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Soil and Water Conservation Programs

Introduction

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) coordinates and directs programs and services to prevent degradation of the commonwealth's water quality caused by 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 federal grants. The funds, which support technical assistance, financial assistance, education and research, include funds 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.

DCR's soil and water conservation staff administers nonpoint source pollution control programs required by state law. They include nutrient management, agricultural best management practices, resource management planning, shoreline erosion advice, and the administrative, technical and financial support of Virginia's 47 soil and water conservation districts.

The staff also administers the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) dam safety program through which 12 districts are helped with the upkeep of 104 dams. The dams were originally built by the U.S.D.A. for flood control. DCR staff also helps support local efforts to protect citizens from flood hazards. A DCR engineer helps SWCDs with dam certification and serves as contract officer when structures need modification.

Staff members in the central office and seven regional offices deliver services through local governments and nonprofit groups, businesses and citizens. DCR staff in Richmond also serves as a resource for field staff.

Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board (VSWCB)

The General Assembly established the VSWCB, which is supported by DCR staff, to guide the delivery of soil and water conservation services to citizens of the commonwealth.

Regional Offices

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

East area: Manager 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, 184 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
804-887-8914
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