Clean Water

Beaver Creek Reservoir, Albemarle County

To protect the water we drink, we need clean air, expansive forests, responsible farms, wooded stream banks, and communities and individuals who make choices to avoid pollution.

 

 

Conserving Water

By reducing impervious surface.

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Land conservation and land use planning/advocacy are the primary ways that PEC works to reduce impervious surfaces.
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Improving Water Quality

Through land management.

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From rural to suburban to urban, there are best management practices (native plantings, livestock fencing) that make water cleaner.
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Restoring Connections

By removing barriers.

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Culverts, low-water crossings and linear infrastructure (i.e. pipelines, highways) can serve as disruptions to healthy stream flow.
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Measuring Success

Through stream monitoring.

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Monitoring water quality, biological populations, and physical features of stream habitat are all vital to understanding stream health.
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From the Piedmont View

The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

2019 General Assembly: What Happened?

Mar 08, 2019
The 2019 General Assembly Session has concluded. The budget and surviving legislation is now with the Governor awaiting action. It was a fast-paced short session -- roughly 45 days in which thousands…

Protecting the Goose Creek Watershed

Dec 14, 2018
PEC was recently awarded a $15,600 grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment to further our work identifying and prioritizing opportunities to implement agricultural best management practices…

Headwater Stream Initiative kicks off!

Sep 22, 2016
Do you own land along a stream? If so, then you may be interested in the Headwater Stream Initiative, a joint project from PEC and Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR). The initiative provides free…

Fenced in at Roundabout Meadows

Sep 22, 2016
Polluted water is not only bad for us and the environment, but it’s bad for livestock as well,” says Celia Vuocolo, habitat and stewardship specialist at PEC. A significant stewardship project is…

Riparian buffers are the single most effective means of protecting water resources. Streams guarded by a healthy forested riparian buffer run far cleaner and cooler and are more stable than a stream without any kind of buffer.

Learn more about the history, ecology, and beauty of the Shenandoah by watching "Shenandoah: Voices of the River", a 52-minute documentary produced by the Downstream Project.

 The Downstream Project is a non-profit organization founded to inspire individuals and groups to initiate solutions to ecological issues that threaten their communities. Their mission is to "promote natural resource conservation by stimulating awareness, action and alliances through visual arts and technology."

In early 2002, the Center for Watershed Protection, Goose Creek Association and the Piedmont Environmental Council embarked on a three-phase project to study the Goose Creek Watershed.

Goose Creek is a state-designated Scenic River whose watershed in Loudoun and Fauquier counties is a rich and varied landscape of rolling countryside with farms, forests and historic sites. Soils well suited to agriculture and a network of fresh spring water and streams have made this some of the most productive farming country in the United States. Goose Creek also provides drinking water to our neighbors in the City of Fairfax and the rapidly growing suburbs of Loudoun County.

The Cedar Run watershed incorporates a substantial portion of Fauquier County and central Prince William County. The watershed comprises nearly one-quarter of the total land area of Fauquier County and has historically supported agriculture in the form of family farms. The watershed possesses many elements valuable to conservation

Loudoun's Clean Stream Coalition

The following articles were posted by Loudoun's Clean Stream Coalition

  • Curious About the Streams Near You?

    Check out this great interactive map and find out more about your local stream conditions in Loudoun! Read More
  • History of the Chesapeake Bay Act in Virginia

    The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (“the Bay Act”) was originally adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988, taking effect in 84 localities, including suburban and urban communities like Fairfax, Alexandria and Richmond, and rural counties like Caroline, King William and Chesterfield. The General Assembly of Virginia passed the Bay Act in an effort to promote “the general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth” (section 10.1-2100) by protecting the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries (i.e. all bodies of water that ultimately flow to the Bay and thus constitute the Bay’s watershed), and other state waters. [i] Read More
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    Can a Horse Farm Improve Our Streams?

    Some citizens in the Commonwealth have been able to put into place innovative practices to protect the local streams from polluted runoff. This article is about how the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, together with Oakwood Farm, have developed a cooperative model “Chesapeake Bay-Friendly Horse Farm”. Read More

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