Welcome to Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District


Land must be nurtured; not plundered and wasted — H. H. Bennett

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We are hiring! Check out the all available openings under Personnel/Job Listings! 

Advertisement for Bids Mid-Level Gate Installation # 26 Inch Branch

The Headwaters SWCD is requesting bids for the Mid-Level Gate Installation on South River Dam #26.  Bids for the construction of the project will be received at the Headwaters SWCD office located at 70 Dick Huff Ln, Verona, VA 24482 until Friday, July 17, 2020 at 1:00pm local time.  At that time the bids received will be publicly open and read. See below for the full advertisement and instructions for bidders.

RFP- Mid-level Gate Installation #26 Inch Branch

Notice: June 1st 2020 Ag & Cost-Share Committee Meeting @ 10:00 AM via Zoom

The Ag & Cost-Share Committee of the Headwaters SWCD will be meeting Monday June 1st @ 10:00 AM.  The meeting will be held electronically due to the State-of-Emergency and COVID-19 Social Distancing restrictions.  The ZOOM video conferencing platform will be used. The meeting is open to the public and will be recorded for those wishing to view the meeting at a later date.  Please contact Aaron Lucas; Conservation Technician for a invitation/link to the meeting at (540)-248-0148 or alucas@co.augusta.va.us.  Meeting documents are also available upon request.  If you have any questions and/or comments to share with the committee please contact the district office. 

Notice: May 19th 2020 10:00 AM Board of Directors Meeting being held via Zoom

The May 19th Board of Directors Meeting will be an electronically held meeting due to the State-of-Emergency and COVID-19 Social Distancing restrictions. The meeting will be held on Tuesday May 19th, 2020 at 10:00 AM via the ZOOM video conferencing platform.  The meeting is open to the public and will be recorded for those wishing to view the meeting at a later date. Please see below for an invitation for the meeting, as well as the meeting agenda and minutes from the April 14th Special Called Meeting.

Please contact our Education Specialist; Rachel Winter at (540)-248-0148 or rwinter@co.augusta.va.us for a invitation/link to the meeting. Documents are also available upon request. If you have any questions and/or comments and concerns to share with the Board please contact the district office at 540-248-0148

May 19th Meeting Agenda

April 14th Minutes


Underground Classroom Virtual Tour

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we unfortunately had to cancel or postpone all of our education events this spring. We didn’t want that to stop us from bringing soils education to you! Please enjoy a virtual tour of our Underground Classroom. For more information on our conservation education programs please visit our Education pages.

Special Called Board of Directors Meeting:

There will be a special called meeting of the Headwaters SWCD Board of Directors on Tuesday April 14th at 9:30 am. The meeting will occur in the parking lot of the Headwaters District office to allow for proper social distancing.  If you have any questions regarding this meeting please contact the district office at 540-248-0148. To adhere to the 10 person gathering limit, the public may call 540-280-4198 during the meeting hour

April 14th Meeting Agenda

COVID-19 Operations Update (3/20/2020):

Beginning Monday, March 23, The Headwaters SWCD office/USDA service center will be instituting locked door policies, with no public access to the office. It is of the utmost importance that we all do our part to limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19.

There will be limited staff in the office to receive calls and check voicemails. Business will continue to still be conducted over the phone and via email. Field visits for projects currently in progress can be scheduled via appointment ONLY. Please note that this is the current plan for operations and these may change at any time. Please call the district office if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.


CANCELED 3/17 Board of Directors Meeting & Education Committee Meeting

With the Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency and the public health concern affiliated with COVID-19, our monthly Board of Directors meeting and the education committee meeting scheduled for today (March 17th) have been canceled. Our office currently is to remain open for business that cannot be conducted over the phone. Please contact the district office if you have any questions regarding district operations during this time. Stay safe and healthy!

Congratulations to Our 2019 Clean Water Farm Award Winners!

Shenandoah Basin: Deer Creek Farm – Hilda and Roger (not pictured) Craig






James Basin: Scott Hollow Farm – Taylor and Lois Cole






Board of Directors Meetings

The 2020 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule is available. All meetings are held at 10:00 AM at the Augusta County Government Center, Verona and are open to the public. 2020 Public Meeting Notice

Click HERE to view the Headwaters 2019 Annual Report

New Cost Share Practices Available!!

Our 2020 Program Year starts July 1, 2019! New Cost Share practices are now available.  Multiple payment rate changes have been made to existing practices.  Click on the link below for a summary of all program changes.  Detailed information on the program changes will be provided at the Roll-Out Meeting on July 17, 2019.

2020 Program Changes

Hearthstone Rehab

Check out the drone footage below of the construction happening at Hearthstone.

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