|2014 44th District Water Quality Map|
The 44th District is no exception. I've written about previous reports for the 44th District here:
Here are the top lines:
- Little Hunting Creek - Impaired for Fish Consumption - "Excursions above the human health criteria of 0.64 parts per billion (ppb) polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were recorded in 2 water quality grab samples (2006, 2006), collected at monitoring station 1aLIF002.48."
- Paul Spring Branch - Impaired for Recreation - "E. coli bacteria criterion excursions (5 of 12 samples - 41.7%) at station 1aPAU001.17, at Route 626 (Fort Hunt Road)."
- Paul Spring Branch - Impaired for Aquatic Life - Benthic-Macroinvertebrate Bioassessments - Two biological monitoring events in 2007 at station 1aPAU001.17 (Route 626) resulted in a VSCI score which indicates an impaired macroinvertebrate community.
- Hunting Creek - Impaired for Recreation - "E. coli bacteria criterion excursions; 17 of 39 samples (43.6%) from station 1aHUT000.01, at George Washington Parkway, 3 of 11 samples (27.3%) from station 1aHUT001.72, at Route 611/241 (Telegraph Road), and 4 of 29 samples (13.8%) from station 1aCAM002.92, at Eisenhower Avenue."
- All Potomac Estuary Embayments - "The fish consumption use is categorized as impaired due to a Virginia Department of Health, Division of Health Hazards Control, PCB fish consumption advisory. The advisory, dated 4/19/99 and modified 12/13/04, limits consumption of American eel, bullhead catfish, channel catfish less than eighteen inches long, largemouth bass, anadromous (coastal) striped bass, sunfish species, smallmouth bass, white catfish, white perch, gizzard shad, and yellow perch consumption to no more than two meals per month. The advisory also bans the consumption of carp and channel catfish greater than eighteen inches long."
Until we get serious about storm water management in the community, our rivers and streams will continue to be polluted. Supervisor Hyland has repeatedly proposed increases in our stormwater tax to fund improvements, but they are repeatedly rejected.
Our local creeks remain direct conduits for surface water to the Potomac River.
Redevelopment of U.S. 1 will go along way towards solving this, but that is still a decade away. We need to take steps now.