State money is available for both residential and agricultural practices in Nelson County for landowners in the upper Rockfish River watershed in order to improve the water quality of the river. In November, the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District was given a grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The grant, which is good through November 2015, is to be used in the upper Rockfish River watershed or the area upstream of Woods Mill. According to the Nelson County Times, the money is available to residents — that wouldn’t otherwise be available to do work on their own property. Since the federal Clean Water Act was established in 1972, DEQ has been monitoring bodies of water to ensure they meet certain water quality standards.