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Ashley Palmer and Joan Haffey stir up the stream bottom near a thriving skunk cabbage.

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Fairfax County’s Streams Are in Trouble

82 percent of Fairfax County’s streams were in very poor, poor or fair condition biologically in 2020.

Five volunteers spent Friday morning jabbing a long-handled mesh net into a stream bottom, scraping the streambanks, scooping up submerged woody debris and rubbing smooth round rocks in the stream’s riffles.


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