people in grassDID YOU KNOW…polluted runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in Northern Virginia? That’s right, the very same rain that washes streets, yards, and parking lots clean is sending chemicals, germs, and trash down the drain and into the local creeks where our kids play and fish and animals live!

That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news. If we work together, we can clean it up!



You Can Make A Difference!

Making sure there is enough clean water is everybody’s responsibility! Here’s how you can do your part to keep local waterways clean and healthy for everyone:

  • Love Your Pets and the Environment — Pet waste is full of germs that breed in water and cause disease. It’s important for the health of the environment and our community to pick up after your pet. Dog Lovers — learn more
  • Keep Your Garden Green — applying too much fertilizer to the yard can be detrimental to our local waterways. Test your soil before fertilizing and wait to use fertilizers or pesticides in the fall. Yard experts test their soil before fertilizing. In this way, you can ensure that spring rains don’t wash excess nutrients (and your money) down the drain and into the local creek.Green thumbs — learn more
  • Maintain your Home and Car Responsibly — Just a little bit of oil can pollute a lot of water. In fact, just two quarts can contaminate enough creek water to fill four Olympic swimming pools. Other practices like washing your car or mowing your lawn can also have major impact on the environment! To learn more click here.

We’re Here to Help!

The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners have prepared this web page to help you do your part to make sure there is enough clean water for people and for wildlife. We want future generations of Northern Virginia to enjoy spending time together along beautiful lakes and streams.