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Smith Creek Watershed


Flowing through Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley, the Smith Creek watershed contains 105 square miles (approximately 67,335 acres) of land in Shenandoah and Rockingham counties. It is located at the headwaters of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Framed by the western slope of the Massanutten Mountain range, the rolling countryside is predominantly used for agriculture and forestry with less than four percent in residential and commercial uses.

Major tributaries include:

  • Lacey Spring Branch (short branch of Lacey Spring)
  • Mountain Run (western slope of the Massanutten Mountains)
  • Fridley Run (tributary of Mountain Run)
  • Dry Fork

The watershed was designated as one of three Chesapeake Bay Showcase Watersheds in 2010 by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Smith Creek Watershed Partnership (SCWP), consisting of agencies, nonprofits, and universities, and farmers working together to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff and showcase the efforts on a national scale.

The NEW FULL-TIME coordinator will be building on 13 years of successful collaboration and will accelerate the installation and maintenance of riparian and upland best management practices to improve water quality.