We met with a volunteer from the Reston Association, which monitors twelve sites in the Reston Area for the Virginia Save Our Streams organization. Mr. Will showed our new students how to catch macroinvertebrates in nets by scuffing up the rocks in stream riffles. They then picked through the debris in the nets to find and identify the macroinvertebrates. We found all sorts of creatures, from crayfish to snails and a large amount of fly varieties. Students also made observations about the general appearance of the stream and in what ways the surrounding area could impact the stream. When we got back to the classroom, we used the percentages of different species the students observed to calculate how healthy our stream is. Unfortunately, our stream was found to have unacceptable ecological conditions. This data will be sent to our national government to inform Congress about the health of Virginia’s waterways.