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Welcome to Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District

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

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 View the Board of Directors Meetings for 2022 will be held in the Augusta County               Government Center at 10AM. View the schedule of meetings HERE. 

MEETING NOTICE: The Finance Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, July 6th at 9 am at the Augusta County Government Center-Smith Room East

Summer Issue of our E-Newsletter now available!  Click Here

View the Headwaters SWCD 2022 Annual Report HERE

COVID-19 Operations Update (3/16/2022):

 The USDA Service Center has lifted its locked door policy, so visitors are once again permitted into the Service Center Building. The District is operating on a 75% staffing capacity. You may enter the office. 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.


Recognition for Hearthstone Lake Dam and our Dam Management Program              

May 31st, 2022 was declared Dam Safety Awareness Day in Virginia-as 23 representatives from several agencies, and staff from Schnabel Engineering, gathered together at the  Hearthstone Lake Dam. They came together on this hot, sunny day to recognize Governor Glenn Youngkin’s declaration of Dam Safety Awareness Day in Virginia, as part of a national effort to encourage individual and community responsibility for safeguarding dams. To mark this day, officials from the Governor’s Office and the Virginia Department of Conservation held a small proclamation event at Hearthstone Lake Dam highlighting the importance of dam safety in the commonwealth.

HWSWCD Dam Management Technician Michael Jimenez explains the history of the Hearthstone Dam Rehabilitation Project

Hearthstone Lake Dam, here in Augusta County, was chosen for this program because of its recent multi-million dollar rehabilitation, which reduces flood risk to more than 290 homes and businesses downstream. It’s one of 11 SWCD flood control dams, as well as 5 additional dams of partner agencies, that Headwaters SWCD staff maintain, inspect and makes repairs to.

Built in 1963, Hearthstone is one of three flood control dams built in the headwaters of the North River. The other two are Todd Lake and Elkhorn Lake. The Headwaters SWCD assumed responsibility for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of Todd Lake and Hearthstone Lake in 1993.

Michael Jimenez, the Dam Management Technician for Headwaters SWCD, coordinates the maintenance, annual inspections and any necessary repairs for all 16 dams.



Underground Classroom Tours are back!

The Underground Classroom and Soils Education is back! We’re now accepting new reservations to bring this fun, walk-through exhibit to you! For more information on how to make a reservation, click on the Underground Classroom button on our Education page. 



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