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.

Lori Keenan presenting the Golden Goose award to Patricia Callahan.

Lori Keenan presenting the Golden Goose award to Patricia Callahan.

Board member and event organizer Louise Crane with her husband Carey Crane.

Board member and event organizer Louise Crane with her husband Carey Crane.

Forrest Stone Allen with his service dog, Toliver, and his mother, Rae Stone, DVM

Forrest Stone Allen with his service dog, Toliver, and his mother, Rae Stone, DVM

Caroline Helmly and Leslie Hazel with Cynthia Benitz, who is the active stream monitor for Fauquier County.

Caroline Helmly and Leslie Hazel with Cynthia Benitz, who is the active stream monitor for Fauquier County.

Board member Dulany Morison (left) with Eleanor Morison and Milton Sender.

Board member Dulany Morison (left) with Eleanor Morison and Milton Sender.