Waynesboro is in the Shenandoah Valley less than five miles away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail. The location of the South River and its value as a recreational hub and ecological resource, enhances our city’s appeal.
The South River, a 2.5-mile stretch that meanders through Waynesboro and past Constitution Park, is a popular trout fishing area that also supports plants, fish, birds and other animals in its watershed. All of these, combined with soil and water, interact to create a dynamic ecosystem.
Apart from consuming fish (other than stocked trout) caught from the river, the South River is safe to fish, boat, swim or float. The South River Science Team wants to make sure that it remains a vital ecosystem for future generations.
The South River Science Team participates in and supports local events to update community members on the team’s progress and to help communicate the fish consumption advisories to people who use the South River and South Fork Shenandoah River.
Science Team members provide information and answer questions about the team’s activities at large, annual events like Riverfest, as well as in smaller settings like high school classrooms. The team also provides support for annual events like Public Works Day.
The RAP maintains a membership of at least 12 people representing diverse interests and the community at large. RAP members are affiliated with organizations such as:
The Promotores de Salud Program trains Hispanic women and men to serve as volunteer health resources (Promotores) in their community.
Since 2011, the South River Science Team has been collaborating with members of the Promotores de Salud as part of our effort to educate communities along the South River and South Fork Shenandoah River about the mercury fish consumption advisories.
In 2014, the program shifted its focus to 14- to 18-year-olds within the Latino community. The new program, Promotores Jr, focuses on the mercury fish consumption advisories, as well as physical health, mental health, sexual health, and health careers.
The Promotores de Salud Program is part of the Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center at James Madison University. For more information or to volunteer, contact Liliana Penalver, Program Coordinator, at (540)568-5284 or send an e-mail.