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VA Save Our Streams Training - Field Day Session

May 3, 2022

VA Save Our Streams Training - Field Day Session

Register Now for the VA SOS Field Day Training Session!

Become an official certified Virginia Save Our Streams water quality monitor to see how healthy your local streams are.

Date and time
Wed, June 22, 2022
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Location
South Martinsville River Access
184 Tensbury Drive
Martinsville, VA 24112

About this Event
VA Save Our Streams (SOS) is a fun way to test water quality by collecting and identifying underwater insects, called macroinvertebrates. The Izaak Walton League is partnering with the Dan River Basin Association to provide a workshop for those who wish to become a certified VA SOS Monitor and have their data utilized by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

This is the second step in becoming a VA SOS monitor.  Attendees must complete the online portion of the certification in order to attend the field day session. Space is limited - early registration is recommended for the field day session.  Click here learn more and register!


New Trails at Virginia's Future Mayo River State Park

April 25, 2022

New Trails at Virginia's Future Mayo River State Park

Citizens, representatives, and business leaders gathered on Friday, April 22, to open a new trail system at the site of Virginia’s future Mayo River State Park in Henry County. The event coincided with Earth Day, an international observance in support of environmental protection.


Belews Park Public Meeting #2

March 7, 2022

The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) is working in partnership with Rockingham County to develop a new park near Belews Lake.  Phase 1 of the project will begin in March 2022.


If you would like to learn more about the project or share any ideas, please plan to attend one of the two public outreach meetings. The first meeting will be held virtually, the second meeting date and venue is virtually on March 14th at 5:30 PM. 


Belews Park Public Outreach Meeting

March 14, 2022

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Please register in advance for this virtual meeting.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


About the Belews Park Project


The 110-acre property located at the corner of Ellisboro Road and Stanley Road was donated to Rockingham County by Duke Energy for the development of Belews Park.  A master plan was approved by the County Commissioners in April 2018, information can be found on the Rockingham County website. The Park is owned and operated by Rockingham County.


Phase 1 is expected to start in March 2022 and be completed by September 2022.  Phase 1 includes an improved parking lot, restroom, short trail, and signage. Phase 1 of the development of Belews Park will be completed in partnership with DRBA.


Hunting on the property is prohibited. All hunting structures on the property will need to be removed by February 28, 2022.  Any structures left on the site after February 28, 2022, will be dismantled and discarded.


Park construction will begin in early March 2022.  Public use, other than the removal of hunting structures until February 28, is prohibited from January 1, 2022 - to September 2022. 


If you have an interest in assisting with Phase 1 as a volunteer or donor, please contact Anna Wheeler, DRBA’s NC Program Coordinator at awheeler@danriver.org.  Volunteers and donors are needed to assist in trail building, bench making, and installation.


Epic River Experiences for Youth Ages 11-13 this summer!

March 1, 2022

Epic River Experiences for Youth Ages 11-13 this summer!

Epic River Experience 2022

Sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
For youth ages 11-13 who reside or attend public school in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County.

June 16th, 2022 1:00pm – 4:00pm
July 21st, 2022 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Abreu-Grogan Park, Danville

Back Up June date in case of inclement weather: June 23, 2022
Back Up July date in case of inclement weather: July 28, 2022

Space is limited.  Youth must complete an online application to participate by May 13thClick here to learn more about the Epic River Experience.


Dan River Basin Association receives $21,500 grant from Purina to fund park project in Rockingham County

January 31, 2022

Dan River Basin Association receives $21,500 grant from Purina to fund park project in Rockingham County

Donation through Purina Trust Fund will help establish highly anticipated Belews Park