What is a watershed?
The watershed is every piece of land is part through which water flows toward a central water body. In our case, creeks and streams from this part of the Shenandoah Valley move water into the South River. No matter your proximity to the South River, the level of care for the land and water in each community affects the downstream neighbors. That’s how a watershed connects us together — through the land and water.
Why are watersheds important?
Watersheds affect the quality of life of our communities and our environment overall. A healthy watershed supports a strong ecosystem, which benefits us now and for years to come. Supporting ecological conservation and watershed-conscious practices is a joint responsibility and will help ensure healthy and vibrant communities along the South River.
How can I get involved in the South River Watershed Coalition?
Coalition partners are made up of government, academia, nonprofit and corporate members. The Coalition supports local community events to provide information and educational activities; conducts presentations at schools, businesses, or organizations in and around Waynesboro; and provides resources to the community through this website, videos, our newsletter and other materials. To request more information about getting involved or to request a presentation at your next event, Contact Us here.
What are ways I can help keep the South River watershed healthy?
We can all do our part to keep a healthy watershed! Here are a few simple things you can do to make a positive impact on our watershed –
- Don’t litter. Keeping our streets, sidewalks and storm drains free from trash helps to make sure these items don’t end up in our river and streams.
- Pick it up! Pick up your pet’s waste. Pick up trash and participate in community clean-up days.
- Be water conscious. Conserve water by installing water-saving toilets, shower heads, and faucets. Replace leaking faucets or pipes. Water your lawn and garden less, and consider installing a rain garden or rain barrels.
- Dispose properly. Avoid pouring fats, grease, household or yard chemicals, medications, or petroleum products down your sink or storm drains.
What are some of the things to do on the South River?
There is a wide variety of things to do on the South River, from fishing to swimming, hiking, and picnicking. See our Recreation page.
Can I eat trout from the South River?
Yes. These trout were raised in a trout hatchery and are safe to eat.
Can I cook the fish to lower mercury levels?
No. Mercury will stay in the fish no matter how it is cooked.
Should I just stop eating fish?
No! Fish are one of the healthiest sources of protein because they are low in saturated fat, the type of fat associated with clogged arteries and heart disease. Just be sure to know and follow the advisory in the fishing area.
Where can I learn more?
Call the Virginia Department of Health at (540) 332-7830 or click here.