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Clean Water Act Status: VIRGINIA
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
    Cleanest/Best States National Average Dirtiest/Worst States
    0%         50%         100%

    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
    VIRGINIA contains a portion of 48 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 13%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 883
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.

    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 0
    High 0
    Medium 0
    Low 0
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 883
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 803
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 30%
    Ammonia 23%
    Pathogens 21%
    Impaired Biological Community 14%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 7%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 8
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 93%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Ammonia 50%
    Impaired Biological Community 25%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 12%
    Fish Consumption Advisory 12%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 53
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 99%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 81%
    Nutrients 13%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 4%
    Impaired Biological Community 2%
    Pathogens 2%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Fresh Water Wetlands
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 12
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    pH 75%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 58%
    Ammonia 17%
    Nutrients 17%
    Pathogens 8%

    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: 803 (cause not reported for 42%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 42%
    Nonpoint Sources 28%
    Unknown Sources 13%
    Agriculture 8%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 7%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 8 (cause not reported for 62%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 93%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 62%
    Agriculture 25%
    Nonpoint Sources 12%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 53 (cause not reported for 20%)
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 99%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 64%
    Impairment source not reported 21%
    Unknown Sources 15%
    Municipal Point Sources 11%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 2%

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


    Fresh Water Wetlands
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 12 (cause not reported for 91%)
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 92%
    Unknown Sources 8%

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