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Watershed Operations

The purpose of the various water resource programs in Virginia is to assist local government sponsors, and associated private constituents, to protect, restore and enhance local watersheds.  Specifically, we assist our local partners in protecting their natural resources from damage caused by floodwaters, erosion and sediment deposition.  We also help them to conserve and develop their land and water resources before and after major storm events occur in order to solve natural resource and related economic problems on a watershed basis.  The various watershed programs provide technical and financial assistance to project sponsors and local residents.  The programs build partnerships across all relevant federal, state and local agencies, and private citizens and citizen groups. 

Our water resource projects serve not only flood protection and recovery needs, but many also provide municipal and industrial water supplies and provide recreation benefits.  A sub-set of our watershed projects serve to protect our natural resources specifically to assure agricultural production for future generations while also protecting water quality.

The following PL-534 and PL-566 watershed projects are still classified as being in “Operations” even though they have been inactive for many years:

  • Lower North River Watershed in Augusta and Rockingham Counties (PL-534)

  • South Branch Potomac River Watershed in Highland County., VA and Pendleton and Grant Counties., WV (PL-534)

  • South River Watershed in Augusta County (PL-534)

  • Buena Vista Watershed in Rockbridge County (PL-566)

  • Cedar Run Watershed in Fauquier County (PL-566)

  • Lick Creek Watershed in Dickenson, Russell and Wise Counties (PL-566)

  • North Fork Powell River Watershed in Lee County (PL-566)

  • Stewarts Creek – Lovills Creek Watershed in Carroll County, VA and Surry County, NC (PL-566)

  • Watkins Branch Watershed in Buchanan County, VA (PL-566)

The 2017 Virginia Water Resources Progress Report provides information on the status of various NRCS water resources programs in Virginia.  A link to the report is provided below.

2017 Virginia Water Resources Progress Report (pdf, 8 mb)

Visit the National Watershed Operations Website