Lewis Creek Watershed
Lewis Creek - The Past
During the 19th century, Staunton developed as a trade, transportation, and industrial center. Tanneries, mills, and factories were built; and as the population grew, buildings were erected alongside and over the creek. It became a dumping ground for animal, human, and industrial waste. Water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery were common.
In 1996, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality cited Lewis Creek as an impaired waterway. Local government, civic groups, and individuals took action. the conservation and clean up of the creek began. Here, for example, houses and hard-surfaced driveways have been removed and an urban green space created. Water can now percolate into the soil instead of running off quickly and washing sediment or dirt and pollutants into the creek. Downstream, other buildings that covered the creek have been demolished. The "daylighting" or exposure of the creek to light and air promotes photosynthesis, aeration, and a healthier waterway. Yet, more work remains.
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Location. 38° 9.382′ N, 79° 4.534′ W. Marker is in Staunton, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Churchville Avenue (U.S. 250) and Oakenwold Terrace, on the right when traveling east on Churchville Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Churchville Ave, Staunton VA 24401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gypsy Express (approx. 0.3 miles away); Staunton Military Alumni Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Memory of Our Dead Heroes (approx. 0.4 miles away); 116th Infantry Regiment Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Dead Monument - Thornrose Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stuart Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mary Baldwin College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Central Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staunton.
More about this marker. The remainder of the marker features environmental-specific information and is not historically pertinent.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.