"Protecting Drinking Water through Land Conservation"


“A vibrant network collaborating on land conservation and stewardship practices to protect safe, clean drinking water for communities in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia”

Commitment to Diversity

"The Safe Water Conservation Collaborative is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work. We strive for diverse representation within our partnership, and equitable distribution of resources to our community, regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender identity, language, national origin, physical or mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, or other characteristics that make us unique."


  • Raising awareness among the public and policy makers about the link between protected lands and clean water.

  • Collaborating to develop and implement conservation strategies, share information, and cooperatively seek public and private funding for easements and the costs associated with them.

  • Cooperatively seeking policies that build local capacity to conserve lands that protect water.


  • Finalizing a conservation plan to protect zones and parcels most important for safe drinking water;

  • Conducting landowner outreach on opportunities for easements; and for already-eased lands, adoption of best management practices for water quality;

  • Providing overall coordination and supporting emerging leadership of the Collaborative to advance implementation of a five-year action plan;

  • Promoting source water protection policies that accelerate land conservation to benefit water quality; and

  • Building the field for land conservation that benefits water quality beyond the project’s geographical scope through sharing "lessons learned" with other regions and partnerships.