• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area

    Richmond

    National Battlefield Park Virginia

Water Management

Richmond National Battlefield Park

One of the park’s eight forested streams that are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

To reduce water usage, many park facilities are equipped with low-flow or waterless fixtures. At Fort Harrison park housing and the maintenance facility, they have rain barrels to capture water for gardening and washing vehicles and equipment. In addition to reducing water usage the park also works to protect the water quality in our streams. Fifteen miles of park streams drain into the Chesapeake Bay, and 99% are protected by thick forested buffers to help protect water quality and the plants and animals that call the streams home. The maintenance facility's parking lot has an oil-water separator to prevent harmful pollutants from entering nearby waterways.

Learn more about the Chesapeake Bay.

Did You Know?

Civil War era photograph of Thadeus Lowe's balloon Intrepid being inflated on the battlefield.

The battle of Gaines' Mill outside of Richmond, Virginia, was the first Civil War battle where both sides got help from above--in the form of observation balloons.