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

Brook trout. Photo by Chris Anderson.

Teaming Up to Save the “Brookie”

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PEC, Trout Unlimited and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service join forces to help the eastern brook trout Photo by Chris Anderson. Virginia’s state fish, the eastern brook trout, is in trouble. The Commonwealth’s only native trout has seen a sharp decline in population due to a detrimental combination of rising ...
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Helping Hands for Spout Run

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Volunteers keep an eye on the watershed’s “creepy crawlies” to monitor stream health Clarke County’s Spout Run watershed has the potential to provide clean water and support a large variety of wildlife species. Yet, the stream is on the State Impaired Waters List due to nutrient and sediment levels from ...
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‘Fracking’ on Conserved Land?

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VOF Takes a Second Look The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) is an important state public agency that has taken part in conserving land in the Commonwealth since 1966. Today, VOF is the largest easement holder in Virginia, and PEC is proud to have partnered with them over the decades. Over ...
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Spout Run Watershed Gets Some T.L.C.

Spout Run Watershed Gets Some T.L.C.

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Clarke County’s Spout Run watershed is comprised of 14 miles of perennial streams, many of which are spring-fed. So, Spout Run has the potential to provide clean water and support a large variety of wildlife species. Yet, the streams are considered unhealthy due to the levels of nutrients and sediment ...
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Looking Beyond Property Lines to Restore the Thumb Run Watershed

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PEC’s Sustainable Habitat Program Manager, James Barnes, often works with landowners in the Piedmont on a one-on-one basis—helping them find ways (and funding) to improve their properties to restore wildlife habitat and water quality. This conservation work is important, and Barnes has worked with many excited landowners. He’s realized, however, ...
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