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Photo of brook trout in Shenandoah National Park stream. Stream life, such as fish and insects, have been harmed as a result of long-term impacts of acid rain.

Restore Meadow Run Watershed to Mitigate Effects of Acid Rain

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Years of acid rain in and around Shenandoah National Park has negatively affected soil and water quality in the Meadow Run watershed resulting in impacts to overall forest health. While pollution has decreased dramatically in the last two decades, many sensitive watersheds like Meadow Run do not have the capacity to restore themselves naturally. Therefore, the National Park Service (NPS) is embarking on a process to improve aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem health in this degraded watershed. One option being considered to reduce the negative effects of acid rain is to apply limestone sand to the Meadow Run watershed via helicopter or other methods.

Once we have gathered and analyzed initial public input from the June 2019 public meetings, the NPS anticipates moving on to the next phase of the project, which could be the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA). There will be additional opportunities for public involvement as the process moves forward into the next phase.

If you would like to learn more about the science behind the problem, the goals for restoration, and the planning process, please explore the project StoryMap site, which can be reached by clicking "Links" on the left side of this page.

Thank you for your interest in Shenandoah National Park!

Contact Information
Jalyn Cummings, 540-999-3500 x3497

Submit written comments via mail to:
Meadow Run Restoration
Superintendent Jennifer Flynn
Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East
Luray, VA 22835