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FOSR’s 2020 Summer E. coli Results through 07.30.2020

These are the E. coli results for the water samples that were collected yesterday, Thursday, July 30, 2020.

FOSR 2020 Summer Quantitative E. coli Concentration Results through 07.30.2020

At the following sites the E. Coli level exceeded the previous instantaneous Virginia water quality standard threshold of 235 E. Coli CFUs per 100ml of sample for primary recreational contact:

  • 313.0 MPN E. coli – FCOC, Opequon Creek off of Neill Road in Clarke County
  • 920.8 MPN E. coli – FW36, Manassas Run upstream of the confluence with the Shenandoah River at Morgan Ford low water bridge in Warren County

 

South Fork of the Shenandoah River @ Newport Public Boat Ramp

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FOSR’s 2020 Summer E. coli Results through 07.23.2020

These are the E. coli results for the water samples that were collected yesterday, Thursday, July 23, 2020.

FOSR 2020 Summer Quantitative E. coli Concentration Results through 07.23.2020

Three of the sites located in Clarke County had elevated E. coli levels at the time the water samples were collected yesterday. Site FC08, Shenandoah River at Castlemans Ferry/ Route 7 public boat launch, while the E. coli levels measured 172.2, this did not exceed the previous VA water quality standard.   At the following sites the E. Coli level exceeded the previous instantaneous Virginia water quality standard threshold of 235 E. Coli CFUs per 100ml of sample for primary recreational contact:

  • 307.6 MPN E. coli – FC05, Shenandoah River at Lockes Landing public boat launch in Clarke County
  • >2,419.6 MPN E. coli – FCOC, Opequon Creek off of Neill Road in Clarke County
  • 410.6 MPN E. coli – FW36 Manassas Run, upstream of the confluence with the Shenandoah River at Morgan Ford low water bridge in Warren County

In a freshwater system, these data represent a snapshot of the water quality on the date, time, and under the conditions that the water sample was collected. Areas in the region had measurable rainfall over the last 24-hours. The following are recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health to consider before recreating in freshwater rivers and streams.

VA DGIF is now known as VA DWR

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has changed its name to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. VA “DGIF has been renamed the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR). Our new name reflects the wide range of wildlife conservation responsibilities and opportunities that our agency has, from hunting and fishing to wildlife watching, public lands, boating, and outdoor recreation.”

FOSR’s 2020 Summer E. coli Results through 07.15.2020

These are the E. coli results for the water samples that were collected yesterday, Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

FOSR 2020 Summer Quantitative E. coli Concentration Results through 07.15.2020

Overall the sites located on the river had low E. coli levels.  At the following site the E. Coli level exceeded the previous instantaneous Virginia water quality standard threshold of 235 E. Coli CFUs per 100ml of sample for primary recreational contact:

  • FW 36 360.9 MPN E. coli  Manassas Run, upstream of the confluence with the Shenandoah River at Morgan Ford low water bridge in Warren County

In a freshwater system, these data represent a snapshot of the water quality on the date, time, and under the conditions that the water sample was collected.

VA Dept of Health fish consumption advisories for the Shenandoah River watershed

I have been asked if the fish in the North Fork, South Fork, and Main-stem of the Shenandoah River are safe to eat. To answer this question here is the link to the  VA Dept Health Fish advisories

This is the link to the VA Dept of Health website page with information about fish consumption advisories:

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/public-health-toxicology/fish-consumption-advisory/

 

 

 

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Everyone do your part; take your trash with you!

For several weeks now garbage has been piling up at the Lockes Landing public access area off Rt. 621 in Clarke County. This past Wednesday when I was there to collect a water sample I ran into three young gentlemen from Watermelon Park. They had just finished filling a frontend loader with all of the garbage that had been pilling up at the ramp. They were very concerned about the degradation of the site and the potential human health and safety risks. We thank you and the river thank you! Everyone do your part; take your trash with you!

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