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Low bridge almost overwhelmed by Sleepy Creek after 2 inches of rain

This is what Sleepy Creek looked like on July 7 after 2 inches of rain. As can be seen here, the creek is swollen and muddy from storm water runoff. The sediment that gets into the creek is bad for the organisms that live in the water and makes it’s way into the Potomac river and then the Chesapeake Bay.

Stream monitoring season is underway!

Norman Dean and Chuck Marsh conduct the biological conditions part of a stream survey at Yellow Spring Run. Even though there was very little flow due to lack of rain lately, there were a surprisingly large amount of benthic macroinvertebrates, salamanders, crayfish, and minnows in the net. Bob Meadows, Jeff Iliff and Danielle Watson also helped with the survey. Stay tuned for information on the next monitoring event, maybe you can join us!

Tree planting season is coming soon, stay tuned for details!

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

Act Now! Septic Repair Cost-Share Up to $7,300

Sleepy Creek Watershed residents, don’t pass up this opportunity to address that nagging septic problem or simply get 50% off that much needed maintenance pump-out! (Watch our Video.)

You should receive a copy of this valuable coupon and limited time offer in the mail this week.

Letting a septic system fail STINKS and poisons our water.

Click on the coupon image below
to download the simple application form

Email us if you have questions or contact Suzy Campbell at the Panhandle Conservation District for more details.

Please do it today and help care for our Sleepy Creek Watershed!


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Click picture above to Download the Simple Application Form

Plenty of tree planting opportunities in the next few weeks!

Maya and Eliza are happy volunteeers

Planting trees is fun!

Herb Peddicord, the WV Chesapeake Bay Forester, is inviting all interested volunteers of all ages to help plant trees in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties on several following dates.  Here is the tentative schedule:
Saturday, October 15th: 9:00 am until Noon – Near Tuscarora Pike, west of Martinsburg.  Take exit 13 from I-81,  Turn west toward Poor House Farm on Tuscarora Pike.  Go approximately 1.7 miles, loor for mailbox #8055 on the right.  Turn right into the driveway.  The holes are already dug for 140 trees.
Saturday October 29th – To be determined depending on tree order arrival.
Saturday, November 5th – Planting at the “Crossing on the Potomac: HOA in north Berkeley County.
Saturday, November 12th – “Tree 4 Bees” planting at Sacred Roots on Persimmon Lane in Jefferson County.
Saturday, November 19th – Riparian buffer planting on Back Creek of Ganotown Road.
Herb will also have two other Tree 4 Bee planting he will schedule for weekdays or on October 2th.
If you would like to help out with any of these tree plantings please contact Herb Peddicord at (304) 229-2665 or for more information.
Participants at all of these planting should bring water to drink, gardening or work goloves, sunscreen, pub spray, and a spade or shovel. Work clothes and boots are also appropriate clothing.


Stream monitoring results for Sleepy Creek at Creek Rd. 09-02-2016

It was perfect weather to enjoy the beauty of Sleepy Creek during our annual monitoring at this site.

Level 3 Stream Survey results for Sleepy Creek at Creek Road on 09-02-2016, 8:30am.

Participants: Fink, Iliff, Oaks, Meadows, Dean.

Conditions: Sunny and cool, no rain in the last 48 hours.

Latitude: 39-30-59  Longitude: 78-13-38

Water temp: 19.5  C. , Dissolved Oxygen: 67 mg/l,  Conductivity: 284 uS, Turbidity: 56 (tube reading)

Habitat conditions: 180 optimal (up 15 from last year)

Biological conditions: 83.6 Optimal (up 2.6 from last year)

There were 180 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates  represented by 10 types, 83 ‘critters’ of 7 types in the medium tolerance category, and only one in the high tolerance category.

Click on our ‘Stream Monitoring’ category (to the right) to see stream monitoring results for other Sleepy Creek Locations this year, as well as a deeper explanation of the process in a posting called, “What is stream monitoring and what do the numbers mean?”

Sleepy Creek Stream Monitoring results from Burnt Mill Rd. Bridge 08-19-16

Level 3 Stream Survey results for Sleepy Creek near Burnt Mill Bridge August 19, 2016 8:30 am.

Monitors: Iliff, Fink, Oaks, Dean, Meadows

Latitude: 39-38-47  Longitude: 78-7-45

Ambient temp: 90 deg. and sunny

Water temp: 24 deg. C (75.2 F)

pH:7.5  Dissolved solids: 110 ppm

Habitat conditions: 183 Optimal (up five from last year)

Biological conditions: 81.6 Optimal (same)

There were 228 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates represented by 9 types, 239 ‘critters’ of 7 types in the medium tolerance category, and only one in the high tolerance category.

Click on our ‘Stream Monitoring’ category (to the right) to see stream monitoring results for other Sleepy Creek Locations this year.

Free trees available to honor Carla Hardy

Carla Hardy (1971-2016), founder of the Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree program, has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.  Cacapon Institute is offering memorial trees to be planted in her honor in fall 2016. By planting a memorial tree this fall, you are expanding upon Carla’s legacy and upholding the motto of the program she began back in 2008 by “Building Communities from the Roots Up!”


Community organizations and private homeowners are encouraged to apply to plant memorial trees throughout their communities and in their backyards.


Trees will be available for pickup between October 1st and November 30th at either:

  • Inwood – WV Division of Forestry office (145 Pilgrim Street, Inwood, WV 25428)
  • Moorefield – WV Conservation Agency office (60 Moorefield Industrial Park Rd, Moorefield, WV 26836)


On your order form, you’ll need to select where you’ll be picking up your trees from, how many trees you are requesting, and answer some basic information about where you’ll be planting the trees and how they will be maintained. Please keep in mind that we will do our best to honor all requests for species, but in certain situations, a similar species may be substituted based on nursery availability.


The deadline to apply for memorial trees is Wednesday, September 14th


We encourage successful applicants to submit their tree planting with pictures to Cacapon Institute’s “What’s Your BMP” tool on our website.


Please fill out a form at the Cacapon Institute website, and email it to or contact me with any questions.  

On behalf of Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree,

Tanner Haid, Urban Watershed Forester

ISA Certified Arborist #MA-5639A

Cacapon Institute

#10 Rock Ford Road

Great Cacapon, WV 25422

Cell: 540-335-0687

Office: 304-258-8013

Building Communities from the Roots Up!



Join Cacapon Institute on September 10 for a fun paddle trip!

  • Cacapon Institute’s 2nd Annual Potomac River Paddle Trip Come spend the day with Cacapon Institute as we paddle the Potomac River from Great Cacapon, WV to Hancock, MD. This is a free event.  Cacapon Institute will be renting canoes for those who do not have one, but there is a limited supply. CI will also be furnishing a catered lunch. Please register below and let us know what you need.
  • Cacapon Institute is able to make this possible because of the generosity of our members and supporters.  If you would like to support this event and CI, please consider a tax-deductible $50 donation. Donations of any size can be made by clicking here or by visiting our webpage and clicking on the link on the right.
  •  Please register by Wednesday, Sept. 7 at: Cacapon Institute
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Trip Details
    Arrival Time:    9:00 a.m.Paddle Trip Details:    The paddle is a gentle ~10 mile journey on the Potomac River from Great Cacapon, WV, to Hancock, MD. Beginner paddlers are welcome! This paddle is free and open to the public (donations suggested). We will be in touch as plans develop regarding boat rentals.
  • Arrival Location:    Cacapon Institute’s office at: #10 Rock Ford Road, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
  • Paddle Date:    Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • Click on this link: Cacapon Institute for more information and to register at the Cacapon Institute site.

08-19-16 Monkey flower graces stream monitoring site

SM 8-19-16 Monkey flower SM 8-19-16 Bob and stanAnother great day for stream monitoring at Sleepy Creek. Norm Dean identified a Monkey Flower (left picture) at our data compilation site and we netted hundreds of Benthic Macroinvertebrates, which are seen here being collected by Bob Meadows and Stan Oaks at our stream-side station. Ph and dissolved O2 tests in the foreground performed by yours truly. Check back to this site to find out when you can join us on our next outing!