Norman T. Jeffries Jr. Memorial Stream Clean-up
May 19, 2016
On May 14, 31 volunteers joined Mark Jeffries in the Norman T. Jeffries Jr. Memorial Stream Clean-up. Created in memory of his father, the clean-up happened in Woodman Park, Henrico County, where a large amount of erosion has occurred on the stream bank and the riparian buffer has been lost. A significant amount of garbage and debris was removed from the stream, including tires and sheet metal. Stacey Heflin, Conservation Specialist assisted in water quality testing, and Alan Weaver, Fish Passage Specialist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted an Aquatic Life Inventory using an electro-fishing device.
Lisa Turner, Rusty Sprouse and Mike Beck from the Society for Ecological Restoration at VCU introduced our volunteers to a method of stream monitoring using benthic macro-invertebrates. Benthic: meaning stream bottom; Macro: meaning large enough to see with the naked eye; Invertebrate: meaning has no backbone. A number of species were identified, including Damselflies, Dragonflies, Crayfish, Midge Fly Larvae, Lunged Snail, Scud (Amphipod), Caddisfly, and Beetle (Coleoptera).
The Norman T. Jeffries Memorial Stream Project adopted a 1-mile stretch of Hungary Creek in Henrico County through the Virginia Adopt-a-Stream Program; the group also adopted Woodman Park as a part of the Henrico County “Because We Care” program.
Special thanks were extended to the following people who provided educational assistance: Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D. with VCU Dept. of Biology and Center for Environmental Studies; Drew Garey, Deputy Director of VCU Rice Rivers Center; Lisa Turner, Mike Beck and Rusty Sprouse from Society for Ecological Restoration at VCU; Alan Weaver, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; Stacey Heflin, Conservation Specialist, Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District.