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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Measuring Success - Through Stream Monitoring

Measuring Success – Through Stream Monitoring

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Monitoring stream health involves measuring and recording long-term trends in stream conditions to measure success in conserving the Piedmont’s natural aquatic habitats and waterways. Since these streams eventually flow into larger waterways such as the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, the protection of headwater streams is important for water quality ...
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Restoring Connections – By Eliminating Barriers

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Trout stream restoration project on the Robinson River. Photo by Bri West The job of our rivers naturally is to move 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 ...
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Impoving Water Quality - Through Good Land Management

Impoving Water Quality – Through Good Land Management

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Rural economies thrive when farmers practice rotational grazing and promote water quality for their animal and land’s health. Local infrastructure is sustained as good investments when communities choose green infrastructure, and roads are built to minimally impact the health of streams and forests. Communities are connected by the scenic and ...
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Conserving Water - By Reducing Impervious Surfaces

Conserving Water – By Reducing Impervious Surfaces

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Rivanna Reservoir. Photo by Patricia Temples Locally, what we do in our backyards matters to downstream users. Activities on land can increase the amount of pollution that enters waterways, from car oils and fuels, to fertilizers and animal waste. All pollution moves with water and sediment and rates of pollution can ...
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Protecting Thumb Run

Protecting Thumb Run

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What’s good for wildlife is often good for water quality,” said Celia Vuocolo, PEC’s wildlife habitat and stewardship specialist, as she spoke to guests at the fifth Annual Thumb Run Open House. This sentiment was reinforced at the event, held on November 13 at the Orlean Fire Hall, by speakers ...
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