A High Water Test for C Spout Run

C Spout Run’s streambank restoration project was only days old when it got tested by the heavy rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic a few weeks ago. Spout Run, a tributary of the Shenandoah River, swelled from its typical flow rate of about 22 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 800 cfs; a 36-fold increase in volume. […]

Clarke Resident George Ohrstrom Is A Conservation ‘Superman’

Posted March 24, 2014 By Val Van Meter, The Winchester Star reprinted with permission BERRYVILLE — Unlike other sports which need an arena, or a field or even a court, fox hunting can only be pursued over large stretches of open land. That’s one reason why The Chronicle of the Horse magazine and the Masters of […]

From Binocs to Binary: Citizen Science in the Digital Age

You could say it all started with the Christmas Bird Count back in 1900. According to the Audubon Society, that’s the year ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition. Instead of shooting as many birds as possible (at the time, a treasured part of the holiday for many), why not count as many as […]

Dreaming of a white (and green) Christmas

Love it or hate it, those of us in the northern and western reaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed have already gotten a lot of snow and ice this December.  Bing Crosby may dream of it, but according to regional biologists, heavy winter precipitation can mean more algal blooms in the Bay this summer.   Runoff […]

EPA Agrees: We All Live Downstream

In a draft scientific report the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed what many of us already know:  That small streams – and many wetlands — substantially affect the physical, chemical and biological makeup of rivers downstream. This seemingly simple concept has big implications.  For years, environmentalists, trade associations, citizens and government agencies have […]

The Downstream Project and C Spout Run to be featured at Water Summit

Come to the Virginia Citizens for Water Quality (VCWQ) Water Summit this coming weekend and be inspired.  The Downstream Project’s (TDP) Executive Director, Bill Howard, will be giving a keynote talk along with C Spout Run partners Nesha McCrae of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality and Seth Coffman of Trout Unlimited.  They’ll outline how the […]

Become a stream monitor….here’s your chance!

By VAL VAN METER The Winchester Star BOYCE — Tiny stream critters, looking like extras in a miniature horror flick, have a tale to tell. To the educated eye, they can give clues to the health and cleanliness of flowing streams and rivers. Gem Bingol of the Piedmont Environmental Council invited half a dozen Clarke County […]

Landowners’ Guide to Spout Run

Landowners’ Guide to Spout Run December 7, 2012 By Bill Howard Leave a Comment (Edit) Spout Run is a truly local stream. Most residents know that Spout Run, including Page Brook and Roseville Run quite literally flow out of the ground in several clean and cold springs: Saratoga, Prospect, Page Brook and Carter Hall to […]

Mountain Vista Governor’s School hosted by Blandy

The Downstream Project was privileged to join ten students from the Mountain Vista Governor’s School for a day at Blandy Experimental Farm. These gifted seniors, all attending voluntarily, learned about the watershed ecology of the Chesapeake Bay headwaters and karst groundwater systems from Candace Lutzow-Felling, Director of Education at Blandy, and her staff. The Downstream […]