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Culpeper in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mountain Run Watershed

 
 
Mountain Run Watershed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2008
1. Mountain Run Watershed Marker
Inscription. Culpeper has always depended on Mountain Run for its water. The small stream meandered through the town like so many citizens on a Sunday afternoon. But for many years, Mountain Run had a tendency to dry up during the summer months, leaving Culpeper without adequate water. During the spring and winter months, the run proceeded to flood the town and adjacent farms. Much of the flooding was so severe that the Town's power and waste water systems had to be closed. The unpredictability of the water systems had to be closed. The unpredictability of the water supply hampered Culpeper's ability to grow and attract the new businesses and industry the town needed for economic growth.

In 1954, the Town of Culpeper engaged in its most important planning project to date - the preservation and control of its water supply. Public Law 566 allowed localities to partner with the U.S. Soil and Conservation Service (SCS) to protect property from floods and water damage and to create municipal water supplies and watershed protection programs.

With help from the SCS, the Culpeper National Bank, and the Second National Bank, the Town of Culpeper decided to use the new Federal law to improve its water supply. A new entity was also formed, the Culpeper Soil Conservation District would be the basis of Culpeper's move toward a better use of Mountain
Mountain Run Watershed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2008
2. Mountain Run Watershed Marker
Run. Soon the small stream channel was cleared and three lakes were built. Of the later, two were for food control while the third served as a water supply for the town. Today, Yowell Meadow Park is an example of the Town of Culpeper's achievements in water control. Once a continual flood hazard, Yowell Meadow Park is a safe and green environment for visitors from everywhere to enjoy.
 
Location. 38° 28.449′ N, 78° 0.037′ W. Marker is in Culpeper, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker can be reached from North Blue Ridge Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located along the Yowell Meadow Park loop trail. Marker is in this post office area: Culpeper VA 22701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Revolutionary War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Civil War (about 500 feet away); Historic Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); A.P. Hill's Boyhood Home (approx. ¼ mile away); The Culpeper Minute Men (approx. ¼ mile away); “Gallant” Pelham’s Last Days (approx. ¼ mile away); William "Extra Billy" Smith (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Culpeper.
 
More about this marker. On the
One of the Mountain Run Lakes, Yowell Meadow Park image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2008
3. One of the Mountain Run Lakes, Yowell Meadow Park
left is a photo of Yowell's Bottom after five days of rain in late September, 1975. At the bottom of the marker are photos of Mountain Run Lake and Mountain Run Spring.

At the bottom of the marker is a timeline of events:
1923 - Severe flooding of Mountain Run Watershed.
1938 - Severe flooding of Mountain Run Watershed.
1939 - Severe flooding of Mountain Run Watershed.
1954 - Public Law 566 passed by Congress.
1958 - SCS & Town of Culpeper create Mountain Run Watershed Work Plan.
1961 - First Phase Mountain Run Watershed complete.
1966 - After a period of growth in Culpeper, the wast water plan was supplemented to provide 100 year level flood protection and 1,000 additional acres of water storage.
1982 - Special project conducted in Mountain Run West area which included the implementation of agricultural developments.
1987 - Recommendations made that a comprehensive management plan be developed by the Rapidan-Rappahannock Planning District Commission and the Town of Culpeper.
1988 - Recommendations made for vegetative drain buffers, [illegible] application of arresting erosion, sedimentary controls, and an [illegible] water quality monitoring program.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,038 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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