PWCAPrince William Conservation Alliance

Community Report
September 6 2012
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Sept. 6 Healthy Streams Talkfollowed by a Healthy Streams Tour on Sept. 8 with Chris Ruck.

Chris Ruck is doctoral candidate and lecturer in Environmental Science at George Mason University.

He has worked a number of environmental consulting firms conducting stream assessments & restoration design, wetland and stream delineations, and biotic inventories.

He has also taught watershed ecology programs to students with early-elementary to post-secondary levels of education and always strives to effectively communicate scientific concepts to non-scientists.

Characteristics of a Healthy Stream with Chris Ruck

Good streams are hard to find. When: Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:30–9:00 pm

Where: Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church, 9350 Main Street, Manassas, directions

What is a pristine stream? Is there any such thing? In this session, participants will learn the characteristics of healthy streams and explore the link between stream health and the watershed. This session will integrate the hydrology, geology, chemistry, and biology of stream corridors into a watershed-based approach to stream health.

Healthy Stream Tour with Chris Ruck

When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 9:00 am to Noon

Where: Prince William Forest Park, meet at parking Lot #1, directions. PWFP has generously waived their entrance fee for this educational program. Please identify yourself as a Healthy Streams participant at the Park entrance before driving to Lot #1.

Extending information presented on Sept. 6, participants will gather physical, chemical and biological data to assess the stream quality at Prince William Forest Park, which is over 95% forested and considered to be one of the few "undisturbed" watersheds in Northern Virginia.

These progras are part of PWCA's Stream Stewards, more information is online HERE.

For more information, contact PWCA at 703-499-4954, or online at