Shenandoah River Algal Monitoring Methods are Subject of Dec. 2, 2016, Webinar by Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality

On December 2, 2016, starting at 10 a.m., the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public informational Webinar on the Shenandoah River Monitoring Plan/algal field methods development.

Webinar registration online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9033045853411247873 (that Web site also has information on public viewing at the DEQ’s central office in Richmond and Valley Regional Office in Harrisonburg).

According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this Webinar, “[i]n response to citizen concerns raised about algae growth in the Shenandoah River, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) prioritized 5 stream segments, totaling about 25 river miles, for follow-up monitoring in 2016 and 2017.  The purpose of this monitoring is to test field methods that are scientifically based, defensible and reproducible, for estimating the percent coverage of river bottom by filamentous algae.”  The Dec. 2 Webinar is for the DEQ to share progress on developing the algal-monitoring methods.  More information on the development of the algal methods is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityAssessments/ShenandoahAlgae.aspx.

For more information, contact the DEQ’s Don Kain in Harrisonburg, Donald.Kain@deq.virginia.gov, (540) 574-7815; or  Sandra Mueller in Richmond, Sandra.Mueller@deq.virginia.gov, (804) 698-4324.

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