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Watersheds

Virginia NRCS offers a variety of water resource programs to assist local government sponsors and associated private constituents in protecting, restoring and enhancing local watersheds. Specifically, we help our local partners shield their natural resources from damage caused by floodwaters, erosion, and sediment deposition. We also assist them with conserving and developing their land and water resources before and after major storm events to solve natural resource and related economic problems on a watershed basis.

These programs provide technical and financial assistance to project sponsors and local residents and build partnerships across all relevant federal, state and local agencies, and private citizens and citizen groups. While our water resource projects focus on flood protection and recovery needs, many also provide municipal and industrial water supplies and recreation benefits. A sub-set of these watershed projects addresses natural resource protection to ensure agricultural production for future generations while also safeguarding water quality.

2014 Watershed Rehabilitation Update

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

Virginia received $4.5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to improve infrastructure, stimulate the state's economy and create jobs. NRCS initiated these five Virginia projects to update aging flood control structures, protect and maintain water supplies, improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and restore wetlands:

View summary fact sheet for Virginia ARRA projects from 2009 to 2013 (pdf, 923kb).