more dirty water

Brent Finnegan -- August 12th, 2008

The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that water quality in Virginia has dropped yet again. A report due to be released by the Department of Environmental Quality is expected to add more waterways to the growing list of impaired rivers and streams.

Many of the state’s rivers and streams were listed as unhealthy because of elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The report lists agricultural practices as the chief culprit, though it also mentions urban runoff, leaking sewers, failing septic tanks, domestic animals and wildlife as contributing factors.

The article also mentions a lack of state funding to do anything about it, even cutting funds to volunteer environmental groups.

Several volunteer water quality monitors lamented the lack of sufficient state funding for their efforts. During fiscal 2008, the state government eliminated $108,000 worth of grants to volunteer water quality monitoring groups. The cut came just a few weeks before the grants were to be awarded. In fiscal 2009, the funding has been restored – for now, at least.

Bruce Lundeen, executive director of the Harrisonburg-based Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum, is trying to organize a statewide public service announcement campaign to boost the General Assembly’s support of volunteer water monitoring efforts. Most lawmakers, he said, “don’t have a clue” about the issue.

2 Responses to “more dirty water”

  1. finnegan says:

    Also, there’s a story from WMRA about the air quality in Shenandoah National Park.

    …Even if all current pollution laws were vigorously enforced, and no new pollution sources were to enter the picture, it would still take generations to clean the gunk out of the park’s air.

    “The EPA’s current projection to reduce the pollutants that cause the haze to get back to what would be considered natural visibility is the year 2064. On the other hand, if they don’t even enforce the laws, they won’t ever reach the 2064 deadline…”

    Sounds like we’re doing an awesome job.

  2. Frank J Witt says:

    What I don’t understand is that this is 2008…and they are just now putting out data from 02-06…something more than water quality is wrong here. When we will find out about all the had work in the last 1 1/2 years? In 2010?

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