I am pleased to write this letter of support for Friends of the Shenandoah River....with which I have cooperated for nearly two decades.
....having the Friends on our campus is like having an additional member of the natural sciences faculty.
The Smith-Endicott laboratory is certified....by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This recognition allows the use of FOSR data for regulatory purposes, including the listing and delisting of water bodies that have been designated as....impaired.... The FOSR’s facility is the only EPA-certified lab in the entire Chesapeake Bay region that is run by a volunteer non-profit organization.
....the Friends of the Shenandoah River publishes its findings periodically and provides them without charge to the DEQ, local and regional decision makers and members of the public.
Additional funding would help the Friends reach its full potential as an organization, building on three decades of research, monitoring and public education. I am pleased to endorse their efforts.
Woodward S Bousquet, Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology Shenandoah University