Looking at ways to improve water quality in the Shenandoah Valley watershed.
That is one of the goals of the Shenandoah Valley Watershed Roundtable, a two-day conference held May 30 and 31 at James Madison University.
The conference held work groups in four areas: water quality, water quantity, water information management, and watershed land restoration and protection.
Tamara Keeler of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation says, "some of the biggest problems in the Shenandoah (River Basin) would be nutrients and sediment, and that comes from both urban and agricultural sources, everything from construction sites to home lawns to farm fields."
Heather Richards of the Potomac Conservancy says, "one of the most important things we can do to improve water quality in the Valley is to encourage the protection and restoration of streamside buffers, essentially trees along streams that remove pollutants from the water before it actually hits the stream."
Richards also says local governments need to be encouraged to adopt stormwater management so that stormwater runs through plant life to remove pollutants before they enter the stream.
For more information, log on to www.purewaterforum.org.