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The 2017 Virginia Water
Resources Progress Report
BY SCOTT McNALLY, SOURCE WATER PROTECTION TECHNICIAN

Populations
across the
state will
continue to
rise over the
years so it is
crucial that
we do as
much as we
can to protect
our water
resources
now.

Conservation Service recently released the 2017 Virginia Water
Resources Progress Report. It is a short report that summarizes the quality and quantity of water
across the state. The report is useful for making predictions and preparing for the future. The full
report can be found by following the link on this page: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/
detailfull/va/programs/planning/?cid=stelprdb1101408.
THE NATURAL RESOURCES

The report starts off with a description of the
land surfaces in Virginia. Virginia has a total
of 27,087,100 acres, with 1,910,500 or roughly
7 percent being water resources. That is a very
significant portion of the state and a lot higher
than most people may think. Roughly half of the
state still remains forested, which is good news
for our water resources. The report states that
over the past 30 years, there has been a decline in
forest land by 413,800 acres. Preserving forested
land is one of the most important things we can
do to maintain the quality and quantity of our
water resources. The ability for precipitation to
infiltrate into the water table is much higher on
forested land than it is on a manicured lawn.
As we all know, Virginia is
a very agriculturally heavy
state. Cropland makes up
10 percent of the state and
grazing land makes up
12 percent. Together, that
means at least 22 percent
of our state is under the
constant influence of agricultural operations. This
puts a heavy burden on
our water resources and
a lot of the efforts of the
NRCS go towards curbing
this influence.
Rising population in
certain areas is also a big
concern for maintaining
the quality and quantity
of drinking water. From

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2010 to 2016, Loudoun County has increased
in population by 24 percent with 73,000 new
residents. Such a significant increase in population can put tremendous pressure on a water
system. Population increase projections should
also be taken into account when a water system
is planning for the future.
In the report's discussion of water quality, it
shows that we have much room for improvement.
Sixteen percent of river miles, 81 percent of lakes
and 75 percent of estuaries have been found to
be impaired by DEQ standards. The NRCS has
many current projects focused on reducing or
eliminating sediment and nutrient loading into
water. In terms of quantity, the DEQ predicts
that by 2040, there will be a 32 percent increase
in water demand. They predict that 77 percent
of the increase will come from surface waters,
while 23 percent will be from groundwater.
Flood control and prevention is also another
big initiative by the NRCS. Flooding can cause
millions in damage as well as pollute our water
supply and leave it more vulnerable to contamination. Dams are one of the most effective flood
prevention methods and they also provide fantastic recreational opportunities.
Maintaining both the quality and quantity of
water across our state is imperative. Populations
across the state will continue to rise over the
years so it is crucial that we do as much as we
can to protect our water resources now. To access
the NRCS report, go to the link shown above
and for any information about protecting your
water resources contact the NRCS or the Virginia
Rural Water Association.


https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2017

From the President: Accomplishment
From the Executive Director: Time Flies…
VRWA Said “Goodbye” to Board Member and Friend Roy Markham
Basic Management Skills
Lessons from Louisiana
Planning for the Future
The 2017 Virginia Water Resources Progress Report
The Benefits of Pipe Marking for Water and Wastewater Facilities
Water and Environmental Programs
Recipe for Sustainably Managing Utilities
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
NRWA Recap
Throwing My Loop: Cowboy Up…
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - From the President: Accomplishment
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 8
Streamline - Fall 2017 - From the Executive Director: Time Flies…
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 10
Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Said “Goodbye” to Board Member and Friend Roy Markham
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 12
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Basic Management Skills
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 14
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Lessons from Louisiana
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - Planning for the Future
Streamline - Fall 2017 - The 2017 Virginia Water Resources Progress Report
Streamline - Fall 2017 - The Benefits of Pipe Marking for Water and Wastewater Facilities
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 22
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - Water and Environmental Programs
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Recipe for Sustainably Managing Utilities
Streamline - Fall 2017 - When and How to Use Piping Restraints
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - 30
Streamline - Fall 2017 - NRWA Recap
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 32
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Throwing My Loop: Cowboy Up…
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 34
Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 36
Streamline - Fall 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 40
Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Committees
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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