Rappahannock River Sediment Around Fredericksburg Leads to Concerns

As of April 2012, the City of Fredericksburg, VA was negotiating with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the scope and budget of a study of the Rappahannock River’s build-up of sediment, which continues to hinder aquatic life, raise concerns that it could make floods worse, and impair the use of the city’s riverboat.  Even though about 300,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment was removed prior to the breaching of Embrey Dam (upstream of the city) in 2004, the sediment problem around the city seems to have worsened since then and complaints have been raised that more sediment should have been removed along the dam.  Various local organizations, such as the Friends of the Rappahannock and the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority, have identified river sediment as a problem.  Amidst these developments, a Stafford County man and his Tennessee partner have proposed a three-year plan to remove about one million cubic yards of sediment from a five-mile stretch of river, at no cost to the City.  The men propose to sell commercially valuable sand and gravel that would be included in the removed material.

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Blog post by araflo April 25, 2012
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