Current & Ongoing Projects
Bi-Annual Creek Clean-ups
FOPC has two creek clean ups each year. Each Spring and Fall, volunteers and community groups gather to pick up trash and debris in Peak Creek and several of its tributaries. Gloves, safety vests, trash bags, grabbers and waders are provided as well as water and refreshments. Check our calendar for our next scheduled clean up.
Water Quality Monitoring
Four areas within the Town limits are now being monitored as part of the New River Conservancy’s Water Watchers Citizen Aquatic Monitoring Program. FOPC partnered with the Conservancy by coordinating their first training session in Virginia on April 7, 2018. Seven volunteers were trained and four are now helping keep tabs on our local streams. Monitoring sites include Tract Fork, Sproules Run and two sites on Peak Creek: one located above town and one location is below.
The basic parameters tested include dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, E.coli and turbidity. Overall, the collection of data will help foster good stewardship of environmental resources while providing early warning signs of problems resulting from inadequate stormwater management, sedimentation, sewage contamination and other potential water quality problems.
The Heritage Park Pollinator Garden was established in 2018 in partnership with the Town of Pulaski. Creating and maintaining this native plant garden helps support FOPC’s mission in several ways: by providing environmental education, watershed habitat enhancement, and aesthetic value for the public. Located in a public green space adjacent to Peak Creek and made up of native plants and flowers, the garden provides nectar, food and/or a home for a wide range of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds and other insects. An educational display identifies some pollinator visitors and helps explain the plants’ significance to the environment as to why pollinators are important to the ecosystem. We hope this project will increase the public’s understanding of the critical role the garden can play in reversing declining pollinator populations.
Streambank restoration will help improve the environmental health of Peak Creek which will in turn improve the health of Claytor Lake and the New River. WebRestoration activities aim to restore the natural state and functioning of the Creek in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood management and landscape development. FOPC is researching techniques and funding sources for this work.
Some other projects we've completed, that you can learn more about by going to our website:
Duck Food Dispensers in the Town of Pulaski
Pet Waste Stations throughout the Town
Dora Bluebird Trail
Dora Trail Wildlife & Birding State Designation
Live Stakes Projects
All of thes accomplishments wouldn't be possible without the support we get from the public and local organizations. Thank you for all that you have contributed so far!
Let's keep the momentum going!