Water Quality Improvement Plan

The public comment period for the Implementation Plan will begin the day after the public meeting (December 6, 2012) and end on January 4, 2013.  Written comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments and should be sent to Nesha McRae, Department of Conservation and Recreation, PO Box 1, Verona, VA, 24482, telephone (540) 332-9238, fax (540) 248-3069, or e-mail nesha.mcrae@dcr.virginia.gov.

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The Fish Count: Establishing a Baseline for Success

Captured on August 26, 2012, our journal segment features Seth Coffman, Shenandoah Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, and Steve Reeser, Fisheries Biologist for the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, conducting a fish count along Spout Run below Carter Hall. Seth is managing targeted streambank restoration for the 2013-2014 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. He arranged for Steve’s assistance in acquiring some baseline fish population estimates to help measure success.

Watch The Spout Run Journal: The Fish Count

Community Meeting to present a clean up plan December 5

 Calling all Spout Run Watershed Residents:

Over the past 8 months, The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and partners have been working closely with local residents to develop a clean up plan for Spout Run, Roseville Run and Page Brook. Currently, the creeks are con- sidered unhealthy due to high amounts of fecal bacteria in the water. This means that people face a greater chance of illness or infection when they go swimming in the creeks. A large amount of sediment in the streams is also negatively impacting aquatic life. Input from local residents was used to develop the draft plan to address these issues, which will be presented at the meeting. This will kick off a 30-day public comment period for the plan. The meeting will also include:

  • A Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the C-Spout Run Partnership
  • A presentation from students at the Powhatan School
  • A video screening by The Downstream Project
  • Numerous displays from project partners 

Please join us for a meal with friends and neighbors (free of charge) and a great opportunity to learn more about your local streams!

December 5, 2012
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Powhatan School
49 Powhatan Lane, Boyce, VA 

Please RSVP to:
Bob Slusser, VADCR (540)351-1590

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Clarke County Recipient of NFWF Small Watershed Grant

Clarke County, Va. will receive $141,600 (plus $87,800 in matching funds) to improve water quality and restore eastern brook trout habitat in Spout Run by working with farmers and residential landowners to stabilize stream banks, install fencing and convert turf to trees. As a partner in this effort, The Downstream Project videotaped the NFWF press conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Watch Announcement: remarks by David O’Neill, Eastern Partnership Office Director, NFWF; Jeffrey Corbin, Senior Advisor for the Chesapeake Bay and the Anacostia River, U.S. EPA; The Honorable James P. “Jim” Moran, U.S. Representative

NFWF News Release (download PDF)
ALL NFWF Grant Recipients (download PDF)

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