The Water Quality Committee has several future projects in various planning stages. We welcome your inputs on these future projects and any recommendations for other projects to consider. Send your comments, recommendations and thoughts on how the Water Quality Committee can better serve our members to the Committee Co-Chairs, Mike Gelber and Harry Looney.
Isaac Walton League of America (IWLA) Save our Streams (SOS) Program: The Izaak Walton League’s Save Our Streams program is the only nationwide program that trains volunteers to protect waterways from pollution and delivers information about water quality to their communities. The program began in 1969, when water pollution problems were easy to see – like massive oil spills and burning rivers. Early Save Our Streams volunteers cleaned up trash from their local waterways and reported problems like streams becoming clogged with silt. In the 1980s, the League recognized that with the right training, volunteers could collect scientifically valid data to assess water quality in local streams – a conviction that has proven true. Ever since, the League has been teaching volunteers to study stream health and report their findings to decision-makers. Today, trained volunteer stream monitors across the country are uncovering pollution problems and urging their local leaders to take action on water quality. The work of these volunteers also creates a critical record of water quality over time, making it possible to quickly identify pollution problems that develop in the future. The Water Quality Committee is interested in starting a SOS program at Lake Anna and involving local volunteers and our local schools in the project. Reach out to us if you are interested in participating, or have any thoughts on how a program might be implemented.