For the young and young at heart, Creek Kids is our environmental club where we learn about our rivers, environment, STEM projects, and much more. Events take place on the last Saturday of each month May - November. Admission and materials are free!
Our annual Pride paddle trip on the Dan! 2023 will be our THIRD year hosting this event and second year with our friends at Collidescope VA, based in Danville. June is Pride Month and we aim to support your voices and connect you with our rivers.
We utilize the Swim Guide website and mobile app to publish our bacteria testing results from popular swimming, kayaking, and fishing locations June - October. Test results for E. Coli will be posted each week to help keep you and your family safe! E. Coli can cause digestive illness in humans. When bacteria levels are unsafe for humans, we will let you know!
Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water. Fluoropolymer coatings can be in a variety of products. These include clothing, furniture, adhesives, food packaging, heat-resistant non-stick cooking surfaces, and the insulation of electrical wire. Many PFAS, including perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), are a concern because they:
do not break down in the environment,
can move through soils and contaminate drinking water sources,
build up (bioaccumulate) in fish and wildlife.
We began PFAS testing in October 2022 and will continue through 2024, with additional goals of fish tissue and human blood sampling being added to our research.
Preliminary testing shows PFAS (PFOA) presence in the majority of the Dan River, meaning that wildlife and humans are very likely to encounter PFAS in the water.
Here you can learn about our past projects, focus areas and interests.
We are always working to stay informed of potential dangers to our environment and way of life. If you find a project that interests you, we would be glad to have your help and support! Feel free to contact us for more information.
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