Jordan Lake Hike and Educational Outing

Join us on Saturday, February 8 at 10am for a short but somewhat strenuous hike at Jordan Lake's New Hope Overlook trail. We will be doing the Blue Trail which is 2.7 miles. This is the most challenging trail with several steep hills. Hikers will enjoy sweeping views of the lake, mature hardwood forests, groves of mountain laurel, lush creek crossings and a variety of wildflowers and ferns. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy hiking boots, and bring water.

Accompanying us and leading a thoughtful discussion on the controversial Jordan Lake cleanup project will be Dr. Ken Reckhow, Professor Emeritus at Duke University in the Nicholas School of the Environment. During his 30 year tenure as a Professor at Duke, Dr. Reckhow taught courses in water quality management and modeling, environmental decision analysis, and environmental statistics. He has served in various functions on numerous panels and commissions during his career. He has published two books and over 100 papers, principally on water quality modeling, monitoring, and pollutant loading analysis, with a focus on uncertainty, risk, and decision analysis. Much of his work has emphasized nutrients and eutrophication. Dr. Reckhow has a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Environmental Systems Analysis.

Most recently, Dr. Reckhow co-authored several expert opinion articles on the topic of the Jordan Lake cleanup:

For more information on the current state of things with the imminent cleanup project:

Group size is limited to 20. Please RSVP by sending an email to [masked] or RSVP on our Capital Group Meetup page at:

Directions and map to New Hope Overlook area off Pea Ridge road:

Detailed New Hope Overlook map and trailhead location:

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  • Kevin B

    Highly informative

    February 9

  • Dana Lanner

    Hate I won't be able to join the group. Sorry for the late change. Am fighting a bug.

    February 7

  • Debra Davis Rezeli

    Please be prepared for possible rainy/chilly conditions this Saturday including proper rain gear, umbrellas, and adequate layers. We will begin the discussion portion promptly at 10am and the hike will commence soon after.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact trip leaders at [masked] or [masked].

    Event leaders: Jeff and Debra Rezeli

    February 6

  • Adam James

    Some unfortunate news on the Jordan Lake cleanup issue. Council of State has voted in favor to approve the use of solar powered circulators instead of addressing the real problem of stopping pollution from entering the lake in the first place.­

    February 4

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