Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Laura Grape,
Executive Director

Conservation Currents Newsletter

For soil and water conservation events, information and updates, the Conservation Currents newsletter is sent out quarterly in print and via email. To subscribe, please contact us with your email or mailing address. You may also choose to receive (please specify when you contact us):

  • Watershed Calendar monthly emails, which include stream monitoring and other events;
  • Green Breakfast notifications, which include information about speaker events six times a year.


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2019 Sustainable Garden Tour Site

May 20, 2019
The 2019 Sustainable Garden Tour will be held Sunday, June 9th from 1-5 PM, featuring rain gardens, native plant landscaping, rain barrels, backyard wildlife habitat, edible gardens, composting and more. Local residents open their gardens and share their experiences landscaping with natural resources in mind. This year's tour will feature gardens from homes, schools, libraries, and churches in the Vienna-Oakton area. Hidden treasures and verdant landscapes await you! Please enjoy each garden at your own pace. Visit as many or as few as you like. No RSVP is required. Free and open to all! Learn more:

January 2019 Conservation Currents

January 1, 2019
The first monthly edition of Conservation Currents in 2019 has been released for January! Read about Eva Rama's NVSWCD internship experience and learn about great Conservation Assistance Program projects with January's Conservation Currents. Click here to download January's Conservation Currents as a pdf.

August 25, 2018
The enrollment period for VCAP (Virginia Conservation Assistance Program) site visit applications for private property owners located in Fairfax County, City of Alexandria, and City of Fairfax is now CLOSED. Thanks for all the applications! CAP site visits requests for HOAs and places of worship in Fairfax County will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. Interested in knowing when the program is open again? Please email with your contact information to be informed of when the next round for site visit request applications will be open.

Current Issue

Safe Drinking Water

Pipes at Oakton High SchoolSitara Sastry, a student from Oakton High School and a Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Youth Conservation Leadership Institute fellow recently researched where the drinking water in her school comes from. Learn more about the path water takes to get to our schools.

Plant NoVA Natives

Plant NoVA NativesPlant NoVA Natives has been a great supporter of NVSWCD initiatives since its inception in 2011. Learn more about the role this invaluable organization plays.

2018 Annual Awards

sediment trap at Full Cry FarmThe Land Conservation Awards program provides a meaningful recognition to organizations and individuals for exemplary examples of erosion and sedimentation control during construction through a strong partnership between Fairfax County DPWES – Land Development Services and NVSWCD. Learn more about this year's award winners.

More Featured Articles

Discover Early Spring Wildflowers

Mayapple emerges. Credit: Gary Putnam, Arlington Regional Master Naturalists Looking forward to spring? Ready to open the windows for some fresh air and take a walk or bike ride on your favorite local trail? While you’re out, take a look at the splashes of color by the trailside and see if you recognize any of the early wildflowers. These spring ephemerals only bloom for a short time every spring.

It's Spring: Hold on to Your Fertilizer

Woman mows grass Contrary to popular practice, spring is not the time to fertilize your lawn. If you fertilize in early spring, the blades will grow at the expense of the roots developing. Extra fertilizer will run off into streams and rivers, polluting fisheries and local drinking water sources.

Home Turf: Virginia Healthy Lawns

Home Turf volunteer measures distance Virginia Cooperative Extension's Home Turf program brings Master Gardener expertise to the grasses in lawns across Northern Virginia.

Chickens in Your Backyard

A rooster and hen. Interest in locally grown food is on the rise, from urban gardening to backyard chicken operations. Can Fairfax County residents keep chickens? How can owners care for chickens? What is the best way to manage chicken waste?

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