Gunpowder Riverkeeper staff led employees from the Lutherville Location of Mom’s Organic Market on a stream walk on the Gunpowder River on June 15th. We explored Prettyboy Reservoir, and we walked along the stream at Masemore and Falls Road. We discussed our projects that actively work to restore and conserve the Gunpowder and its watershed.
We explained our legal research and litigation to solve environmental problems, as well as our work to combat invasive species like Didymo, New Zealand Mud Snails, and Snakeheads. The volunteers cleaned three wader wash stations as well, to help us contain Didymo algae from tributaries that are home to native Brook trout.
Gunpowder Riverkeeper staff shared our environmental monitoring goals to protect communities from legacy PCBs and emerging contaminants such as PFAS. We also detailed our bacteria sampling protocols and outreach for E.Coli to inform the public about safe swimming guidelines.
The volunteers examined macroinvertebrates along the stream, specifically the larvae and tiny snails hidden among the rocks. We also encountered trout, frogs and deer!
Thank you again to the following volunteers from Mom’s for helping us protect this invaluable resource: Katie Neal, Ashley Jones, Erin Adams, Cedar Stephenson, Charlie Frager, and Megan Zeller. We truly appreciated such an enthusiastic crowd who were strong advocates for environmental conservation.