The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says after a heavy rainfall, bacteria levels at some of the Richmond area’s more popular waterways can be up to 100 times higher than Virginia Standards for swimming and recreation.
The Foundation just concluded a pilot project to measure the levels of E Coli. Highest was at the Mouth of Gillies Creek, a popular fishing spot where the creek meets the James. CBF Executive Director Rebecca LePrell, says it is also nasty.
Of the other four, Jordan’s Branch at Bryan Park came back 20 times over the standard and Beaverdam Creek at Cold Harbor Road 50 times the standard
Only the James River at Robious Landing in Chesterfield had generally lower bacteria levels.
The Foundation says we can all help, with rain barrels, landscaping with native trees, picking up pet wastes and promoting public policy, but just knowing the numbers is a start.