Poor results in stream health report for Rivanna watershed
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Rivanna Conservation Alliance released its 2022 Stream Health Report for the Rivanna River Watershed.
Results show that more than 80 percent of the 50 biological sites tested did not meet the quality standards, which means the quality of the water is not supporting the life that lives in it.
Some of the areas that have poor quality are: Carroll Creek at Glenmore, Moores Creek near Woolen Mills, Quarter Creek in Twin Lakes, and Morey Creek south of Bellair.
Much of the problem in urban areas is that pavement and buildings do not allow water to absorb into the ground. Instead, it runs directly into streams, leading to problems when people are not picking up after themselves.
"One of the important things is to be mindful of what is on the ground. That might get washed into our rivers and streams. So, if you are going to fertilize your lawn, make sure you do a soil test so you can know what fertilizer is needed," said Lisa Wittenborn, the executive director of RCA.
Another way that people can help is by picking up after their pets, which is the biggest source of bacterial contamination in and around Charlottesville.
There are several other ways to help, such as using rain barrels to help slow down the water before it enters the streams after a rain event.
To read the report, click here.