Improving land, habitat, and water quality

Home to family farms and lively communities, our region's rural lands are an important part of our cultural heritage. Protecting and improving river friendly lands in the headwaters is an essential part of restoring the Potomac River.

As the region's leading clean water nonprofit, Potomac Conservancy serves as a resource to area landowners looking for information on how to implement conservation practices, also known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), on their properties, helping to ensure our well-managed family-owned farms are both productive and river-friendly.

Some examples of Best Management Practices include:

  • Planting trees and shrubs along streams
  • Installing rain gardens to catch and filter runoff from rooftops and roadways
  • Fencing livestock out of streams and waterways
  • Establishing pollinator and/or wildlife habitat
  • Combating invasive species
  • Managing forests with a Forest Management Plan
  • Managing agricultural land with a Soil Conservation Plan
Potomac Conservancy stream restoration project in Frederick, MD.

Potomac Conservancy stream restoration project in Frederick, MD.

A vegetated riparian buffer zone established on a conservation easement in West Virginia.

A vegetated riparian buffer zone established on a conservation easement in West Virginia.

If you're interested in enhancing your land for agriculture, forestry, wildlife habitat, or water quality, there may be a program to help cover your costs for establishing certain conservation practices. Learn more about BMPs and cost-share programs in your state:

Virginia

West Virginia


Do you have additional questions? Our Land Protection Team is ready to help you!

Contact Emily Warner at 540-667-3606 or warner@potomac.org.