Clean Water

From the headwater streams of Shenandoah to the Chesapeake Bay, water flows through all of our land. To keep it plentiful and safe for drinking and recreating, we need clean air, expansive forests, responsible farms and sensible development.


Impoving Water Quality - Through Good Land Management

Impoving Water Quality – Through Good Land Management

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 Eliminating Barriers

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

Measuring Success – Through Stream Monitoring

Monitoring water quality, biological populations, and physical features of stream habitat are all vital to understanding stream health.
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Man paddles a canoe on the Rappahannock River

Video: Expanding Access to the Rappahannock River

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✅ This is an amazing story of progress! The Rappahannock River is one of the natural jewels of our region, flowing from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bay. But for years, public access to the river was extremely limited in PEC’s region (the only public entry point was at ...
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Volunteers Plant Close to 300 Trees in Berryville

Volunteers Plant Close to 300 Trees in Berryville

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On November 12, 2022, 33 volunteers joined PEC staff at Clermont Farm in Berryville, VA, to plant 287 native seeds and shrubs seedlings! The species included black gum, buttonbush, chinkapin oak, elderberry, flowering dogwood, indigobush, pawpaw, persimmon, pin oak, red maple, serviceberry, gray dogwood, swamp white oak, and sycamore. Photo ...
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Hundreds of Trees Planted at Lane Property

Hundreds of Trees Planted at Lane Property

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On November 9, 2022, 23 volunteers, including students from Belle Meade Montessori School, joined PEC staff at the Lane Property in Sperryville, VA, for a fall tree planting. Volunteers from the afternoon shift. Photo by Michaela Weglinski An impressive 213 seedlings of a wide variety of native trees shrubs got ...
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Planting Trees at Long Branch

Planting Trees at Long Branch

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On October 31, 2022, 23 volunteers joined PEC staff at Long Branch Historic House and Farm in Boyce, VA, to plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs. The 283 saplings include a variety of species: buttonbush, pin oak, sycamore, river birch, swamp white oak, silky dogwood, persimmon, pawpaw, chinquapin, elderberry, ...
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Bonny Brook Tree Planting

Bonny Brook Tree Planting

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Volunteers at Bonny Brook Farm on October 13. Photo by Bri West/PEC On October 13, 2022, four volunteers joined PEC staff at Bonny Brook Farm in Fauquier County to plant 55 native trees and shrubs along a riparian stream, including willow oak, shumard oak, pin oak, swamp chestnut oak, gray ...
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