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DEQ: Nearly 9-in-10 Waterways in Virginia Have Pollution

March 27, 2012

A report says nearly nine in ten rivers, streams and lakes inspected in Virginia have some levels of pollution.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued the report Monday. The assessments were conducted between 2005 and 2010.

Media outlets report the state found pollution in more than 13,000 miles of streams and rivers, 94,000 acres of lakes and 2,130 square miles of estuaries.

The agency's report is issued every two years.

About 260 miles of rivers and streams and 2,700 lake acres were removed from this year's list.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued a statement saying the report shows a clear trend of decreasing bacteria levels in Virginia's waterways over the past 20 years thanks to cleanup plans.

Public comments on the study are being accepted until April 27. To view the report, click here.


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