The WWKY Science Advisory Committee (SciAd) has recommended that Watershed Watch volunteers should not conduct monitoring on lakes or streams during May. As many WWKY volunteers know, monitoring sites may have fecal contamination present due to leaky septic systems, straight pipes and malfunctioning sewer treatment plants. Currently, the CDC believes that risks of transmission of COVID-19 through wastewater are low, but as you anticipate conducting field tests and observations at sites on nearby streams and lakes later this summer, we urge each of you to put safety and wellness first. Doing so will involve wearing gloves, masks and eye protection if there is any chance that untreated wastewater flows into the area you monitor.
We are thankful to the Virginia Environmental Endowment for a $17,850 grant that supported our organization in 2018! Check out how these funds were used in our VEE 17 102 final report.