The Story Our Streams Tell

A Conversation with Dave Penrose, Stream Ecologist

Dave Penrose
“playing in streams since 1972”


Dave Penrose, PhD is a stream ecologist with over 40 years experience.  He currently operates a consulting firm with a laboratory in Asheville, NC, Penrose Environmental.

A passionate scientist and advocate who strives to advance the science of stream ecology, he notes that he “learns something about every stream or river that I work in.”  He also enjoys reading, bird watching, hiking, fly-fishing, and gardening.

His professional career has included work with Watershed Science and the North Carolina State University Water Quality Group.

Prior to that, his nearly three decades with the NC Division of Water Resources took him into most major stream and river systems in North Carolina where he assessed streams and rivers using aquatic insects as indicators of water quality.  Through this work, he helped develop the metrics and assessment protocols needed to assign bio-classification criteria to streams and rivers.

For his exemplary public service to the state of North Carolina, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award in 2008.

The evening is sponsored by
Yadkin Riverkeeper
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Yadkin Riverkeeper logo

 Forsyth Creek Week
March 25-April 2, 2017


“Connect with our Waterways”

Mallard pair on Salem Creek

The Story Our Streams TellTuesday, March 28, 20177:00 pm - 9:00 pmJames A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium(900 Old Salem Road)

Forsyth Creek Week offers us occasion to think about water and how we interact with it. We are all part of a watershed system, and in Forsyth County there are three river valleys into which our water flows: the Yadkin River, the Roanoke River, and the Cape Fear River Basins. The Yadkin River Basin supplies the drinking water for Winston-Salem.

The Muddy Creek drainage is the structure of Wachovia, the 100,000-acre Moravian tract established in 1753 (now Winston-Salem), and is a tributary of the Yadkin River. Bishop Spangenberg recorded his impression of the land in 1753 as “richest in water of any place I have seen.”

Water is essential not only to us but also to all kinds of aquatic organisms. What value could these creatures be to the ecosystem? Streams have a story to tell, with both challenges and opportunities.

Join Dr. Dave Penrose, a leading NC stream ecologist, who will discuss how you can help to make sure the story has a happy ending. The presentation will include time to ask questions.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is appreciated.  Please call 1-800-441-5305.

Prelude on the 1800 Tannenberg Organ
Scott Carpenter, Director of Music Programming,
with Jonathan Sidden, tenor
“Oh Shenandoah” – American Folk Song
“The Water is Wide” – Scottish Folk Song

Reception & Exhibition follow the Lecture:

Local foods by Beta Verde 

Exhibition includes
Forsyth Audubon
Forsyth Community Gardening
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension
Forsyth Soil and Water Conservation District
Gateway Nature Preserve
Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful
Old Salem Gardens
Piedmont Environmental Alliance
Piedmont Land Conservancy
Reynolda Gardens

Sierra Club Foothills Group
Treasure Trees of Forsyth County
Winston-Salem Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
Winston-Salem Stormwater/Erosion Control

Yadkin Riverkeeper