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30th Year Being a Champion for the Shenandoah River Watershed

The Friends of the Shenandoah River’s (FOSR) long-term volunteer citizen-scientist water-quality monitoring program of the Shenandoah River and its tributaries is in its 30th year. The success of this program would not be possible without the dedication of our citizen scientist volunteer water-quality monitors that go out in all types of challenging conditions to perform their water-quality monitoring duties.  In addition, we would like to thank those individuals, organizations, and local and state agencies that have continued to support us throughout the years.
 
The value of the long-term database that the FOSR has been compiling over the past three decades increases with the length of the record and is a tool crucial to understanding the water quality impairments and improvements of the Shenandoah River watershed over the short term as well as the long term.
 
The first FOSR’s routine water-quality monitoring will be Friday, January 11, 2019. The second date will be Friday, February 8, 2019. If you see one of our volunteers collecting a water sample, please thank them for their continued service.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We are thankful for you and your support of the Friends of Shenandoah River.

Sending warm, heartfelt wishes to you and your love ones.

Register Now for Pure Water Forum Annual Meeting and Shenandoah Summit III Nov. 16

Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum 
Annual Watershed Roundtable Meeting
and
Shenandoah Summit III, Reports and Updates on the Shenandoah River
Friday, November 16, 2018 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Historic Woodstock Courthouse
103 N. Main St. Woodstock VA 22664
(on Route 11, in the heart of downtown)
 
This is a free event, registration is requested to accommodate all and to provide the free lunch.
Please RSVP by November 13 – Free lunch provided
The Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum and the Shenandoah Summit have teamed up this year to bring you an educational day filled with the latest scientific information about the Shenandoah River and its watershed. Learn about current recreational river use and environmental services. Discover a new watershed mapping tool, get updates on recentE. coli research, and get the latest on the Front Royal Hatchery. You’ll also hear updates from the various “Friends” groups. (See full agenda below).
Weather permitting, Friends of the North Fork will also offer an optional quick tour of nearby Seven Bends State Park. 
Join us for a delicious lunch and a brewery tour after the event at the Woodstock Brewhouse.

Weather permitting, Friends of the North Fork will also offer an optional quick tour of nearby Seven Bends State Park. 

Let us know if you can make it.  Just RSVP, We hope you will join us.

Laura Naftel

2018 President

Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum

AGENDA

  • 10:00 to 10:15 – Welcome and Introductions – Laura Naftel & Paul Bugas

  • 10:15 to 11:00 – River Use Discussion Panel – Guides, Outfitters, Stakeholders

  • 11:00 to 11: 15 – Break

  • 11:15 to 11:45 – FERC Hydropower Update – Brad Fink and Paul Bugas, DGIF

  • 11:45 to 12:30 – Shenandoah Watershed Tool – Jennifer Rapp, USGS

  • 12:30 to 1:30 – Lunch (Laura Naftel presents “State of the Forum”)

  • Friends Group Reports (FOSR, FNFSR and FOMR)

  • 1:30 to 2:00 – Watershed E coli Research – Wayne Webb, USGS, retired

  • 2:00 to 2:30 – Dry River Environmental Services Update – Brad Striebig, JMU

  • 2:30 to 3:00 – Front Royal Hatchery, Access Development – Paul Bugas/Brad Fink

  • 3:00 – Adjourn

Social Gathering afterward at the Woodstock Brewhouse

123 Court Street, Woodstock Virginia

Parking: The historic courthouse building is at the corner of Main St (Route 11) and Court St. in the heart of downtown Woodstock. We will be entering from the side of the building on Court Street. Parking time is limited on Main St. but much more flexible on Court Street and other side streets.  There is also a parking lot just two blocks west on Court Street at the Friends of the North Fork office, 305 West Court Street.

This is a free event, registration is requested to accommodate all and to provide the free lunch.  Please RSVP by November 13 – Free lunch provided 
 
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