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Soil and water conservation programs in general


photo of water dropVirginia's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) coordinates and directs programs and services to prevent degradation of the commonwealth's water quality and quantity. Most DCR soil and water conservation efforts are devoted to controlling nonpoint source pollution.

Nonpoint source pollution is water pollution caused by runoff that is not from a single point, such as a wastewater treatment plant or industrial discharge pipe. Because NPS pollution is so diverse, approaches to addressing the sources must also be diverse. It requires numerous programs and involves a number of state, local and federal agencies, and the private sector.

Statewide nonpoint source pollution control programs and services support both individual natural resource stewardship and assist local governments with resource management. These statewide programs are funded through state agency budgets and through non-general fund revenues raised by programs such as sale of Chesapeake Bay license plates. Technical assistance, financial assistance, education and research efforts are enhanced by funds available from the federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Section 319 of the Clean Water Act) and the Chesapeake Bay Program. These activities are targeted using a statewide system of 6th order watersheds analyzed for their potential for NPS pollution.

In addition, department staff administers nonpoint source pollution control programs required by state law. They include nutrient management, agricultural best management practices, floodplain management, dam safety, and the administrative, technical and financial support of soil and water conservation districts.

Services are delivered to local governments, special interest groups and citizens by staff members located in seven regional offices. Staff in Richmond serves as a resource for field staff. This arrangement ensures that technical expertise is consistent and near the client.

Regional Offices

This map shows DCR's regional soil and water conservation offices.

East area: Manger Wayne Davis, 804-443-6752

  • Richmond: 600 E. Main St., 24th Floor, Richmond, VA  23219; phone 804-887-8914, fax 804-371-2630. Here's a Google map.
  • Suffolk: 1548 Holland Road, Suite 200, Suffolk, VA 23434; phone 757-925-2468, fax 757-925-2388. Here's a Google map.
  • Tappahannock: Mailing address, P. O. Box 1425, Tappahannock, VA 22560. Physical address, 772 Richmond Beach Rd., No. 6, Tappahannock, VA 22560. Phone 804-443-6752, fax 804-443-4534. Here's a Google map.
  • Warrenton: 98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 33, Warrenton, VA 20186-2849; phone 540-347-6420, fax 540-347-6423. Here's a Google map.

West area: Manager Jim Echols, 540-332-9991

  • Abingdon: 355 Deadmore Street, Abingdon, VA 24210; phone 276-676-5562, fax 276-676-5527. Here's a Google map.
  • Christiansburg: 8 Radford St., Suite 102A, Christiansburg, VA 24073; phone 540-394-2585, fax 540-394-2588. Here's a Google map.
  • Staunton: Mailing address, P.O. Box 1, Verona, VA 24482. Physical address, 84 Laurel Hill Rd., Verona, VA 24482; phone 540-332-9991, fax 540-248-3069. Here's a Google map.

DCR Soil and Water Conservtion Regional Offices, by Locality

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Locality Regional Office Phone No.
Accomack County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Albemarle County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Alexandria Warrenton 540-347-6420
Allegheny County Staunton 540-332-9991
Amelia County Richmond 804-887-8914
Amherst County Staunton 540-332-9991
Appomattox County Staunton 540-332-9991
Arlington Warrenton 540-347-6420
Augusta County Staunton 540-332-9991
Ashland Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Bath County Staunton 540-332-9991
Bedford County Staunton 540-332-9991
Bedford Staunton 540-332-9991
Bland County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Berryville Warrenton 540-347-6420
Bluefield Abingdon 276-676-5562
Botetourt County Staunton 540-332-9991
Bristol Abingdon 276-676-5562
Brunswick County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Buchanan County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Buckingham County Richmond 804-887-8914
Buena Vista Staunton 540-332-9991
Campbell County Staunton 540-332-9991
Caroline County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Carroll County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Charles City County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Charlotte County Richmond 804-887-8914
Charlottesville Warrenton 540-347-6420
Chesapeake Suffolk 757-925-2468
Chesterfield County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Clark County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Clifton Forge Staunton 540-332-9991
Colonial Heights Suffolk 757-925-2468
Covington Staunton 540-332-9991
Craig County Staunton 540-332-9991
Culpeper County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Culpeper Warrenton 540-347-6420
Cumberland County Richmond 804-887-8914
Danville Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Dickenson County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Dinwiddie County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Emporia Suffolk 757-925-2468
Essex County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Fairfax County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Fairfax Warrenton 540-347-6420
Falls Church Warrenton 540-347-6420
Farmville Richmond
Fauquier County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Floyd County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Fluvanna County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Franklin County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Frederick County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Fredericksburg Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Galax Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Giles County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Gloucester County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Goochland County Richmond 804-887-8914
Grayson County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Greene County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Greensville County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Halifax County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Hampton Suffolk 757-925-2468
Hanover County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Harrisonburg Staunton 540-332-9991
Henrico County Richmond 804-887-8914
Henry County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Highland County Staunton 540-332-9991
Hillsville Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Hopewell Suffolk 757-925-2468
Isle of Wight County Suffolk 757-925-2468
James City County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
King & Queen County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
King George County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
King William County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Lancaster County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Lee County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Lexington Staunton 540-332-9991
Loudoun County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Louisa County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Lunenburg County Richmond 804-887-8914
Lynchburg Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Madison County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Manassas Park Warrenton 540-347-6420
Manassas Warrenton 540-347-6420
Martinsville Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Mathews County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Mecklenburg County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Middlesex County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Montgomery County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Nelson County Warrenton 540-347-6420
New Kent County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Newport News Suffolk 757-925-2468
Norfolk Suffolk 757-925-2468
Northampton County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Northumberland County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Norton Abingdon 276-676-5562
Nottoway County Richmond 804-887-8914
Orange County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Page County Staunton 540-332-9991
Patrick County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Petersburg Suffolk 757-925-2468
Pittsylvania County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Poquoson Suffolk 757-925-2468
Portsmouth Suffolk 757-925-2468
Powhatan County Richmond 804-887-8914
Prince Edward County Richmond 804-887-8914
Prince George County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Prince William County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Pulaski County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Radford Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Rappahannock County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Richmond County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Richmond Richmond 804-887-8914
Roanoke County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Roanoke Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Rockbridge County Staunton 540-332-9991
Rockingham County Staunton 540-332-9991
Russell County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Rocky Mount Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Salem Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Scott County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Scottsville Warrenton 540-347-6420
Shenandoah County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Smyth County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Southampton County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Spotsylvania County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Stafford County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Staunton Staunton 540-332-9991
Stephens City Warrenton 540-347-6420
Suffolk Suffolk 757-925-2468
Surry County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Sussex County Suffolk 757-925-2468
Tazewell County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Virginia Beach Suffolk 757-925-2468
Warren County Warrenton 540-347-6420
Washington County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Waynesboro Staunton 540-332-9991
Westmoreland County Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Williamsburg Tappahannock 804-443-6752
Winchester Warrenton 540-347-6420
Wise County Abingdon 276-676-5562
Wythe County Christiansburg 540-394-2585
Wytheville Christiansburg 540-394-2585
York County Tappahannock 804-443-6752


DCR's soil and water conservation programs are grouped by function. The major areas are nonpoint source pollution control, principally through nutrient management and agricultural best management practices, and district and landowner assistance. This map delineates nutrient management service areas. In addition to NPS control, soil and water conservation staff supports DCR's mission of reducing the risk to life and property from flooding and shoreline erosion. The staff works to support local efforts to protect citizens from flood hazards, and the agency manages programs to prevent pollution and loss of property caused by shoreline erosion.

In addition, DCR engineers help soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) with dam certification. Twelve SWCDs own 103 dams. These dams were originally built for flood control by the United States Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service, which is now the Natural Resources Conservation Service. When Dam Safety Regulations came into effect, it became necessary for districts to hire an engineer to inspect and certify the dams. DCR provides that engineer. The same engineer serves as contract officer when these structures need modification.

Over the past several years, staff has assisted with the establishment and support of community-based committees in watersheds having water quality problems from nonpoint pollution sources. The size of each watershed varies, given the interests and issues addressed by the groups, but frequently the committees follow the small 6th order hydrologic unit boundaries delineated by DCR in cooperation with other state and federal agencies.

Watershed committees are comprised of citizens, government and private sector representatives from various interest groups. The primary mission of most committees is to identify the causes of NPS pollution and effect lasting change with solutions members of the community will accept and implement.

The establishment and long-term continuation of watershed committees is dynamic. Some groups have had the same members for several years. Others are formed to address specific water quality problems and, once resolved, look to other groups such as SWCDs to monitor progress and prevent future problems.

For further information regarding local watershed committees, please contact your local soil and water conservation district.