Saving Our Streams: Water Quality in Albemarle County

Join the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ) and Wild Virginia as they chat about water conservation and quality in Albemarle County on Wednesday, February 5 at the Crozet Library.IMG_0230

From 6:30-8pm, the VA DEQ will discuss a new study and (along with Wild Virginia) will provide information about causes of impairments on streams and what citizens can do to help.

Nesha McRae, TMDL Coordinator at VA DEQ, will share information about the department’s biological monitoring program and some of their findings in the South Fork Rivanna River watershed, including several streams in and around Crozet.

“Participants will learn how we identify problems with respect to stream health in our waterways, along with the process that we use in Virginia to improve stream health and water quality,” McRae said.

“The presentation will also include some information about how local stakeholders can get involved in this clean-up process, which will begin in the South Fork Rivanna River watershed this spring.”

For more information, visit www.jmrl.org.

Library Resource Highlight: State Park Backpacks

blog_nature-backpacks2_hcpl_0816The spring weather has been so nice- and what better way to enjoy it than to visit a Virginia State Park? But first, stop by the library!

JMRL has State Park Backpacks for check-out. Each backpack comes with a parking pass that will enable you to access any Virginia State Park at no cost. The backpacks also include pocket guides to bugs and slugs, animal tracks, Virginia birds, mammals, and Virginia trees and wildflowers; port-a-bug field observation container; Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card; magnifying lens; dip net; and laminated sheets with suggested activities designed by both Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia.

The backpacks were given to JMRL thanks to a partnership between the Library of Virginia, Virginia State Parks, and the Science Museum of Virginia and with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Find a map of Virginia State Parks here and let us know which state park is your favorite!

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Outdoors-ing 101

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With the warmer weather settling in and plenty of trails to explore around Charlottesville, it’s time to freshen up on our outdoor skills!

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library boasts a variety of books that will help even the most novice outdoors-enthusiast become an expert.

Check out these helpful books below and make sure you’re ready to conquer the next adventure:

Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia: Camping, fishing, hunting, boating, wilderness survival, first aid by Vin T. Sparano

Outdoor parents, outdoor kids: A guide to getting your kids active in the great outdoors by Eugene Buchanan

The bumper book of nature: a user’s guide to the outdoors by Stephen Moss

The Campout Cookbook: Inspired recipes for cooking around the fire and under it by Marnie Hanel

For more information about upcoming events and services, visit www.jmrl.org.