Water conservation experts encourage residents to protect Chesapeake watershed


The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District is encouraging residents to help protect the Shenandoah River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. 

About 300,000 people live within the Shenandoah watershed and roughly 18 million people surround the Chesapeake Bay. After all the rain we had in 2018, conservation experts say polluted runoff has become a major problem for our waterways. They offer a few tips on how to maintain them. 

“Not mowing as often, that’s a simple one. Implementing a rain barrel system whether it’s just one barrel for your garden or house plants, that takes away a lot of roof runoff. Then planting any type of native plants,” said Allyson Ponn of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District.

Contact your local soil and water conservation district to learn about their conservation assistance program which offers financial incentives to property owners. 

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