October 18, 2015

James River improving?

Recent headlines tout the improving grade of the James River's water quality, but the jump from C+ to B- in the James River Association's report card is a tad misleading. And their B- is a 61%. That is VERY generous grading.

Indeed, OVERALL water "quality" improved due to the eagle count, phosphorus reduction and wastewater upgrades. But a parent looking at this report card would see these numbers and question Jimmy's teacher:

56% in stream health
40% in agriculture pollution control
44% in sediment reduction
36% in storm water pollution controls
30% in vegetated buffer restoration
58% in underwater grasses

Look here to see the entire report card: http://www.jamesriverassociation.org/stateofthejames