The Annual Loudoun County Family Stream Day

Loudoun Watershed Watch

The Annual Loudoun County Family Stream Day event will be held Saturday, October 17, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Claude Moore Park’s historic area, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane in Sterling. Loudoun County children of all ages are invited to learn about their local waters and the habitats they support. Family Stream Day is an interactive, outdoor environmental education event for students.

Several interactive water learning “stations” will be located by the Frogshackle Nature Center and the Lanesville House. Children and their parents can pick up a Stream Day passbook at the starting point, and then visit all the stations where their participation in a water education activity gets them a stamp in their passbook. When their passbooks are full, they can pick up a reusable grocery tote bag and giveaways while supplies last. The stations will showcase all the ways in which Loudoun residents impact our waters, such as recognizing wetland habitats, learning what not to pour down storm or household drains, water quality monitoring and more. Scheduled nature walks will also be provided. Participants are encouraged to wear proper walking shoes.

Reptiles Alive! a traveling wildlife education organization that features amazing animals and dynamic wildlife educators, will perform at 12:30 p.m. after the contest award ceremony at noon. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in this year’s Stream Day poster, prose and photography contest, “From Loudoun Backyards to the Chesapeake Bay.” This contest was open to all K–12 Loudoun County public, private and home school students.

Visitors should use the Loudoun Park Lane entrance at Claude Moore Park and park at the Heritage Farm Museum. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine.

This annual event is held in observance of World Water Monitoring Day and commemorates the anniversary of passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 and watershed awareness. Several Loudoun County government agencies are involved in planning the event, including the Departments of General Services; Building & Development; and Parks, Recreation & Community Services. Other agencies include Loudoun Water, the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, Audubon Naturalist Society, Piedmont Environmental Council and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

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Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve

The idea of cutting a public road through the last remaining forest in the county has been debated for a long time.  What apparently began as “an arbitrary line on a drawing” has become the center of controversy, as the County staff pursues carving off a part of Banshee Reeks to accommodate a landfill expansion.

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