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Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah R iver

Our mission is to protect and enhance the purity, beauty and natural flow of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

NOVEMBER 2010

VOLUME 21, NUMBER 3

Thank You to ALL who came and supported our Fish Fry Fundraiser on October 9th!

Friends’ 2010 Fish Fry Fundraiser is a Grand Success! C &Bs Sp Corporate Gold: Friends is celebrating Sp s   Corporate Silver:! • Pat Koch at PJ Designs, Shentel

a wonderful Fish Fry

that will help our organization continue to monitor, educate and advocate for the protection of the North Fork!

• King Street Art Group, • The Art Group in ! Mt. Jackson and • Ft. Valley Nursery for displaying the beautifully decorated benches.

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O s  A   s:

to our bench crafters and artists; our sponsors; auction donors; to Joe Foltz- our amazing auctioneer; Shaffers for wonderful food; great music by Sweet T, and all Fish Fry committee members.

Bench Crafters and Artists Bench Crafters: John Coleman & Dennis Fowler. Artists: Linda Anderson, Donna Bean, Beth Carmain, Paula Dailey and Terry Fogle, Diane Gould and Steve Sober, Dotty Dengler, Ellen Halsey, Kary Dengler Haun, Wolfgang Neudorfer, Sansara Murphy, Cary Sober, Laurel Vaughn, Sally and Tori Veach, Bobbi Walker, Susie Wilburn

DR INK ING WAT E R I N F O

C L I C K

H E R E

Please Don’t Flush the River!

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Carlson Plumbing, Inc. Virginia Savings Bank"

Business Silver:! • • • •

F D Neal Construction, PJ Designs Shenandoah Animal Hospital Doug Veach at State Farm Insurance • Woodstock Cafe " Business Sponsors:" •  C. E. Thompson and Sons •  Wightman Insurance

Board Members

Ron Falyar, President Kim Uhl, Vice President April Moore, Secretary Gary Proctor, Treasurer Mary Gessner, Barbara Halvorson, John Holmes, Margaret Lorenz, Gayle Shaffer

North Fork Exploration For Teachers 2011 Friends is planning another teacher workshop session!


A s   2010 Sp

River Otters

Linda Murphy & Russ Adams Don Albright Bill & Judy Buechner Jack & Joan Chapman Joan Comanor & Tony Dorrell David! Evans James & Annette Fitzsimmons Leslie & Alan Watson Bill Hamilton Diane & George Gould Warren & Barbara Halvorson Potomac Conservancy Sean & Melissa Lankard Melissa Nelson Bruce !Hatton Lee & Toni Jette Suzie & Ed Koller Susan & Bill Lane Mary & John McKenna Diane! McRee Jerry & Susan Mitchell John & Mary Modolo Suzanne Montgomery Brenda Rawling Babette Smith Jan & Roy Sommerfeldt Dave & Karen Timer Sara Garland & Kim Uhl Jan & Kevin Whalen Herb & Susie Wilburn Tim & Karen Carter Wendy & Steve Pieper David Davis & JoAnn Mills

Great Blue Herons Bill & Judy Beavers Ann Warshauer & Frank Chilar Bob & Elaine Cline Bill Grillo Mary Gessner & Bud Griswold Jay Eiche & Tanya Harvey Lynne Crumpacker & Ted Miller George Ohrstrom Jeanne Teller & Robert Zimmerman Bobbie & Bob Kranich

Smallmouth Bass John Holmes Beverly & Charles Veatch

Largemouth Bass Paula & Brian Dailey


North Fork Exploration for Teachers planned for 2011

The excitement surrounding our 2010 North Fork Exploration was palpable so Friends is planning and seeking funding to run a second 4 day teacherʼs workshop in 2011. After a highly successful event this summer, we want to again provide an opportunity for local teachers to learn about our river and how we affect it. They can ten take their knowledge back to the classroom and integrate this with their classroom needs. We also hope to fund a week long student oriented watershed experience. Watch for more information, or contact the office at 540-459-8550 for an application

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops had a Great Turnout in New Market We had 14 participants in our rain barrel workshop on September 8th in New Market. A special thanks to Mick Ritchie, New Marketʼs Public Works Director and Ron Falyar for drilling all of the holes and helping everyone learn how to install the hardware at our last rain barrel workshop for the year. This workshop was another great partnership opportunity for Friends. We worked closely with Mike to bring a workshop to the southern end of the watershed.

A New Education Model to be built by Local Students at PMMS

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the Shenandoah County Association for Family and Community Education donated the funding needed to build a new education model for Friends of the North Fork. The model will show how septic systems work and how to properly maintain them to protect rivers and groundwater from pollution. Derek Ritenour, agriculture teacher at Peter Muhlenburg Middle School and his students will build the model. Mr. Ritenourʼs students also built 29 rain barrels for Friends last spring as part of the Big Give Community Service Day. These barrels are being sold as a fundraiser for Friends at Natural Art Garden Center in Toms Brook.

s L Pps!

Mike Ritchie, New Market Public Works Director helping with rain barrel duties.


North Fork News

Drug Take Back Day Huge Success

STATE BOARD APPROVES USE OF SEWAGE SLUDGE AS FERTILIZER IN NORTH FORK WATERSHED DESPITE CONTINUED AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

! The Virginia Water Control Board recently approved!the first ever permit to apply! out of state! sewage sludge in Shenandoah County. Sewage sludge can now be applied to 640 acres of farmland near the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Shenandoah County. Although they are called “biosolids”, these materials are what remains after municipal sewage is treated to control pathogens, odor and a few! heavy metals. Because they are not tested for most common pollutants, we really have!no idea how many contaminants these materials contain. What we do know is that! many household contaminants end up in! the river, presumably after!passing through conventional sewage treatment plants untreated.!  ! Continued on back page...

A deputy and a participant at the Friends display on the Drug Take Back Day

Friends Partners with Shenandoah County Sheriff ’s Office for Hugely Successful Drug Take Back Day!

please remember that these pharmacies can only take back noncontrolled substances. Historically, the public has been urged to dispose of unused or expired drugs down the toilet.

Please Do Not Do This! Drugs Friends Partnered with Sheriff Tim flushed down the toilet end up in our Carterʼs office and representatives for drinking water, especially for those of the Drug Enforcement Agency in order us drinking municipal water in many to bring a National Drug Take Back towns throughout the watershed. We opportunity to Shenandoah County and do not know at this point how these the Forth Fork watershed on drugs (including hormones, antiSeptember 25, 2010. This depressants, caffein, etc.) was an opportunity to alone or in combination dispose of old and unused P l e a s e (synergistically), are pharmaceuticals of any affecting fish, other Don’t type in an anonymous, no aquatic life or humans, but questions asked, we are seeing the results Flush atmosphere. More than 60 of water pollution in fish the people participated and kills and fish displaying more than 70 lbs of drugs intersex traits. Friends River! were collected.We are recently completed a extremely excited to have drinking water campaign participated in this effort alerting watershed and hope to work with the Sheriffʼs residents to our concerns and we are office to make these take back partnering with Potomac Conservancy opportunities a regular and much more in an effort to encourage legislation to frequent occurrence. We are also better understand the human effects of pleased to report that a number of local the substances and to develop pharmacies in the watershed have take strategies for keeping them out of our back programs as well, however, rivers and streams.


STATE BOARD APPROVES USE OF SEWAGE SLUDGE AS FERTILIZER IN NORTH FORK WATERSHED DESPITE CONTINUED AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS From page 3 Executive Director Leslie Watson and several of our members joined a delegation including the Shenandoah County Administrator, the Chair of the Shenandoah County Water Resources Advisory Committee and the Shenandoah Riverkeeper that traveled to Richmond to testify against this permit. Despite considerable uncertainty regarding the safety of these materials and much local opposition to their use, The Water Control Board approved the permit. Thanks to all our members who sent their comments or spoke at the public hearing in Woodstock on July 6, 2010. Although it seems they were ignored by theState Water Control Board, those comments are in the

public record and may be useful in future efforts to limit the use of sewage sludge in our porous karst geology and on the floodplains of the North Fork. Our next challenge is to push for the revision of state regulations controlling the use of biosolids so that future permit requests are held to a higher standard regarding protection of our valuable water resources and human health.

Thanks to everyone who took the time, multiple times, to submit written or oral comments on this issue. We will NEED YOUR SUPPORT AGAIN as we address the revised regulations currently sitting on Governor McDonnell’s desk.

Help Friends Continue to Protect the North Fork Please remember Friends of the North Fork and our River Protection Efforts with a tax deductible end of the year donation. Your contribution will help us do the following: $250 - canoe trip for 18 teacher participants in our 2011 North Fork Exploration! $150 - supports 15 E. Coli (bacteria) analyses $50 - funds one monitoring kit for a new volunteer water monitor.

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