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    The Friends of Burke's Spring Branch engage in a number of activities, including quarterly monitoring and twice-yearly cleanups of the stream. No experience is needed for either activity. Please consider joining us on the following dates:

    Next cleanup:

    Students and parents from Haycock School will be picking up trash in the Burke's Spring Branch watershed on 10/19/07; we'll consider that our fall Burke's Spring Branch cleanup. Fairfax Trails and Streams will be holding a Pimmit Run watershed-wide cleanup on 10/27/07; see their website for details. We'll hold a stream cleanup on Saturday 24 Mar.., 2007, from 9 a.m. to noon (raindate Sun. 25 Mar., 1:30-4:30). Please meet at the bridge behind Longfellow School.

    Next stream monitoring: We hope to resume monitoring our regular Burke's Spring Branch site near the McLean Little League and an adjacent site on Pimmit Run in fall/winter '07/'08. If time and personnel allow, we may also monitor the Branch above and below the planned Chesterbrook Residences stormwater outlet (near the bridge behind Longfellow) to see what effect construction in that area is having on the stream. Dates and times for both monitorings are flexible depending on who's interested in participating; contact Cathy Saunders for details.

    Other local conservation-related volunteer activities:

    Earth Sangha, a Buddhist environmental group, holds tree-planting and invasives-clearing events as part of their Native Forest Gardening program. See the News section of the Earth Sangha website ( ) for an up-to-date listing of activities.

    These activities can help fulfill the community service requirements at many schools; for more information email Cathy Saunders or call her at 703-534-4494.

    FOBSB has a representative on the steering committee for the County's Middle Potomac Watersheds Plan, which will identify problems in 5 watersheds, including Pimmit Run, and make suggestions for restoring and protecting the streams. Each step of the planning process includes a public forum; watch this site for word of the next one.

    Members of FOBSB and other neighbors have also expressed their concerns about the present and future of the watershed in letters, petitions, and testimony before various county governmental bodies. To see documents written by others, or to contribute your own, please go to the letters page. If you'd like to contact our planning commissioner or Supervisor with concerns about land use or other issues in the watershed, you'll find contact information on the how to participate in the planning process page.


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