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Clean Water Act Status: Lower Rappahannock Watershed
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
    Cleanest/Best Watersheds National Average Dirtiest/Worst Watersheds
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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):

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    Lower Rappahannock contains a portion of 10 counties:
    CAROLINE County, VA
    ESSEX County, VA
    FREDERICKSBURG (CITY) County, VA
    KING GEORGE County, VA
    LANCASTER County, VA
    MIDDLESEX County, VA
    RICHMOND County, VA
    SPOTSYLVANIA County, VA
    STAFFORD County, VA
    WESTMORELAND County, VA
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 26%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 46
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Not Reported 100%


    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 46
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 43
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 74%
    Ammonia 9%
    pH 7%
    Pathogens 5%
    Inorganics 2%
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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: 1
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 93%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Ammonia 100%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 2
    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 100%

    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: 43(cause not reported for 13%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 72%
    Municipal Point Sources 16%
    Impairment source not reported 14%
    Unknown Sources 14%

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


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1(cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 93%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 2
    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 100%

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


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  • Links
    U.S. EPA Watershed Health Index
    U.S. EPA Condition and Vulnerability Indicators
    U.S. EPA Watershed Profile
    U.S. Geological Survey: Water Resources Links
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