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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Conservation Easement Stories: Dr. Sam Ahdoot

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Dr. Sam Ahdoot placed her land in Rappahannock County under a conservation easement with The Piedmont Environmental Council in 2019. The easement was designed to provide many public benefits, including protecting clean water, restoring native plant and wildlife habitat, and preserving the scenic views from Shenandoah National Park and F.T ...
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a map that show the Wilderness Crossing site in red, with at least seven former mine sites denote with pick axe symbols

Shocking news about historic gold mining contamination

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This text was taken from an email alert sent out on January 6, 2022. Sign up for email alerts >> There are a number of abandoned mines on the proposed site for Wilderness Crossing in Orange County. Photo by Hugh Kenny/PEC As you’ve probably heard, last summer a developer brought ...
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Wilderness Crossing: New Residential Development or Potential Superfund Site?

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The proposed site for Wilderness Crossing in Orange County. Photo by Hugh Kenny/PEC Virginia’s gold-mining history is well-documented. In Orange County, this history is an issue that PEC has been raising for more than 15 years, as it relates to development proposals on the Route 3 corridor (e.g. Walmart and ...
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Working Together for Clean Water and the Brook Trout

Working Together for Clean Water and the Brook Trout

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Lovingly called “brookies,” eastern brook trout spend their lives in the freshwater streams of Appalachia. Brook trout can only survive in cold, clean water, so their presence or absence in streams is a sign of ecosystem health, making them an important “indicator species.” Unfortunately, brookies are more often absent than ...
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The Land Along Life-Giving Water

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The confluence of Goose Creek with the Potomac River near Leesburg. Photo by Hugh Kenny Everyone knows that water is an essential element of life. But not just any water—it’s clean water that we can’t live without. Within The Piedmont Environmental Council’s nine-county region, thousands of creeks, streams, rivers, and ...
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