This is what Sleepy Creek looked like on July 7 after 2 inches of rain. As can be seen here, the creek is swollen and muddy from storm water runoff. The sediment that gets into the creek is bad for the organisms that live in the water and makes it’s way into the Potomac river and then the Chesapeake Bay.
Norman Dean and Chuck Marsh conduct the biological conditions part of a stream survey at Yellow Spring Run. Even though there was very little flow due to lack of rain lately, there were a surprisingly large amount of benthic macroinvertebrates, salamanders, crayfish, and minnows in the net. Bob Meadows, Jeff Iliff and Danielle Watson also helped with the survey. Stay tuned for information on the next monitoring event, maybe you can join us!
Annual SCWA Meeting Scheduled for December 3, 2016
As announced earlier, we will hold our annual meeting this coming Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 7 P.M. The meeting will be held at the Morgan County Board of Education Office, 247 Harrison Street.
Following a recap of our 2016 activities and a treasurer’s report, obusiness meeting will include election of officers for the next two year term. The following officers’ terms expire at the end of this year: James Michael, Stan Oaks, and Susan Jones. Anyone wanting to join the board may express their interest at the meeting before a vote is taken.
Our guest speaker will be Mr. Ted Hogan, Executive Director, Partnership for Ecological Restoration, Inc., Stevensville, MD. Ted has over 40 years of experience in in wetland and stream studies and restoration. His firm currently has a contract with us through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to design a stream restoration project on Sleepy Creek near the Spriggs Road bridge. He will discuss the science and nuances of steam restoration.
Herb Peddicord, the WV Chesapeake Bay Forester, is inviting all interested volunteers of all ages to help plant trees in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties on several following dates. Here is the tentative schedule:
Saturday, October 15th: 9:00 am until Noon – Near Tuscarora Pike, west of Martinsburg. Take exit 13 from I-81, Turn west toward Poor House Farm on Tuscarora Pike. Go approximately 1.7 miles, loor for mailbox #8055 on the right. Turn right into the driveway. The holes are already dug for 140 trees.
Saturday October 29th – To be determined depending on tree order arrival.
Saturday, November 5th – Planting at the “Crossing on the Potomac: HOA in north Berkeley County.
Saturday, November 12th – “Tree 4 Bees” planting at Sacred Roots on Persimmon Lane in Jefferson County.
Saturday, November 19th – Riparian buffer planting on Back Creek of Ganotown Road.
Herb will also have two other Tree 4 Bee planting he will schedule for weekdays or on October 2th.
It was perfect weather to enjoy the beauty of Sleepy Creek during our annual monitoring at this site.
Level 3 Stream Survey results for Sleepy Creek at Creek Road on 09-02-2016, 8:30am.
Participants: Fink, Iliff, Oaks, Meadows, Dean.
Conditions: Sunny and cool, no rain in the last 48 hours.
Latitude: 39-30-59 Longitude: 78-13-38
Water temp: 19.5 C. , Dissolved Oxygen: 67 mg/l, Conductivity: 284 uS, Turbidity: 56 (tube reading)
Habitat conditions: 180 optimal (up 15 from last year)
Biological conditions: 83.6 Optimal (up 2.6 from last year)
There were 180 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates represented by 10 types, 83 ‘critters’ of 7 types in the medium tolerance category, and only one in the high tolerance category.
Click on our ‘Stream Monitoring’ category (to the right) to see stream monitoring results for other Sleepy Creek Locations this year, as well as a deeper explanation of the process in a posting called, “What is stream monitoring and what do the numbers mean?”
Carla Hardy (1971-2016), founder of the Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree program, has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Cacapon Institute is offering memorial trees to be planted in her honor in fall 2016. By planting a memorial tree this fall, you are expanding upon Carla’s legacy and upholding the motto of the program she began back in 2008 by “Building Communities from the Roots Up!”
Community organizations and private homeowners are encouraged to apply to plant memorial trees throughout their communities and in their backyards.
Trees will be available for pickup between October 1st and November 30th at either:
On your order form, you’ll need to select where you’ll be picking up your trees from, how many trees you are requesting, and answer some basic information about where you’ll be planting the trees and how they will be maintained. Please keep in mind that we will do our best to honor all requests for species, but in certain situations, a similar species may be substituted based on nursery availability.
The deadline to apply for memorial trees is Wednesday, September 14th.
We encourage successful applicants to submit their tree planting with pictures to Cacapon Institute’s “What’s Your BMP” tool on our website.
Cacapon Institute’s 2nd Annual Potomac River Paddle Trip Come spend the day with Cacapon Institute as we paddle the Potomac River from Great Cacapon, WV to Hancock, MD. This is a free event. Cacapon Institute will be renting canoes for those who do not have one, but there is a limited supply. CI will also be furnishing a catered lunch. Please register below and let us know what you need.
Cacapon Institute is able to make this possible because of the generosity of our members and supporters. If you would like to support this event and CI, please consider a tax-deductible $50 donation. Donations of any size can be made by clicking here or by visiting our webpage and clicking on the link on the right.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Trip Details Arrival Time: 9:00 a.m.Paddle Trip Details: The paddle is a gentle ~10 mile journey on the Potomac River from Great Cacapon, WV, to Hancock, MD. Beginner paddlers are welcome! This paddle is free and open to the public (donations suggested). We will be in touch as plans develop regarding boat rentals.