Rappahannock Friends and Lovers of Our Watershed

TMDL plan for Hazel, Hughes, Rush River watersheds

June 10, 2008: The Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission has recently been contracted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in conjunction with the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD), and Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties to coordinate upcoming development of a Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan (TMDL-IP) for three bacterial impaired stream segments situated in the above jurisdictions: the Hazel, Hughes, and Rush rivers, of the Upper Hazel River Watershed.

Previous monitoring results indicated that the streams did not meet water quality standards for fecal coliform owing to varying combinations of agricultural (livestock), residential (septic) and wildlife sources.

The TMDL Implementation Plan development initiative, projected to take 9-12 months, and offer a means by which to further identify the impairments and provide landowners and residents an opportunity to fully participate in improving local water quality, is slated to begin this summer.