Kids, parents and environmental educators are encouraged to attend Stream Discovery, a hands-on stream pollution workshop Friday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at White’s Mill as part of the Virginia Highlands Festival.
Participants will discover how to catch and identify macro invertebrates, which are tiny creatures that live in stream beds, such as stonefly, mayfly, water penny and many others. These macro invertebrates are pollution sensitive, so the types and the numbers found are indicators of stream health.
The workshop also will feature a pollution prevention game for kids and a session for educators to learn techniques for teaching about watersheds and pollution prevention. Certificates will be given to teachers who may be able to use the time for recertification points.
Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, which is a nonprofit based in Abingdon, focuses on preserving clean rivers. The Roundtable works in the upper Tennessee River basin in Virginia, which includes the Clinch, Holston and Powell rivers that flow to the Tennessee River.
The workshop will take place at on Toole’s Creek at historic White’s Mill, which is located on White’s Mill Road. Rain date will be the following Friday, Aug. 7, at the same time and place. For more information about the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, check out Facebook or visit the organization’s website at www.uppertnriver.org