Clean Water

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 removingĀ 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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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.

The three parts of the study included

  1. a watershed vulnerability analysis to identify the most vulnerable subwatersheds in the Goose Creek watershed;
  2. intensive stream and riparian management assessments within three selected subwatersheds to ground-truth analysis and identify opportunities to protect and restore stream health within each subwatershed and
  3. rapid watershed plans for these subwatersheds. As the study says, "The unique value of Goose Creek as a natural resource combined with the diversity of land use and water quality concerns within the larger watershed, make it an ideal location to implement and demonstrate watershed planning." Documents outlining the process and results of the watershed study are listed below:

Goose Creek Demonstration Subwatershed Plans (Full Final Report -2.6Meg)
Goose Creek Watershed Assessment Summary (Summary of Full Final Report - 6-pages)
Goose Creek Watershed Program Review (Review of Loudoun & Fauquier codes and ordinances affecting current watershed strategies & practices - 56 pages)
Goose Creek Vulnerability Analysis (Full Version - 2.8Meg)
Goose Creek Vulnerability Analysis Summary (Summary Version)
Appendix D - (includes Fact Sheets on what homeowners can do to protct their watersheds, covering Lawn Care Practices/Reducing Over-Fertilization, Integrated Pest Management, Lawn Conversion, Pet Waste Management, Car Washing, Automotive Maintenance, Rain Barrels, Impervious Surface Reduction, and Green Rooftops - 24 pages)

If you have any questions about this study or would like additional information, please contact PEC's at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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