This September, Izaak Walton League staff trained 80 freshmen at Thomas Jefferson High School in biological monitoring. The students are going to be monitoring 20 different Fairfax county stream sites as part of a year-long project on water quality and stream health. There was a great coordinated effort with staff from Reston Association, Trout Unlimited, and other Northern Virginia stream monitors to help introduce the students to stream monitoring. They got to get their hands wet and even met a few macroinvertebrates before getting ready to go out in the field on their own monitoring adventures. We are excited to see how the project goes, and we hope stream monitoring inspires a lifelong passion for environmental stewardship for the students!
Photo Credit: Sam Briggs for CMC 2019