About Us

New River Conservancy grew out of a fight to prevent construction of two dams on the New River. The "Blue Ridge Project" was first proposed in 1962 and would have flooded 42,000 acres of land in North Carolina and southwestern Virginia. Locate your town on the map, to determine if you'd be under water today

Recognizing the magnitude of the impacts the dams would impose on the surrounding community, a group of concerned citizens came together to give the river a voice. The dedicated group of volunteers gained support from not only the local community but every presidential candidate.

The group was successful in 1976 when the dam proposal was defeated after a 26.5 mile section of the river was designated a Federal Scenic River and signed into law by President Gerald Ford. In 1991, the New River Conservancy reorganized and became a local, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the waters, woodlands, and wildlife of the New River Watershed.


Protecting the waters, woodlands and wildlife of the New River Watershed


New River Conservancy envisions a completely healthy New River watershed
where people want to live, work and play.

NRC believes that clean water, healthy land, and empowered people benefit our communities and the watershed. The watershed includes all the streams and brooks that feed the river and all of the forest, fields and communities that surround it.

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