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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Wilderness Crossing is Back

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The following text was sent out via email on September 16, 2022. Sign up for PEC email alerts → Aerial photo of the site where Wilderness Crossing is proposed. Dear Supporter,  It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me about Wilderness Crossing, the massive 2,600-acre development proposed for the intersection ...
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What’s at Risk from Climate Change Locally – An Albemarle StoryMap

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We are already feeling the effects of climate change in Albemarle County and the local impacts are expected to intensify in the coming years. View this online StoryMap to take a closer look at the findings of the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Albemarle County released in 2022. For ...
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Fall 2022 Tree Planting Opportunities

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All slots filled! Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest! A volunteer plants a tree on a property in Culpeper during the spring. Photo by Hugh Kenny/PEC We are so excited to announce our volunteer tree plantings for the fall! Planting native trees and shrubs along streams, rivers, and ...
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Albemarle Climate Action Videos

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“People notice that the weather is changing, and I think it’s our job as professionals and as community members to really sound the alarm—that it’s not just the weather, it’s the climate that’s changing.” - Dr. Irène Mathieu, UVA Health pediatrician We can’t avoid climate change in Albemarle County. It’s ...
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Earth Day Tree Planting at the Volgenau Property

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Last week, with the help of 56 volunteers, we planted 550 trees along the banks of Thumb Run on the Volgenau property in Fauquier County. These trees will help improve water quality in the stream, a tributary of the Rappahannock River, by absorbing and filtering stormwater, preventing erosion, and providing ...
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