Thursday, August 7
Tentative Tour Times: 12:00n - 6:00pm
Tour 1 - Occoquan Watershed/Reservoir Tour - CANCELLED
This tour of the Occoquan Watershed/Reservoir system will visit several key locations within this unique and precedent-setting basin. The Occoquan watershed was the nation's first system to incorporate indirect potable water reuse in providing a safe and dependable water supply. A special policy was established in 1972, the "Occoquan Policy" which established this unique system and set in motion a remarkable cooperative relationship between four counties, two cities, and the water utility that comprise this system. This tour will be led by personnel from the Virginia Tech Occoquan Laboratory which has overseen the water monitoring effort element of this policy over its entire history. Locations visited will include the Upper Occoquan Service Authority (UOSA) water reclamation plant, the Fountainhead Marina (providing an excellent and picturesque perspective on the lower reservoir, and (time allowing) the Occoquan Dam itself.
Tour 2 - Patapsco River Dam Removal Projects
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and American Rivers, working in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) and the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park, removed the Union and Simkins dams, located on the Patapsco River near Ellicott City under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Removal of these blockages is part of a larger suite of removals on the Patapsco River aimed at restoring more than 30 miles of free-flowing habitat. The project reconnects and restores eight miles of spawning habitat for American eel, alewife, blueback herring, yellow and white perch, and American shad. The project provides access to nearly 300 square miles of the Patapsco River watershed for American eels. Moreover, it has increased recreational opportunities and removed two significant public safety hazards.