Clean Water

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.


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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Water Quality and Land Use

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Streams and rivers are likely to be healthy when at least 91% of the ground in their watershed remains permeable, allowing soil and plants to filter precipitation. Land Use and Water QualityThe Effect of Land Use on Water QualityA Changing LandscapeThe Effect of Agriculture on Water QualityAir Quality's Effect on ...
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“Poisoned Waters” Documentary on FRONTLINE

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FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith takes an in-depth look at Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay, and examines the growing number of hazards to human health and our nation's waterways. Both PEC and partner group, the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG), were interviewed for the piece. We stressed that poor land ...
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Limestone Geology and Sinkholes

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Limestone geology, also known as Karst, is quite prevalent in the eastern United States. Limestone often dissolves in water, creating voids where groundwater flows like an underground river --gnawing away rock over the eons. The natural wearing away of limestone over the millenia creates fantastic caves, unique ecosystems and touristic ...
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Protecting the Cedar Run Watershed

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When Mike and Margrete Stevens first came to Fauquier County eighteen years ago, as the new owners of Bonny Brook Farm, near Warrenton, they made friends with their neighbors Julian and Sue Scheer and Hilary and Rich Gerhardt (the Scheers' daughter and son-in-law). This friendship with a family of dedicated ...
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Building Fences for Cleaner Streams

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Farmers are using a unique incentive program coordinated by PEC to substantially expand water quality protections in our region. The program helps cover their costs for fencing livestock out of streams. It started in Rappahannock, where the Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation (one of nine conservation funds affiliated with ...
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