The Rappahannock River watershed has several thousand miles of tributaries that drain land areas from all or portions of 18 counties from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. The watershed has land uses ranging from industrial manufacturing, urban centers, and suburban developments to croplands, pastures, and old growth forests. Each of these land uses types generate nutrients, sediments, and other pollutants of some kind. Many of these pollutants have no natural filtration process and cause impairments to local waterways.
Below is a list of tributaries to the Rappahannock River that are currently or have been listed as impaired under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. (This list is always evolving and will be updated as we receive additional information).