Catoctin Watershed Grants

People who live within the Catoctin Creek Watershed may be eligible for federal grants to help pay for evaluating and making repairs to their wastewater treatment systems.

Catoctin Creek is considered an "impaired" stream because it has fecal coliform levels that exceed Virginia's clean water standards.

The grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be distributed by the Loudoun County Health Department and will cover at least 50 percent of costs for all qualified applicants and up to 75 percent for those below the median income in Loudoun.

People living on or near the following roads may be eligible: Route 9 (Charles Town Road), Route 7 Bypass (Harry Byrd Highway), Route 287 (Berlin Turnpike), Route 665 (Loyalty Road), Route 690 (Hillsboro Road), Route 719 (Woodgrove Road) and Route 611 (Purcellville Road).

For more information, visit the Loudoun County Web site at or call the Health Department's Environmental Health Division at 703-737-8315.

Contest for Photographers

Amateur and professional photographers who live or work in Loudoun County can submit work for the "Dog Days of Summer -- and Cats Too!" exhibit at the Loudoun County Government Center.

The exhibit, sponsored by the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee, will run July 18 to Sept. 8.

Photographs should be delivered to the Loudoun County Government Center first floor gallery, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, on July 12 between 9 and 11 a.m. Photos must be framed, ready for hanging and appropriate for exhibit in a public location. Submissions cannot exceed 36 inches by 36 inches.

Free Spay, Neuter Program

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Care and Control and several local veterinarians are offering a free spay and neuter program for cats during June, which is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month.

Vouchers for free spay or neuter surgery can be picked up from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter at 39820 Charles Town Pike and are redeemable through participating veterinarians until Aug. 1. While the surgery is free, there could be fees for other required services, depending on the veterinarian.

The program is in addition to free spay or neuter surgery for every cat adopted from the shelter this month.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD