Water Resource Information

Clarke County has long been a leader in environmental protection and managed controlled growth. This is evidenced by the extensive long-term planning and visionary thinking that occurred in the early 1980's. During this time the County realized the importance of our groundwater resources and developed the Groundwater Protection Plan. This plan led to the establishment of the septic and well ordinances, sinkhole ordinance, the first USGS groundwater study, and an overall awareness of the sensitive nature of our groundwater resources from a water quality view. The County also adopted Sliding Scale Zoning, implemented the Agricultural/Forestal District, use value taxation, use of the LESA scoring system, and designated growth areas. These tools, in addition to more recent protection efforts such as the establishment of the Conservation Easement Authority and adoption of the Mountain Land Plan, have provided a strong framework to allow for growth while protecting our agricultural economy and natural and historic resources.

Water Levels - Clarke County

In 2002, as a result of a prolonged and serious drought, the County initiated a 6-year groundwater study with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The primary objective of the study was to enhance the County's understanding of the quantity and sustainability of our ground-water resources. The following link details the results and findings of this six-year study. Monitoring will continue annually as funding is approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Current County Real-time water levels - 5 Real time Gages What are the water levels in your area

USGS Water Monitoring Study - details water levels from well monitoring in the County

Final report for the County's 6-year groundwater study - 2002-2008

The USGS Scientific Investigations Report - "Hydrogeology and groundwater availability in Clarke County, Virginia" By: D.L. Nelms and R.M. Moberg, JR.



Summary of 6 year USGS Ground Water Study - What did the County learn - Click Here to Find Out


Link to additional Water Conservation Information


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