The Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was formed under the authority of Title 21, Code of Virginia, passed by the General Assembly in 1938. The district, established in 1975 is a governmental subdivision of the state encompassing all the land within the boundary lines of Augusta County, including the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.
The district has a board of directors that serve four-year terms, composed of two elected directors from each jurisdiction (Augusta County, Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro) and two “at-large” directors appointed by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board. One of the “at-large” members represents the Virginia Cooperative Extension system. Directors are elected under the general election laws prescribed by the state.
There are also a number of associate directors, respected in their fields of natural resources, education or business. All directors (elected and associate) serve the district as volunteers.
All programs and services of the district are offered on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, natural origin, religion, sex, age, marital status or disability.
Headwaters SWCD maintains, inspects and makes repairs for 11 SWCD flood control dams, and 5 additional dams of partner agencies. Headwaters also holds or co-holds 14 conservation easements.
Headwaters SWCD is in Area 1 of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. There are 47 districts statewide. The district is supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia through administrative and financial resources provided by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Other financial partners include the three local jurisdictions it serves.