NVSWCD Board Meeting Minutes July 26, 2011



Fairfax County Community Development Center (Herrity Building), Room 941
12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035
July 26, 2011


(As approved by the Board of Directors on September 27, 2011)

Mrs. Packard called the meeting to order at 9:40 a.m. Those present were:

  • Jean Packard, Chairman, NVSWCD
  • John Peterson, Vice Chairman, NVSWCD
  • George Lamb, Treasurer, NVSWCD
  • Adria Bordas, Extension Director, NVSWCD
  • Harry Glasgow, Associate Director, NVSWCD
  • Jerry Peters, Associate Director, NVSWCD
  • Marian Carroll, Stormwater Compliance Specialist, DCR
  • Jim McGlone, Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Diane Hoffman, Administrator, NVSWCD
  • Lily Whitesell, Outreach and Watershed Programs Coordinator, NVSWCD
  • Asad Rouhi, Urban Conservation Engineer, NVSWCD
  • Sarah Vincent, Intern, NVSWCD
  • Tom Cranmer, Visitor
  • Sae-Li Kim, Robinson Secondary School
  • Siva Rajamarthandan, Robinson Secondary School
  • Sarah Vincent, Intern, NVSWCD
  • Jackie Falatko, Intern, NVSWCD
  • Gina Li, Langley High School
  • Rachel Campbell, West Potomac High School
  • Steven Tuchrello, Robinson Secondary School
  • Jeong Cho, Centreville High School

Regional Science Fair Project – Vitamin C a Key to SAV. Ms. Whitesell introduced Sae-Li Kim and Siva Rajamarthandan, juniors at Robinson Secondary School, who were the NVSWCD second place winners in the Regional Science Fair. The students described their Science Fair project, Vitamin C a Key to SAV. They assessed the effects of additional vitamin C concentrations on the change in mass of anachris, a type of submerged aquatic vegetation. The students found that an increase in vitamin C does help to increase plant mass. Also, the dissolved oxygen and O2 levels indicated that there was not a negative effect on underwater oxygen. They concluded that vitamin C could be a possible temporary solution to revising the low levels of submerged aquatic vegetation in ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay and maintain the health of the plants under stressful situations like pollution. Mrs. Packard congratulated the students on their project and presented each with a check for $50, a certificate, and a copy of Aldo Leopold’s book, A Sand County Almanac.

High School Interns. Ms. Whitesell described the District’s two-week summer internship for five high school students. Their experiences included removing invasive plants from park land, maintaining rain gardens, conducting storm drain marking and education, and assisting at a native plant nursery. The students also learned from NVSWCD staff and partners in a series of seminars, and prepared a final presentation on a conservation topic of their choosing. Three college student summer interns also participated in the activities, helping to lead the group.

Youth Conservation Camp. Gina Li and Rachel Campbell received partial scholarships from NVSWCD to attend the VASWCD Youth Conservation Camp at Virginia Tech in July. Gina gave a brief recap of the many types of activities and learning opportunities during the week-long camp. Overall, the campers were very pleased with the experience.

Approval of Minutes.Mrs. Gagnon said she reviewed the Minutes and recommended approval. A motion (Peterson-Lamb) passed (4-0) to approve the Minutes of the June 28, 2011 Board Meeting.

Treasurer’s Report. Mr. Lamb reviewed the Treasurer’s Reports. A motion (Lamb-Peterson) passed (4-0) to accept and file for audit the Treasurer’s Report for June 2011 and the 4th Quarter of FY 2011.

Approval of Self-Assessment for FY 2011 Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost-Share Program. Mrs. Hoffman reviewed the self-assessment of the 2011 Agricultural BMP Cost-Share program, which had been prepared by Mr. Woode, NVSWCD Agricultural Water Quality Specialist. During FY 2011, there were no cost share sign-ups; however, in all relevant areas, the assessment concluded that NVSWCD had fully satisfied the requirements of the program. A motion (Lamb-Bordas) passed (4-0) to approve the self-assessment of the FY 2011 Agricultural BMP Cost-Share program.

Pohick Creek Watershed, PL-566. Mr. Peterson said the District had reviewed and submitted comments on the draft Supplemental Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Rehabilitation of PL-566 Site #8 (Huntsman Lake). The final plan, prepared by NRCS, also has been reviewed and approval by the Board is recommended. A motion (Peterson-Lamb) passed (4-0) to approve the Supplemental Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment for the rehabilitation of Pohick Creek PL-566 Site #8. Fairfax County, co-sponsor of the PL-566 Pohick Creek project, also must approve the Supplemental Plan, which will allow planning for the rehabilitation to move forward.

Cooperator of the Year. Mrs. Hoffman reported that from among the many cooperators that have partnered with the District this year to protect and conserve natural resources in Fairfax County, the staff recommended naming the Fairfax Master Naturalists as the NVSWCD Cooperator of the Year. For the past two years, the Master Naturalists have been key partners in the Watershed Friendly garden tour, volunteering their gardens and helping to plan and carry out the tour. Master Naturalists also participate in the District’s stream monitoring and storm drain marking programs, and this year, comprised 100% of the District’s Regional Science Fair judging team. The District has supported and worked with the Master Naturalist program since its inception and staff are invited to teach several of the classes each year in soils and geography, water quality monitoring, and stream ecology. The Master Naturalists invite the District to exhibit each year at its annual open house for volunteer opportunities. A motion (Peterson-Bordas) passed (4-0) to name the Fairfax Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists as the NVSWCD 2011 Cooperator of the Year.

Green Breakfast. Mr. Glasgow said those attending the July 9 Green Breakfast enjoyed hearing about Offshore Wind Energy. For the September Green Breakfast, the Board asked the steering committee to choose a topic that would be of local interest for the November election.

Tree Commission. Mr. Glasgow said the Celebrated Trees and Tree Stewards programs are continuing to move forward. The next Tree Stewards class will be held in the spring.

Pohick Creek PL-566. Mr. Kohnke, NVSWCD liaison for the Pohick Creek PL-566 Watershed Project, said he visited the Lake Barton site. It appeared nearly complete and the site stabilized. Mr. Wilkinson said he talked with the NRCS inspector, Jerry Wright, who said the project was going well and should be completed on time. Mr. Kohnke said the rehabilitation of site #8 (Huntsman) is in the planning stage and on track. Mr. Peterson expressed a concern about the availability of the federal assistance portion of the project, given current uncertainties in federal funding.

Engineering Standards Review Committee. Mr. Kohnke, NVSWCD representative on the ESRC, reported that the ESRC did not meet in July but plans to meet in August.

August and December Meetings. A motion (Bordas-Lamb) passed (4-0) to cancel the August and December Board of Directors meetings.

4-H Fair – August 6-7. Ms. Bordas invited everyone to attend the 4-H Fair on August 6 and 7 and Frying Pan Park.

NACD and SWCS Meetings. Mr. Peterson said he has been busy participating in the National Association of Soil and Water Conservations District’s legislative conference in Washington DC, as well as the Soil and Water Conservation Society and National Watershed Coalition meetings.

Jack Frye – Chesapeake Bay Commission’s Virginia Director. Mr. Peterson said that Jack Frye was chosen as the Virginia Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. NVSWCD sent a letter of support for his selection. Also, Mr. Frye will be inducted into the NACD Southeast Region’s Hall of Fame at the upcoming Southeast Region meeting in Alabama.

Urban Watershed Forum. Mrs. Hoffman reported that the District helped to plan and publicize the Urban Watershed Forum held at George Mason University on July 21. The forum was sponsored by the University, the Virginia Conservation Network and Scotts Miracle Gro. It focused on urban stormwater runoff, green infrastructure, responsible lawn care practices and other ways that homeowners can help to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Randy Bartlett, Fairfax County DPWES Deputy Director for Stormwater and Wastewater, gave the big picture perspective of the challenges local governments face as they try to meet the requirements of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Mr. Rouhi, NVSWCD urban conservation engineer, discussed ways homeowners can make a difference on their own property, including using low impact development practices.

Lands for Tomorrow Conference. Mr. Peters reported on the Lands for Tomorrow Conference, which was held at Longwood University in Farmville in June. He said that individual landowners experience confusion about whom to trust for advice and assistance. There are several public and private sources that do not always provide the same advice, and there is a need for public agencies to coordinate their responses. He said the break-out sessions provided a great deal of valuable technical information.

Department of Conservation and Recreation. Ms. Carroll, DCR Stormwater Compliance Specialist, described some of her responsibilities, which include conducting audits of local Erosion and Sediment Control programs and inspection of construction sites. She provided a written report from Mrs. Cross, Conservation District Coordinator.

Virginia Department of Forestry. Mr. McGlone said the American Chestnut Foundation would like to establish a Chestnut orchard in Fairfax County. Approximately two acres and a willing homeowner are needed. The board and staff suggested several possibilities that he might explore. He said the Foundation plans to conduct a study to learn whether or not inoculated trees will be resistant to the disease that killed the American chestnuts. Mr. McGlone said that Thousand Cankers Disease has been detected in the Richmond area. The disease is fatal to black walnut trees. He announced the Northern Virginia Urban Forest Roundtable meeting will be held at Potomac Overlook Regional Park on September 29. The Roundtable will discuss “Urban Wood Utilization.” This is part of an effort to divert wood resources from landfills.

Natural Resources Conservation Service. Mr. Wilkinson noted that earlier he had forwarded the report of the Local Working Group to the Board.

Mrs. Packard adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Diane Hoffman signature

Diane Hoffman

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