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Browse History: Rappahannock River (2013)

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Bay Health Index
Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon
40%
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Rappahannock River: 2013

Moderately poor ecosystem health. One of the only areas where water clarity improved, but is still failing. Other indicators showed small improvements.


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  Index/Indicator Score     Index/Indicator Score
Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Chlorophyll a
23%
  Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Aquatic grasses
30%
Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Dissolved oxygen
85%
  Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity
24%
Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Water clarity
10%
  Total Nitrogen Icon Total Nitrogen
59%
Total Phosphorus Icon Total Phosphorus
48%
       

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Region Info

The Rappahannock River watershed drains approximately 2,700 square miles of land. The river itself begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains and flows for 185 miles, becoming tidal near Fredericksburg. Major bodies of water include the Rapidan, the Robinson, and the Corrotoman Rivers. The majority of the Rappahannock watershed is forested, with agriculture/farming accounting for a third of the land use. Major cities in the watershed include Fredericksburg, Culpeper, Falmouth, Orange, and Tappahannock. The census population for 2000 in the watershed was 241,000. (Based on information in Dauer, et al., 2005).

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