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James River Basin


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James River

Maury River from Buena Vista at Rt. 60 ~15 miles to the confluence of the James River (12/13/04; modified 10/10/06)

Rockbridge Co. and Buena Vista City

PCBs

Redbreast Sunfish

No more
than two meals/month

PCBs

Rock Bass

PCBs

Yellow Bullhead Catfish

PCBs

Carp

James River from Big Island Dam (below Blue Ridge Parkway) downstream to the I-95 James River Bridge in Richmond including its tributaries Hardware River up to Rt. 6 bridge and Slate River up to Rt. 676 bridge. These river segments comprise ~234 miles. (12/13/04)

Amherst Co. and Bedford Co., Lynchburg City, Campbell Co., Appomattox Co., Nelson Co., Buckingham Co., Albemarle Co., Fluvanna Co., Cumberland Co., Goochland Co., Powhatan Co., Henrico Co., Chesterfield Co., and Richmond City

PCBs

Gizzard Shad

No more
than two meals/month

PCBs

Carp

PCBs

American Eel

PCBs

Flathead Catfish

PCBs

Quillback Carpsucker

James River from the I-95 James River bridge in Richmond downstream to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the tidal portion of the following tributaries: Appomattox River up to Lake Chesdin Dam, Bailey Creek up to Rt. 630, Poythress Run, Bailey Bay, Chickahominy River up to Walkers Dam, Skiffes Creek up to Skiffes Creek Dam, Pagan River and its tributary Jones Creek, Chuckatuck Creek, Nansemond River and its tributaries Bennett Creek and Star Creek, Hampton River, Willoughby Bay and the Elizabeth River system (Western Br., Eastern Br., Southern Br., and Lafayette River) and tidal tributaries St. Julian Creek, Deep Creek, and Broad Creek. These river segments comprise ~325 miles. (PCBs, 7/1/02; modified 6/15/04;12/13/04; Kepone, 7/1/88; 10/10/06)

Richmond City, Henrico Co., Chesterfield Co., Charles City Co., Hopewell City, Colonial Heights City, Petersburg City, Dinwiddie Co., Prince George Co., Surry Co., James City., New Kent Co., Isle of Wight Co., Newport News City, Suffolk City, Portsmouth City, Hampton City, Norfolk City, Chesapeake City and Virginia Beach City

PCBs

Gizzard Shad

DO NOT EAT

PCBs

Carp

DO NOT EAT

PCBs

Blue Catfish ≥ 32 inches

DO NOT EAT

PCBs

Flathead Catfish
≥ 32 inches

DO NOT EAT

PCBs

Blue Catfish < 32 inches

No more
than two meals/month

PCBs

Flathead Catfish
< 32 inches

PCBs

Channel Catfish

PCBs

White Catfish

PCBs

Largemouth Bass

PCBs

Bluegill Sunfish

PCBs

American Eel

PCBs

Quillback Carpsucker

PCBs

Smallmouth Bass

PCBs

Creek Chub

PCBs

Yellow Bullhead Catfish

PCBs

White Perch

PCBs

Striped Bass

PCBs

Bluefish

PCBs

Croaker

PCBs

Spot

PCBs

Blueback Herring

PCBs

Hickory Shad

Kepone

All Species

PCBs advisory is more restrictive. Follow the PCBs advisory for the species listed. Any fish for species not listed, limit consumption to one meal per day.

Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and its tidal tributaries ( ~ 23miles ) (1/23/09)

Portsmouth City, Chesapeake City, and Norfolk City

PCBs, Dioxins

Blue Crab (Hepatopancreas only)

DO NOT EAT crab's hepatopancreas ("mustard," green gland, tomalley). This advisory applies only to avoiding eating the crab's hepatopancreas or "mustard". Crab meat is not subject to this advisory (click on the thumbnail below for enlarged diagram).

blue crab

Harrison Lake (entire lake, ~ 82 acres) (7/20/06)

Charles City Co.

Mercury

Redear Sunfish

No more than 2 meals per month

Mercury

Largemouth Bass

Mercury

Chain Pickerel

Mercury

Bowfin

Chickahominy Lake (entire lake, ~1230 acres) (7/20/06)

Charles City Co. and New Kent Co.

Mercury

Largemouth Bass

No more than 2 meals per month

Mercury

Chain Pickerel

Mercury

Bowfin

Mill Creek (entire creek) near Fort Monroe (10/7/09) City of Hampton  PCBs Gizzard Shad No more than two meals/month

Virginia Department of Health | Office of Epidemiology | Division of Public Health Toxicology | 109 Governor Street  Room 338C | Richmond, Virginia 23219 | Phone: (804)864-8182 | Fax: (804)864-8190


Last Updated: 03-29-2013

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