Water and Wildlife

Workshop focuses on Deckers Creek and the environment

Morgantown Dominion Post
23 May 2011
By Bob Gay

Area youth had the chance to expand their knowledge of the local environment and learn how to help preserve it during the Water and Wildlife Workshop sponsored by the Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) organization Sunday afternoon at their Outdoor Learning Park in Sabraton.

“We want to educate the youth and families in the community,” said Shannon Dey of the FODC. “We hope to make them more aware of the environment in their backyard.”

The workshop featured a variety of activities both in and alongside Deckers Creek. Participants could take a stream tour, join in a scavenger hunt, take a tree and plant identification walk, and participate in a litter cleanup along with other learning opportunities.

FODC Americorps worker Brian Carlson led groups directly into the waters of Deckers Creek during the event so they could sample the aquatic insect life of the stream by scooping up samples from the streambed.

“We can assess the condition of the stream by checking the aquatic insects,” he said, “as the diversity of insects indicate the health of the stream.” FODC Youth Advisory Board member Evan Lintz was one of the members helping out with the workshop.

The three-year member of the board is excited about the group’s efforts to improve the creek. “I enjoy working with a cool group of kids who work hard to get things done,” he said. “We just want to have a positive effect on the environment.”