About Us


To promote the stewardship and sustainable use of natural resources, and protect lives and property through the operation and maintenance of flood control dams.



To achieve healthy and productive soil and water for the benefit and enjoyment for all people.


About Us

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 political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia encompassing all the land within the boundaries of Augusta County, including the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.

The District is governed by an eight member board, consisting of two directors from each locality elected in the general election, and two “at-large” directors appointed by Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.  The District also has ten Associate Directors, respected in their fields of natural resources, education or business. All directors serve four-year terms and their service is voluntary.

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.