GW Middle School Goes to Work!


George Washington Middle School sponsored science and service work day project at Four Mile Run Park in the City of Alexandria, with Earth Force and the City of Alexandria Dept. RPCA, Horticulture and Natural Resources Section.  On June 13, GW Middle School students, instructors, and site leaders gathered along the tidal shore and mudflats of Four Mile Run to remove the invasive exotic Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), collect water quality data, study macroinvertebrates, and clean-up litter.  For the past year, GW students have been studying the ecology of Four Mile Run and the impact of human development, such as impervious surfaces, dissolved oxygen, and litter on watersheds.

GW Science Instructor Mary Breslin organized the work day, with the assistance of fellow GW teachers: Chris Speich, Danny Boykin, Brandy Poiry, Pari Fahim, Kelly Thacker, Shari Peters, Michele Lebo, Peter Jones, and Laura Porter.  Kurt Moser and Steve Rood represented Earth Force and manned the macroinvertebrate station.    

During the work day, GW students removed several dozen 3 cu. ft. bags of Purple Loosestrife - roots and all - from the watershed.  City natural resource management staff will continue with invasive exotic plant removal work at the site.


Thank you GW Middle School for all your do!



Heather Schaefer is the Founder and Executive Director of Go Green! Alexandria, dedicated to environmental education and outreach. Find out more by visiting







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