The Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth River, and its inhabitants, received some great news this week. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality released a report stating that bacteria levels in the water have significantly dropped, allowing recreational contact.
The Elizabeth River Project has been monitoring the bacteria levels since 2014 and say the recent finding are historic for the river. The hard work of cleaning the river came from dozens of business and schools as well as thousands of homeowners along the river.
A community wide plan to keep the river clean was adopted in 2011. You can read the full report here.
Officials with the Lafayette River do warn you to check out the Safety First Precautions before you jump into the water. Also bacteria levels still may be high after heavy rains, especially in narrow tributaries.