Welcome to the Linville Creek TMDL Implementation Project!

Imagine hoisting an 18-inch trout from the crystal clear waters of Linville Creek or watching children splash in sparkling streams. To ensure these recreational activities are possible in the future, private citizens, non-profit organizations, communities and government agencies are joining forces to clean up Linville Creek and its tributaries.

Flowing through the heart of Rockingham County, VA, the Linville Creek watershed contains 13.49 miles of streams that are impaired by bacteria and sediment.  Impairments are due to excessive nutrient and sediment inputs from the surrounding land draining into the creek.  As a result, people could experience an increased risk of illness or infection after coming into contact with the water. Due to the impairments, aquatic life could fail to survive in the waters of Linville Creek and its tributaries.

Why should I maintain my system?

Proper usage and maintenance of your septic system provides all of the benefits listed below

♦Vital to prolonging the life of your system

♦Increases the value of your home

♦Protects water quality

♦Prevent costly repairs which saves you money!


Common problems associated with septic systems:

 

 

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How do I know if my septic system is failing?

♦Wet spots or standng water in your yard

♦Odd growth patterns in your grass

♦Septic odor inside or outside of your home

♦Slow or backed up drains


Clean up of the streams and rivers of the Linville Creek Watershed is dependent on you! Do your part to help improve public health and local water quality. Maintain your Septic System!

Linville Creek tributary-Tide Spring

Photo: Linville Creek tributary-Tide Spring


Through the Linville Creek Implementation Project the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) offers financial assistance to homeowners in the Linville Creek watershed to perform maintenance and repairs to their septic system including:

♦Septic tank pump outs

♦Connection to public sewer for failing systems

♦Septic system repairs

♦Septic system replacement

♦Installation of septic system to replace a straight pipe

♦Alternative septic system installations

Click here for an informational brochure about the program

Contact the SVSWCD to learn more about the program and how to apply for financial assistance to repair your septic system.

For more information about the Linville Creek Septic Assistance Program call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext. 126 or emily.riggleman@svswcd.org

Not in the Linville Creek watershed? Then the Rockingham County Septic Assistance Program might be for you!

Click here for more information about the Rockingham County Septic Assistance Program