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New watershed assessment: Still bad, but not as bad
C-VILLE Weekly Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7 a.m.

Though the health of the Rivanna River watershed has consistently failed to meet one of five Virginia water quality standards, a new report shows that its conditions are improving.

According to David Hannah, the executive director of StreamWatch—a local nonprofit that assesses watershed health by monitoring and testing streams—32 of the 50 assessed streams failed to meet the Virginia water quality standard for aquatic life in a report the organization released this month.

That’s a failing 64 percent of streams that lead into the Rivanna River, which is slightly less than the 67 percent failing average that StreamWatch has monitored since 2003.

It’s not all bad news, though.

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