Rapid Response Pays Off, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Protects Trout Stocking Stream

Photo credit Tom Benzing
Photo credit Tom Benzing

Mark Frondorf, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, was recently alerted by Tom Benzing, James Madison University professor emeritus, to a potential erosion and sediment (E&S) control issue concerning Coyner Spring Run, which serves as the trout stocking location for Waynesboro’s Trout in the Classroom project – heavy rains threatened the Run from a construction project there. Both Tom and Mark worried that the E&S control was inadequate to prevent sediment-filled runoff into Coyner Spring Run.

Mark – on a Sunday! – contacted the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employee in charge of oversight of the project about the danger and need for immediate action. And VDOT got in touch with the contractor that day, who remediated the situation with additional sediment control Monday morning.

Rapid response works!