One of the many programs we offer at Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is our Student Stream Team. This program is designed to work with local schools to increase environmental literacy introduce students to STEM activities, and have the students assist with the installation of an on the ground restoration project. Over the last several months, FOR education staff has worked with sophomores from the Bowling Green campus of the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School in the classroom to deliver presentations on the Chesapeake Bay, the Rappahannock River, Watershed Science, non-point source pollution, and a variety of other issues. We then had the students join our staff at the project site in Port Royal for a site assessment where the students took a series of measurements needed to determine the size of the project and amount of materials needed. The project culminated on March 18, 2015 with 20 students joining four FOR staff to install the Living Shoreline. This resulted in 20 linear feet of shoreline restored with beach nourishment, filtrexx soxx, and 400 native grass plugs including both spartina patens and spartina antiflora.
This is the first of many Living Shoreline projects planned for the Rappahannock River in the coming months.
For more information about FOR’s Student Stream Team program contact FOR Programs Manager Bryan Hofmann- email@example.com