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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Riparian Buffers - The Very Best Protection

Riparian Buffers – The Very Best Protection

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Riparian buffers are the single most effective means of protecting water resources. Streams guarded by a healthy forested riparian buffer run far cleaner and cooler and are more stable than a stream without any kind of buffer. Riparian Buffers - The Very Best Protection By Joe Coleman Vol 12 Habitat ...
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Goose Creek Watershed Study

Goose Creek Watershed Study

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In early 2002, the Center for Watershed Protection, Goose Creek Association and the Piedmont Environmental Council embarked on a three-phase project to study the Goose Creek Watershed. The three parts of the study included a watershed vulnerability analysis to identify the most vulnerable subwatersheds in the Goose Creek watershed; intensive ...
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Water Quality and Land Use

Water Quality and Land Use

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Streams and rivers are likely to be healthy when at least 91% of the ground in their watershed remains permeable, allowing soil and plants to filter precipitation. Land Use and Water Quality The Effect of Land Use on Water Quality A Changing Landscape The Effect of Agriculture on Water Quality ...
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"Poisoned Waters" Documentary on FRONTLINE

“Poisoned Waters” Documentary on FRONTLINE

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FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith takes an in-depth look at Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay, and examines the growing number of hazards to human health and our nation's waterways. Both PEC and partner group, the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG), were interviewed for the piece. We stressed that poor land ...
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Limestone Geology and Sinkholes

Limestone Geology and Sinkholes

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Limestone geology, also known as Karst, is quite prevalent in the eastern United States. Limestone often dissolves in water, creating voids where groundwater flows like an underground river --gnawing away rock over the eons. The natural wearing away of limestone over the millenia creates fantastic caves, unique ecosystems and touristic ...
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