Media Advisory: Virginia Tech Hosts Watershed Education Days Program To Create Water Awareness

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 4, 2003 – The "Watershed Education Days" program will be held June 6 at Fairfax County's Holmes Run Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The address is Parklawn Recreation Association, 6011 Crater Place, Alexandria. The location is on the Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria border. Local school groups have been invited.

The event is a part of a pilot project known as the Urban Biodiversity Information Node (UrBIN). The intent of the overall project is to provide individuals and organizations with the data, information, and tools that are needed to help with the stewardship of urban biodiversity. Area political leaders, such as Congressman James Moran, a major proponent of the project, will be on hand.

Principal investigator for the projects is David Trauger, director of the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources' Northern Virginia Center.

This event will feature demonstrations of water flow readings and water quality monitoring. It will be highlighted by interactive activities with representatives from organizations such as the Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Wildlife Federation, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Potomac Overlook, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Transportation, and Virginia Tech.

For more information, please contact Andy Rosenberger of Virginia Tech's Conservation Management Institute at (540) 231-7348.

Written by Hilary Fussell, Public Affairs Assistant