Photos by Callie Broaddus
In an effort to fight the discharge of sewage runoff into Goose Creek, the Goose Creek Association (GCA) was formed in 1970 and today includes hundreds of members in Loudoun and Fauquier counties. The importance of the GCA fight cannot be understated because the local watershed feeds into the Potomac and ultimately the Chesapeake watershed.
GCA held its annual Members’ Cocktail Party April 21 at Magalen O. Bryant’s beautiful home, Locust Hill, in The Plains, Virginia. The assembled guests enjoyed Bryant’s spring garden and historic home located in the Little River Rural Historic District of the Goose Creek watershed.
GCA Board Member Louise Crane chaired and organized the party with delicious catering by Karen Harper-Fuog. At the party, GCA honored its 2017 Golden Goose Award recipient: longtime stream monitor volunteer and former board member Patricia Callahan.
This spring, GCA monitored over 12 sites along Goose Creek for water quality and planted thousands of trees along riparian buffers with scores of student and adult volunteers in Fauquier and Loudoun counties. This winter, GCA also showed the environmental documentary “Saving Place, Saving Grace” about the conservation efforts of a Trappist monastery in Berryville, Virginia. For more information, visit GCA’s website at goosecreek.org.