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From the Potomac Headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay



Stream Scholars

Summer Camp 2012

July 16-20


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Ten middle and high school students enjoyed a week participating in the 10th Annual Stream Scholars Summer Camp, a hands-on exploration of stream ecology and conservation.   The Scholars learned how adult volunteers sample streams in WV, camped where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay, and canoed on Mattawoman Creek in Maryland.  They spent the first three days in and around Waites Run at J.A. Hawkins (Wardensville Town) Park.

Stream Scholars would like to thank:


* Alana Hartman and Kelly Cochran, WV Department of Environmental Protection, for instruction, plus Kelley joined us for the Bay trip;

* Point Lookout State Park (MD) for camping and a canoe trip on Mattawoman Creek (MD);

*  WV Conservation Agency, MARPAT Foundation and our members for financial support.

The Scholars conducted stream habitat assessments and used field equipment to measure alkalinity, iron, and dissolved oxygen, an important indicator of suitable habitat for aquatic life.  On Tuesday, Alana Hartman, WV DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Coordinator, and WVDEP intern Kelly Cochran spoke about what they are doing to protect local waters that flow into the Chesapeake Bay and demonstrated key pollution control concepts using an Enviroscape model.  The Scholars then investigated how the population of benthic macroinvertebrates (small animals without backbones that live on the stream bottom) can be used to determine if a stream is healthy or not.

Wednesday was devoted to mini-projects designed by the campers.  At the end of the day, each group presented their results to their peers, in the shelter during a pounding rainstorm, who were more than happy to review their work.

On Thursday the Scholars headed East to camp at Point Lookout State Park, MD where the Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay.  Before that, however, the group stopped at Casey Trees tree nursery near Berryville, VA.

On Friday we drove to Mattawoman State Park in Maryland to visit this beautiful tidal stream by canoe.  Members of the Mattawoman Watershed Society joined us on this Chesapeake Bay Foundation run canoe trip to provide expert knowledge on a stream that Maryland fisheries biologists call "the most productive tributary of the Chesapeake Bay."  The Mattawoman is the Potomac’s most Northern tidal-freshwater tributary to escape the urbanization sprawling from Washington, DC, and it includes extensive and diverse tidal freshwater marshes,

a globally rare habitat.  

The Scholars all had fun, of course, but what is more important is that they learned serious lessons about the science of keeping our waters clean and healthy.  Grasping science early will help Stream Scholars throughout their lives. 

 Understanding and appreciating how our local West Virginia waters are connected to the Mid Atlantic States through the Potomac and Chesapeake will help them become better citizens of the whole United States.


Cacapon Institute - From the Cacapon to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, we protect rivers and watersheds using science and education.

Cacapon Institute
PO Box 68
High View, WV 26808
304-856-1385 (tele)
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Frank Rodgers,  Executive Director

Website  made possible by funding from The Norcross Wildlife Foundation,  the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Virginia Environmental Endowment, NOAA-BWET, USEPA, The MARPAT Foundation, and our generous members.