Residential/Urban Cost-Share Program



The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMPs).

These practices can be installed in areas of your yard where problems like erosion, poor drainage, or poor vegetation occur. Qualified sites shall be used for residential, commercial, or recreational purposes with a proposed practice that addresses a need.

Eligible Practices

Most practices are eligible for 75% cost-share and some practices provide a flat incentive payment up to the installation cost.

  • Conservation Landscaping
  • Impervious Surface Removal
  • Permemable Pavement Installation
  • Dry Wells
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Vegetated Conveyance System
  • Constructed Wetlands
  • Bioretention
  • Rain Gardens
  • Infiltration
  • Green Roofs
  • Living Shorelines

Contact the District Office to learn more!

Residential Resources

            The Headwaters SWCD hopes that these residential resources can provide some assistance to homeowners and local community members. One goal of the District is to increase educational outreach for the residential sectors of Augusta County and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro in hopes to increase conservation and pollution prevention awareness. Please let the District know if we can be of any assistance for questions or concerns you may have about local environmental issues in your community!

Rain Barrels

Can you guess how many gallons of water may run off your roof with an 1-inch of rain?

Believe it or not, from a 40-by-20 foot roof you can collect up to 500 gallons of water!!!

If you want to conserve water or even lower water costs, a rain barrel is just one step in promoting environmental conservation practices of wastewater management. A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from your rooftop to use later for things like lawn and garden watering. A barrel will save water for use outdoors during peak summer months, and it will save paying a higher water bill or using your well and electricity.

Rain barrels are becoming popular and can even be constructed by oneself. Ran barrels can range in size and the material of which it is made of: visit the EPA’s How Can I Make A Rain Barrel? to learn how!

Community Gardens

Community Gardens have several benefits that may include:

  • Education for youth
  • Community development
  • Fresh, local produce & plants
  • Community beautification and More!

Check out the USDA’s Community Garden checklist if you are looking to start one in your local neighborhood!


Benefits of composting include:

  • Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests.
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material.
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.

There are a variety of sizes and types of composters. To learn to make your own:

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are becoming popular in residential settings. Benefits of having a rain garden in your yard or community can include:

  • Helping keep water clean by filtering rainwater runoff before it reaches local waterways.
  • Helping protect communities from flooding and drainage problems.
  • Replenishing area aquifers by increasing the amount of water filtering into the ground.
  • Enhancing the beauty of yards and communities.
  • Providing habitats for wildlife, from birds to butterflies
  • Increase beneficial insects that eliminate pest insects

 Learn to make a rain garden for your home with these 10 simple tips here!

 Water Conservation

Did you know there are over a 100 ways to conserve water in your household? A few examples can include:

  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes, which can save you up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  • Minimize evaporation by watering your lawn or garden during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
  • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  • Reduce your monthly water bills by checking for household leaks with these tips from the City of Staunton!

By conserving water you are also protecting drinking water resources, saving energy and money!


Check back frequently for updates from the Headwaters SWCD!