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

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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A Legacy of Love

A Legacy of Love

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Brothers Joe Goodall (far left) and Paul Goodall (far right) check on native trees that were planted on their family’s property in Madison County as part of the Headwaters Stream Initiative, along with Bryan Hofmann from Friends of the Rappahannock. Photo by Paula Combs. Distracted by an iconic red barn ...
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Free Flow

Free Flow

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Restoring Rivers & Connecting Habitat Rivers naturally flow from the mountains to the sea. Dams and other barriers like culverts can disrupt natural stream flow, disconnect fish and wildlife habitat and impair water quality. Removing unnatural barriers and disruptions is particularly important for conserving our waterways. “I have seen hundreds ...
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