Welcome to the local water quality and conservation map of the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro area, produced by the Valley Conservation Council!
Click on the map to learn more about…
- Who has done noteworthy rain gardens or innovative low impact development (LID) projects in your neighborhood to protect water quality.
- Who has won awards for their historic reuse or exemplary conservation design.
- Where the protected lands, conservation easements, and agricultural districts are in your area.
- And much more!
How it works…
- Point and click at the center of where you want to zoom, then press the zoom button in the upper left corner of the screen to zoom in or out.
- Zoomed too far out? Use the inset map in the bottom left corner of the screen to control the location of the map.
- Click on a flag (point) on the map for more information. If the pop-up box is obscured by your screen, use the mouse to pan the map to get a better view. Hint: If you have trouble closing a popup window, try clicking on another map point to replace it.”
- Click on a picture to see a larger version for greater detail.
- Choose which layers to display by pressing the layer button in the upper right corner of the screen. Click the box next to each layer to turn it on or off.
Check out all the Map Layers
- All 56 featured points are listed here
- Streams layer shows most local streams and names the larger ones. To explore streams in more depth go to USGS’s Streamer interactive web map.
- Conservation and Recreation Projects protect natural features and can be undertaken by property owners and local governments in both rural and urban areas. Projects vary widely and include stream buffers, spring protection, stream restoration, habitat improvements, natural stream channel design, and recreation projects that include elements of conservation and education.
- Development Projects with Water Quality Elements minimize water pollution by using “low impact development” (LID) strategies and “environmental site design.” Allowing rainwater to be absorbed and filtered on site keeps runoff from sweeping pollutants into nearby streams. Model examples include rain gardens (bioretention basins), constructed wetlands, pervious pavers, Filterras or other engineered units, and reductions in impervious area. New state stormwater standards will further encourage the use of LID.
- Better Models for Development Awards are given by VCC to recognize outstanding development projects that add to quality of life and are good for the environment and the community. Find out more about “better development” principles and helping communities grow in ways that are compatible with the Valley’s unsurpassed natural and cultural heritage.
- Conservation Easements are a voluntary tool in which a property owner permanently restricts specific uses that would harm identified natural, scenic, or historic features. Typically the owner gives away some of the rights to develop the property. The easement holder commits to seeing that these wishes are upheld by future owners of the land. Find out more about voluntary land conservation.
- Agricultural and Forestal Districts are areas reserved for the production of agricultural, forestal, or horticultural products or the maintenance of open space. A district constitutes a voluntary agreement between landowners and the local government that no new, non-agricultural uses will take place in the district for a given term. Both Augusta County and the City of Staunton have ag districts. Find out more about voluntary land conservation.
- Middlebrook-Brownsburg Corridor Focus Area. VCC’s recognition of this special place —starting with a 1997 publication showcasing its history, natural assets, agricultural productivity, and scenic beauty — continues to spark local pride and result in voluntary conservation. The number of conserved acres increased nearly tenfold, from 1,776 acres in 1997 to 16,947 in 2007, and is still growing. VCC successfully nominated it in 2010 to be a special project area for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.
Contact the Valley Conservation Council, (540) 886-3541, for more information, including contacts and photo sources for highlighted projects. Copyright © Valley Conservation Council, 2014.