District Awards Banquet — Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Fincastle Fire House

Join us for an evening spent celebrating another year of conservation in Botetourt and Craig.  We’ll announce the recipients of our Clean Water Farm Awards, recognize the Conservation Teacher of the Year, and present the Outstanding Forestry Award.  We’ll review and celebrate the accomplishments we had in 2017 as a community of partners in conservation.  Call (540) 400-0707 or email Staci Merkt  at mountaincastlesswcd@gmail.com to RSVP.  Please RSVP by December 8.

Public meetings scheduled for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Study

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will host two public meetings to kick-off a total maximum daily load (TMDL) study for Barbours Creek, Catawba Creek, Craigs Creek, Lapsley Run, Little Patterson Creek, Sinking Creek, and a section of the James River in Craig and Botetourt Counties. These streams are listed on the 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report as impaired due to violations of Virginia’s water quality standards for Recreational Use and General Standard (Benthics).  This is an opportunity for local residents to learn about the condition of these streams, share information about the area, and become involved in the process of local water quality improvement.  Meetings will be held at the Eagle Rock Library on November 2 at 6 p.m. and at the Catawba Community Center on November 9 at 6 p.m.  A draft report is available here.

Vision Statement

Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District serves as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assist in utilizing state, federal, local and private sector resources and makes decision that enhance and protect natural resources, improve water quality, and will engage in actions that promote soil and water stewardship for all citizens of Botetourt and Craig Counties.

Mission Statement

To provide and to promote leadership in conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs.

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Point of Contact (POC) Freedom of Information (FOIA) Officer is the “person to whom the public can direct requests for public records and who will oversee the public body’s compliance with the provisions of this chapter” as per §2.2-3704.2.c

Point of Contact (POC) Officer:
Staci Merkt
(540) 400-0707

View the full “Rights & Responsibilities” document here: MCSWCD FOIA R&R 2016