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EPA lauds Carter Run cleanup

Wednesday, Mar. 5 | By Jonathan Hunley
The Environmental Protection Agency is touting work on Carter Run as an example of a successful water cleanup effort.

In 1998, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality added the Fauquier County stream to the state’s list of impaired waterways under the Clean Water Act because it violated a bacteria standard.

But after cleanup measures paid for by federal, state and landowner funds were taken, the amount of E. coli bacteria in Carter Run was significantly reduced.

"As a result, DEQ expects that Carter Run will be removed from the state’s CWA section 303(d) list of impaired waters in the near future," said an EPA document released by Fauquier's government on Wednesday.

And that means good news for the county, the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District, and local farmers and landowners.

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