streams program wrapped up the fall training and monitoring season with three recent events. We hosted a second training at Lake Anna State Park in Virgina to certify even more monitors in the area. A crew of new monitors in the area will be adopting numerous new sites to better understand stream health and address water quality issues that impact their lake community. The Lake Anna area continues to have a strong presence of volunteer monitors collecting data.
We also met up with the Trout Out of the Classroom Club from James Madison High School in Vienna, VA to certify an enthusiastic group of students. Their interests ranged from wanting to protect their favorite local fishing spots, hoping to build their resumes as they prepare for college, and simply wanting to get into nature.
Finally, on Halloween morning we met up with the Reston Association to help with the certification of six new monitors. These monitors include high school students, concerned community members, and national park staff! Our volunteer trainers in Reston did a great job preparing these new monitors to take on new sites and we are excited to see their monitoring data come in!