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Spring tree plantings are just around the corner, so re-visit our site for the dates as they are decided.

Join Us! Sleepy Creek Watershed Annual Meeting Dec. 3rd

Annual SCWA Meeting Scheduled for December 3, 2016


As announced earlier, we will hold our annual meeting this coming Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 7 P.M.  The meeting will be held at the Morgan County Board of Education Office, 247 Harrison Street.


Following a recap of our 2016 activities and a treasurer’s report, obusiness meeting will include election of officers for the next two year term.  The following officers’ terms expire at the end of this year:  James Michael, Stan Oaks, and Susan Jones.  Anyone wanting to join the board may express their interest at the meeting before a vote is taken.


Our guest speaker will be Mr. Ted Hogan, Executive Director, Partnership for Ecological Restoration, Inc., Stevensville, MD.  Ted has over 40 years of experience in in wetland and stream studies and restoration.  His firm currently has a contract with us through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to design a stream restoration project on Sleepy Creek near the Spriggs Road bridge.  He will discuss the science and nuances of steam restoration.


Refreshments will be served.

Sleepy Creek member attends Choose Clean Water Conference

SCWA was represented by Jeff Iliff at the 7th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference in Annapolis MD on May 24th and 25th. This conference brings together experts from all around the Chesapeake Bay watershed to share the newest developments and information to help watershed and environmental organizations maximize their effectiveness. There were many informative workshops from advocacy and communication challenges to public health and environmental justice. The highlight was a field trip to an organic farm to observe best management practices aimed at avoiding chemical and sediment runoff such as building healthy soil using winter crops and strategic grazing for cows and sheep. Clagett farm is owned and run by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and is a functioning farm that is also an educational site available for school field trips to teach the next generation how ‘green farming’ works. There is no doubt that all conference attendees will bring a wealth of new information back to their local organizations. You can check out their website for more information.

Come visit our booth at the annual Plant Fair in downtown Berkeley Springs!

Maya rain garden demo '14

Maya Iliff demonstrates the effectiveness of rain gardens.

Come and visit our booth this Friday and Saturday for informative brochures, a rain garden demonstration, to enter our raffle, or just say hello. We’ll be at the annual plant fair in the middle of downtown Berkeley Springs in the State Park, Friday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. There will also be food and music!


Two-inch Rainfall on Sleepy Creek at Johnson’s Mill, April 2015

May 20, 2015

This is an archival video taken on Sleepy Creek at Johnson’s Mill, April 20, 2015.  This was after we had a two-inch rainfall across the entire region the night before.  There was considerable flooding along Sleepy Creek’s main tributary (the video) and its branches.

Source Water Protection Law to be addressed at SCWA Annual Meeting



The Sleepy Creek Watershed will host WV Rivers’ Coalition Special Project Manager, David Lillard, at their Annual Meeting to be held on December 9, 2014 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Morgan County Board of Education Meeting Room, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV.  All interested residents are invited to attend.

Mr. Lillard will recap the Source Water Protection Law (SB373) that was passed by the WV Legislature shortly after last January’s major chemical spill in the Elk River near Charleston and discuss on-going actions to implement and change provisions of that law.  Two of the more controversial provisions are the preparation and exercising of required source water protection plans by “municipal” water systems and the inventorying and inspecting of above-ground storage tanks within the state (estimated to be over 100,000).  He will relate how these provision impact residents and be available to answer questions.

A short business meeting and election of board members will precede the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

New Sleepy Creek Watershed Association baseball caps ($17) and hooded sweatshirts ($25) will also be available for purchase after the meeting.