Loudoun County is part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (CBW). There are 17 smaller watersheds in Loudoun County (view map), each draining to a local river or stream that is part of the CBW.
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed includes portions of six different states - Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia - and the District of Columbia. The watershed spans more than 64,000 square miles, and is home to almost 18 million people. The Susquehanna, Potomac, York, James, and Rappahannock rivers are the five largest in the CBW. In total, more than 100,000 streams, creeks, and rivers are in the CBW.
Clean water is essential to building and sustaining healthy communities. Surface water and groundwater are critical to the economic and environmental health of Loudoun County. We rely on abundant supplies of clean, safe water for drinking, agriculture, industry, and recreation, as well as to support the natural ecosystems. It is important that we take care of our local waters and the Chesapeake Bay by limiting the amount of pollution we produce. Excess nutrients and sediments have been found to negatively affect the quality of our local waters, rivers, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.
There are many programs that support the Clean Waters Initiative in Loudoun County. Learn more about these programs below.