Our Spring 2018 edition of The River Runs is now available online. This edition of our quarterly newsletter features a note from our President, Dick Brooks, our first Member Profile by our CRPA Executive Assistant, Lynne Griffith, highlighting Kent and Ellen Ford, some of the most faithful and longest serving members of the Cowpasture River Preservation Association. The newsletter also features details about our new affiliation with the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition and other groups to form the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI).
CRPA Members Provide macrobenthos Training to Local College Students
On September 22 2014, four CRPA members conducted a class/lab for 16 ecology students from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC). Brian Keiling, chair of the Forestry Department and their instructor, accompanied the students. Dave Peters presented an excellent class on how monitoring benthic macro invertebrates is a tool to assess the health of the river. He familiarized the students with preserved specimens and then sent them into the river to collect live organisms. The students returned with their catch nets, identified the organisms and tallied the numbers. Mike Whiteside hosted the class at his house on the river and assisted the students while they were in the river. Kathy Farmer assisted in serving the lunch provided by the CRPA. Puggy Farmer coordinated a lab assignment with Mr. Keiling for the students to submit for grading.