Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Little Blue Stone River

The Little Blue Stone (variant spelling: Bluestone) River (which runs through Streeter) is one of two tributaries of the Blue Stone River (the other is Blacklick Creek). It is one of many creeks and rivers that make up the watershed of the Mississippi River.

It is formed by the confluence of the White Oak Branch and Jumping Branch.
Facts from the U.S. Geological Survey:
Classed: Stream
Elevation: 1,447 ft

(note: Streeter's elevation is 1,982 ft)

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey online, and Wikipedia

The Bluestone has been compromised by PCB contamination left over from former coal mining (Virginia does not recommend eating carp from Bluefield, Va). Also, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality does not recommend any contact recreation in the Bluestone due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria (WVa. Dept. of Health and Human Services has also issued recent 2010 health advisories related to fishing the Bluestone):

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