Monday, June 22, 2015

Friends of the Rapphannock's Richard Moncure - Guest Speaker at June 11th TRC Meeting

Richard Moncure, Rappahannock Steward, "Friends of the Rappahannock", was the featured speaker at TRC's June 11th meeting as guest of Jerry Duval.  Richard highlighted the 3 objectives of the 30 year old organization:  Education, Restoration, Advocacy.  With the message "Healthy Rivers Start at Home", he encouraged us to continue educating ourselves and to remain vigilant about restoring the health of our Rappahannock River.  Two topics of particular interest to TRC's members were:  the dangerous Dead Zones in the Rappahannock because it does not naturally flush well; and the Blue Catfish invasion - Since the introduction of this non-native species decades ago, 90% of the bio-mass of the Rappahannock is now Blue Catfish.  Moncure suggested a market driven approach might be the only way to remedy the situation.  Cost of membership in Friends of the Rapphannock is $30.  Local HQ is at June Parker Marina, and we were encouraged to stop by to learn more and get involved.

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