Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Hazel Run is at risk
Hazel Run is a waterway that runs from Fredericksburg into Spotsylvania County.
The waterway is also at risk, according to this article by Rusty Dennen.
I reported a few years ago about how the county was fined for dozens of sewer spills, which led the county to issue warnings to residents.
Dennen also recently reported that the county was fined for a leakage into waterways from a water storage tank at the old Chancellor landfill.
In Dennen’s story today, the following is why environmentalists are alarmed:
From December 2009 to August of this year, FOR volunteer monitors gathered monthly data on the presence of E. coli bacteria at six locations in the 17-square mile Hazel Run watershed. E. coli are associated with human and animal fecal waste and indicate the presence of waterborne pathogens that can cause ear, eye and stomach ailments.
The study found that 11 of 46 water samples exceeded the state standard, with the highest amounts detected after heavy rains.
A sample taken in April on the main stem of Hazel Run, where it joins the Rappahannock, had six times the allowable limit. The problem appears to be linked to leaky sewage pipes.
If you care about water quality, the story offers these tips:
- Clean up after your pet
- Keep stormwater on property by planting native plants and installing a rain capturing barrel a rain garden
- Support sewage treatment plant upgrades
- Inspect your septic system regularly and have it pumped
- Volunteer as a water quality monitor