Bergton Watershed Restoration
Our project in Bergton, VA is a partnership with Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to conduct a watershed assessment and restoration plans on 17 miles of streams and rivers to restore critical wood turtle and trout habitat, and to improve water quality through the reduction of in-stream erosion and agricultural runoff. The Bergton area is the headwaters of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. This project has been a wonderful experience through working with local landowners and students to ensure that this predominately agrarian community’s resources will be preserved and improved for future generations.
- Effective nutrient & sediment reduction strategy for watershed
- Public engagement and participation in conservation
- Reduction in nutrients and sediment
- Improved habitat for macroinvertebrates and native fish populations
- Development of strategies to reduce local flooding’s impact to local residences