Stream Monitoring: Why We Do It
Clean water is vital to healthy living for both people and wildlife. Much of the water pumped into our homes and businesses comes from the streams around us. Rainfall produces runoff that enters our aquatic ecosystem and is processed at local water facilities for human consumption. The many creeks, streams and rivers in Loudoun are also a source of nourishment for the plants and animals living around us.
How clean is the water that flows through the woods, farms, residential communities and parks of Loudoun County? One way to find out is stream monitoring.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy established its stream monitoring program in 1996 to compile data for submission to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The DEQ uses the data to target impaired streams for further monitoring and restoration.