This page highlights the work of organizations that the Agua Fund supports.
The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) was established in 1972 to protect the rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty of Virginia’s Piedmont region. PEC helps localities make sound land-use decisions to create vibrant communities, promote sustainable agriculture, protect clean air and water, encourage energy efficiency, and preserve historic resources.
Wild Virginia informs citizens about threats and opportunities for the George Washington National Forest. We organize the public to protect the forest and, thereby, drinking water, habitat for rare species and natural communities, and a place for citizens to enjoy one of the last large wild forests remaining in eastern North America.
Potomac Riverkeeper's mission is to restore clean water in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and tributaries through enforcement and community engagement. The Shenandoah Riverkeeper patrols the water, educates the community, and advocates for a healthier river.
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is the federally-authorized management entity for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, designated by Congress in 1996. SVBF works with public and private partners to conserve, preserve, and interpret the Shenandoah Valley’s nationally significant Civil War battlefield landscapes and historic resources.
SVN works to maintain healthy rural landscapes and communities, protect and restore natural resources, and strengthen our region’s agricultural economy. We support local citizens’ groups from Frederick to Augusta County and promote good land use and transportation plans, compatible economic development, and effective land protection. SVN is a project of the Piedmont Environmental Council.
The Potomac Conservancy protects the health, beauty, and enjoyment of the Potomac River and its tributaries. The Conservancy focuses on protecting water quality. Our tools include public policy and land protection and restoration focused in the headwaters region. The Conservancy also works to preserve the Potomac's landscapes and enhance river-based recreation opportunities.
The Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) combines the voices of citizens groups and organizations across Virginia to conserve our natural resources. VCN affiliate members include watershed groups, land trusts, sporting and birding clubs, garden clubs, rail and cycling organizations, clean energy advocates, and historic preservation groups. VCN reaches out through events including the Virginia Environmental Assembly and Conservation Lobby Day.+ www.vcnva.org
The Valley Conservation Council works with landowners and communities to protect vital natural and cultural resources. We are supported by members who believe in sustaining the Shenandoah Valley region. Our work to encourage better development helps communities realize sensible growth while limiting impact on the farms and forests, rivers, and heritage we all need and love.
Friends of the North Fork is a grassroots citizens' group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the purity, beauty, and natural flow of the river in the Shenandoah Valley. Friends of the North Fork focuses on science, advocacy, and education.
River Network's mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain the health of our country.
River Network is helping to strengthen local organizations in the Shenandoah watershed.
The Education Fund helps citizens and organizations concerned with conservation and Virginia's environment to more effectively participate in their government.
The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) uses the power of the law to protect the environment and health of the Southeast. SELC shapes, implements, and enforces laws and policies that determine the quality of the air, water, and the landscapes and communities around us. (Photo by Lynda Richardson)
Shenandoah Forum fosters informed dialogue among diverse interests in the county to address issues of growth and development. Its mission is to ensure the county remains essentially rural, preserves a healthy environment, promotes a sustainable economy, and provides a high quality of life for the people who live here.
CAP works with the public, elected leaders and local and state government agencies to enhance Rockingham County's rural character, urban spaces and natural and cultural resources. We provide timely and accurate information to advance good public policy in transportation and land use planning and land conservation.
The mission of the Shenandoah valley Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter is to improve agricultural viability in the Shenandoah Valley region and increase consumer awareness of the social value and economic importance of supporting the local food system and community. The Buy Fresh Buy Local message is key to our efforts to preserve the ecological integrity of the Shenandoah Valley.+ www.buylocalshenvalley.org
A project of the New Venture Fund, CBFN is a funding collaborative that aims to protect and restore the health of the rivers and streams in the Bay watershed. CBFN's Agriculture Initiative targets "hotspots" for nutrient pollution with projects that demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of best management practices.