Re­mem­ber­ing our rivers

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION -

Thank you for your ed­i­to­rial re­minder of our im­por­tant Rap­pa­han­nock River wa­ter­shed [“Rivers run through us,” Oct. 18]. More than 700 miles of streams crisscross our ru­ral land­scape; there are about 576 ponds, to­tal­ing around 540 acres, and about 712 acres of wet­lands. Seg­ments of some of our ma­jor streams are des­ig­nated “303d im­paired” by the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity.

You can learn more about your lo­cal wa­ter­shed by vis­it­ing rap­pflow.org. Rap­pFLOW (Rap­pa­han­nock Friends and Lovers of Our Wa­ter­shed) di­vided the county into 26 sub-wa­ter­sheds and eval­u­ated the qual­ity of wa­ter­shed pro­tec­tion in each one. The re­port on this study is ti­tled “Peo­ple, Land and Wa­ter at the Head­wa­ters of the Up­per Rap­pa­han­nock River Basin: As­sess­ing the health and pro­tec­tion of wa­ter­sheds in Rap­pa­han­nock County, Va.” A copy of the re­port is avail­able in the county li­brary and can be down­loaded from rap­pflow.org/wa­ter­shed-as­sess­ments.

BEV­ERLY HUNTER Pres­i­dent, Rap­pFLOW

Amissville

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