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Clean Water Act Status: Lower James Watershed
 
 
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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 James contains a portion of 14 counties:
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 13%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 24
    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 24
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 22
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 41%
    Pathogens 41%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 14%
    Ammonia 9%
    pH 9%
    More...

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




    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1
    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
    Impaired Biological Community 100%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 100%
    Pathogens 100%

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


    Fresh Water Wetlands
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 100%
    pH 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: 22(cause not reported for 18%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 39%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 41%
    Municipal Point Sources 27%
    Unknown Sources 27%
    Impairment source not reported 18%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 14%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.




    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1
    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
    Municipal Point Sources 100%
    Unknown Sources 100%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 100%

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


    Fresh Water Wetlands
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Unknown Sources 100%

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