Apr 08, 2013

Virginia Plans to Study Bacteria Risk at Back Bay NWR

WTVR in Virginia reports that the bacteria levels in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Virginia Beach have been a growing concern for 40 years, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has finally announced it will conduct a study this year to identify the source of the bacteria.

The refuge was established in 1938 and contains over 9,250 acres within the Back Bay Watershed. Thousands of tundra swans, snow and Canada geese and a large variety of ducks visit the refuge during the fall-winter migration. The refuge also provides habitat for other wildlife, including such threatened and endangered species as the loggerhead sea turtle, piping plover and recently recovered species like the brown pelican and bald eagle. Back Bay NWR also provides over eight miles of scenic trails, a visitor contact station, and interpretive programming.

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