A crow tests the waters of War Branch along Mountain Valley Road. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service chose War Branch and another Smith Creek tributary, Mountain Run, to receive part of $676,000 in funding for cleanup efforts. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
War Branch, a tributary to Smith Creek, as seen from Arkton Road in northern Rockingham County.
Beef cattle graze near War Branch in northern Rockingham County late last month. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is ramping up efforts to help improve the water quality of War Branch and Mountain Run, tributaries to Smith Creek and part of the larger Chesapeake Bay watershed.