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Lowering Lake for Repairs

Lowering Lake for Repairs


RESTON — The water level of Lake Anne is being lowered over the next few days so repairs can be made to the concrete spillway riser ,located beneath the water near Wiehle Avenue.

Reston Today: Update on Metro, Elections, Nature Projects

Reston Today: Update on Metro, Elections, Nature Projects

RESTON -- In this edition of Reston Today, host  Andy Sigle takes you onsite to get an update on the Reston Station construction project. If you've ever thought of running for the RA Board of Directors, learn what's involved. And October was NeighborWoods month, RA staff and volunteers received a grant to restore and beautify some of Reston's 1,350 acreas of natural areas.

 

Science Class Takes Kids Outdoors in Reston

Science Class Takes Kids Outdoors in Reston

The seventh-grade students of Langston Hughes Middle School are getting their boots wet in October through Reston Association's Watershed Experience Program.

They are learning about runoff, impervious surfaces and pollution by using a scaled watershed model.

They are using kick nets to collect and to study what lives in the stream and determining what that means for water quality.

Students are learning about stream shape, depth, riffle/pool geometry and flow while timing pingpong balls in the stream. Chemistry kits are used to measure the dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH and nitrate parameters of the water.

 

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Grant Fuels Habitat Restoration Project

Grant Fuels Habitat Restoration Project

As part of its NeighborWoods Month campaign, The Alliance for Community Trees awarded Reston Association a $500 grant to improve the health of one of its natural areas... and you can help.  

Join the volunteers on Saturday, October  22 as they return to a site to remove English Ivy.  

Reston Association's Environmental Resource staff say English Ivy creats a "monoculture that prevents native plants from thriving.  Those plants keep the forest healty and provide habitats for wildlife.

Right Plant, Right Place

Right Plant, Right Place

Lion Tree Planting Project Scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

What if there were species of trees that could grow near power lines but never get tall enough to interfere or need to be cut back?  The answer is that there are native Virginia trees that will do just that.  On Saturday, October 15, volunteers will work with Reston Association environmental staff to install the trees under the powerlines along a stretch of Lawyers Road in Reston.  

The project is an example of Right Plant, Right Place.  It is sponsored by the Reston Lions Club.

According to Reston Association environmental staff, choosing an appropriate planting based on space and use is a big factor in the overall health and environmental well-being of the plant.