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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aerial view of a meandering stream through two fields in a rural landscape during autumn

Re-aligning Land and Nature at the Holden Farm in Loudoun County

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"When you get older, you start thinking about what you’ll leave behind, or what you did to make a difference. One of the ways we feel like our lives could make a difference is by doing something like this. We really love this property and have so much history here, ...
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Rappahannock Headwater Stream Initiative

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The Headwater Stream Initiative is a joint project of The Piedmont Environmental Council and Friends of the Rappahannock. We work together to provide free technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in riparian zones on properties in the headwater counties of the ...
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James River Buffer Program

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Our partners at the James River Association, Virginia Department of Forestry, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation are working with landowners across the middle and upper James watershed to restore or create forest buffers that improve the quality of local waterways. The James River Buffer Program (JRBP) exists to help landowners based ...
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aerial photo of orange county where wilderness crossing is proposed

Wilderness Crossing developer proposes reckless path forward

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This text was taken from an email alert sent out on February 10, 2022. Sign up for email alerts >> Aerial photo of the site where Wilderness Crossing is proposed. Dear Supporter, In January, my colleague Dan Holmes wrote to you about the toxic legacy left by historic gold mining at ...
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a green tree tube with surrounding trees tubes in a field during a planting event

Potomac Planting Program

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The Piedmont Environmental Council provides free technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in riparian zones on properties in the Potomac River watershed in Clarke, Loudoun and Fauquier counties. Sign Up A volunteer at a past tree planting event. Credit: Bri West/PEC ...
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