On Feb. 24, an F4 tor-nado ripped across the Rappahannock River, just above the Down-ing Bridge, between Essex County and Richmond County. Communities on both sides of the river are still working to re-cover from the tragedy that destroyed homes while tearing a path across the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
By Meredith Palumbo, FOR Restoration Intern
As readers of “River Views” are most likely aware, the Chesapeake Bay has been put on a diet. Specifically, the “pollution diet” aims to restore water quality by limiting the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment that can enter the many rivers that feed into the Bay. The good news is, the various states are making progress towards these goals, through practices such as controlling stormwater, planting cover crops, and restoring riparian buffers. The bad news is, no state is likely to meet every one of its goals for pollution reduction in 2013.