Farm Programs Helping to Save the Bay

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shared some encouraging news last week:  Its most recent analysis of conservation programs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed show that new farming practices are reducing sediment and nutrient loading into waterways.  Federal programs promoted through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as well as state, local and private […]

Summer’s End

  Garden fresh tomatoes and crisp cucumbers. A cool swimming hole and a paddle down the river. A quiet evening fishing and a campsite by the creek. What did you enjoy this summer? Whatever it was, chances are it depended on clean water. We often take clean water for granted these days, but not so […]

Don’t Miss These Great Speakers on Riparian Conservation and Restoration, June 22

  Riparian Conservation and Restoration Workshop Join us on Saturday June 22nd at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for lectures on watershed management, on-the-ground conservation programs, and benefits of riparian restorations to our local wildlife followed by a panel discussion and farm tour in the afternoon. Registration is limited. […]

Briar Woods School River Quest

Briar Woods Field School Experience Around 40 Briar Woods students joined teacher Patricia Blackwell and naturalists and river guides from River & Trail Outfitters for River Quest 2012, on the beautiful Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry, WV. “Who can figure out where we are?” asks river guide John DeMary of the students surrounding him.  He […]

Clarke County Easement Authority Receives Governor’s Gold Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11, 2012 Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Bob McDonnell Governor McDonnell Announces Environmental Excellence Award Winners RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the winners of the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, which will be presented at the Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington. The awards recognize the significant contributions of […]

Speaking Up for the Piedmont

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) was founded in 1972 to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. Headquartered in Warrenton, VA, we have offices throughout a nine county Piedmont region that includes Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. This latest video from The Downstream […]