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Clean Water Act Status: BUCHANAN County, VA
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    BUCHANAN County contains a portion of 2 watersheds:
    Tug
    Upper Levisa
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 14%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 83
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Aquatic Life Support 78%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 7%
     Beneficial uses not reported for 18% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 0
    High 6
    Medium 62
    Low 0
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 15
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 83
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Metals 76%
    Impaired Biological Community 12%
    Pathogens 7%
    pH 6%
    Ammonia 5%
    More...

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 83 (cause not reported for 10%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Resource Extraction 83%
    Impairment source not reported 11%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 7%
    Unknown Sources 2%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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