Forest Drinking Watersheds

Watersheds within the GW National Forest provide public drinking water for over 200,000 residents of the northern Shenandoah Valley, making the protection and management of Forest watersheds paramount.

    • Local Governments & Agencies Supporting Fracking Ban

      Local governments have written to U.S. Forest Service officials urging them to protect drinking watersheds and ban or place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing mining for natural gas on the George Washington National Forest.

    • SVN Urges Forest Service to Enhance Water Planning

      SVN issued a statement in December 2008 urging the George Washington National Forest to improve current drinking watershed management planning in order to protect and preserve water quality for Shenandoah Valley residents.

    • Local Governments Adopt Drinking Water Resolutions

      Many localities have adopted resolutions calling on the George Washington National Forest to enhance the management and monitoring of watersheds that provide drinking water to local communities. Find out if your city, town, or county is among them.

    • SVN Statement on Drinking Watershed Resolutions

      SVN issued a statement in December 2008 urging the George Washington National Forest to improve current drinking watershed management planning in order to protect and preserve water quality for Shenandoah Valley residents.

    • Wild Virginia Study on GW Drinking Water Resources

      Wild Virginia's study shows that 260,000 northern Shenandoah Valley residents get their drinking water from sources in the George Washington National Forest.

    • NGO's and Agencies Endorse Drinking Water Protection

      View the list of NGO's and agencies that have adopted resolutions calling on the U.S. Forest Service to make protection of drinking water resources a top priority.