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.


Conserving Water - By Reducing Impervious Surfaces

Conserving Water – By Reducing Impervious Surfaces

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

What will tomorrow bring?

What will tomorrow bring?

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Expectations for the 2020 General Assembly session The General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January. Photo by Philip Pericak This year’s Virginia General Assembly promises to be an interesting one, as the November 2019 elections resulted in a change in leadership in both the House and the ...
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A Fish Runs Through It

A Fish Runs Through It

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Landowner Jimmy Graves and Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jennifer Flynn cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new bridge at Whiteoak Canyon. Pictured, left to right: Celia Vuocolo, Chris Miller, Peter Hujik, Chris Hawk, PEC; Jennifer Flynn, Shenandoah National Park; Landowner Jimmy Graves Jr.; Seth Coffman, Trout Unlimited; ...
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Whiteoak Canyon Trailhead

Whiteoak Canyon Trailhead

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New bridge improves access to one of Shenandoah National Park's most unique trails SYRIA, VA: The new 35-foot span bridge across Cedar Run offers hikers and nature-loving community members improved access to the popular Whiteoak Canyon trailhead outside of Shenandoah National Park and opening up three miles of stream habitat ...
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fill dirt in Loudoun County

A Dirty Secret: How Construction Waste is Making its Way Onto Rural Lands

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This is an 18-acre site near Hamilton that has been scrutinized and documented by the folks at LoudounRuralLandfills.com. They estimated that the owner took 28,000 truckloads and potentially received payment of $11.8 million accepting the dirt and rubble. Learn more about legislation in front of the 2020 Virginia General Assembly ...
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Protecting the Goose Creek Watershed

Protecting the Goose Creek Watershed

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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 (BMPs) and strengthen efforts on land protected by conservation easements in the Goose Creek watershed. “The 385-square-mile Goose Creek watershed in Fauquier and Loudoun ...
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