Second Water Quality Meeting This Tuesday

The public is invited to the second in a three-part presentation series about water quality in Rockbridge County on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

All presentations in the series are being held in Dunlap Auditorium, Lexington Presbyterian Church.

During the first presentation held last month, the audience learned that, of the 20 percent of rivers and streams which have been monitored in Rockbridge County by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in the past several decades, nearly 60 percent has been designated as impaired.

This month’s presentation will include a report from Erin Ling, Virginia Tech senior Cooperative Extension associate and coordinator of the Virginia Household Water Quality program, on the state of well and groundwater in Rockbridge. In addition, local physician Catherine Harbor will explain the health risks for humans exposed to contaminated water.

The final presentation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. The presenter will be Joel Salatin of-Polyface Farms, who will describe his success as a farmer using low-cost practices to protect and maintain clean water sources.

Light snacks and water provided. Audience questions and discussion encouraged.

These presentations are sponsored by Rockbridge Water Monitors, a group of concerned citizens allied with the Rock-bridge Area Conservation Council and the Environment Committee/50 Ways Rockbridge. Anyone interested in finding out more about RWM or with questions about this series, can contact Gretchen Sukow,

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