The following blog post is based on an article titled “Stream Restoration Spawns Kids’ Fishing Derby in Virginia,” originally published in Land and Water: The Magazine of Natural Resource Management and Restoration. Children’s smiles tell the story of a stream restoration in Reston, Virginia, a community where the rejuvenation of more than 9 miles of stream as part of the Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank (NVSRB) unexpectedly evolved into an annual fishing derby, the most recent of which saw more than 350 children cast lines into the water on a brisk March morning.
The derby and the massive restoration are the result of strong partnerships between various public and private entities in Virginia.
Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI), a subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company, worked with the Reston Association (representing close to 60,000 residents), the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Fairfax County to restore streams within three separate watersheds. The derby evolved out of those relationships and included WSSI, the Reston Association, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited (NVATU).