Water quality in Rockbridge County: Free and open to the public


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The public is invited to a series of three presentations about water quality in Rockbridge County.  All three presentations will be held in Dunlap Auditorium, Lexington Presbyterian Church, 120 S. Main Street, Lexington.

Tuesday, September 17, 5:30 – 7 pm: Nesah McRae, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, will present data highlighting the impaired condition of many of our streams and rivers, identify causes for this contamination, and explain the costs involved in cleaning up a polluted waterway. Sandra Stuart, co-chair of the Watershed Committee of Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC) will inform the audience about ongoing local citizen water monitoring programs and how the public can become involved in these efforts.

Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 – 7 pm: Erin Ling, VA Tech Senior Cooperative Extension associate and coordinator of the Virginia Household Water Quality program, will describe the state of well and groundwater in Rockbridge. Catherine Harbor, MD, will explain the health risks for humans exposed to contaminated water.

Tuesday, November 19, 530 – 7 pm: Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms, will describe his success as a farmer using low-cost practices to protect and maintain clean water sources.

Light snacks and water provided.

Audience questions and discussion encouraged.

These presentations are sponsored by Rockbridge Water Monitors, a group of concerned citizens allied with RACC and the Environment Committee/50 Ways Rockbridge. Anyone interested in finding out more about RWM or with questions about this series, please contact Gretchen Sukow(gdsukow62@fastmail.fm)


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