• Fredericksburg Battlefield: Sunken Road, Stone Wall and Innis House sunrise

    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

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Air Quality

The area surrounding Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has experienced a surge of growth in the past 15 years as a result of increased use of I-95 as a major north-south transportation corridor. This expansion has resulted in new industries, increased development, and traffic adjacent to the park. In 1992, Stafford County was listed as a "non-attainment" area under the Clean Air Act, suggesting serious air quality problems. Hydrocarbon pollution from three major areas, Washington, D.C.. Richmond, VA, and Fredericksburg metro areas, are potential contributors to the decline of air quality in the park. Air pollution may be causing yet undetermined impacts on the park's natural and cultural resources. The park was classified as a Class II park in the clean air act of 1977. This designation relates to the amount of air quality degradation that is allowable. This classification allows only moderate amounts of degradation of the existing air quality condition.

Did You Know?

Photo of dead in Sunken Road during Battle of 2nd Fredericksburg

The famous photo of the Sunken Road at Fredericksburg was taken on May 3, 1863 during the 2nd Battle of Fredericksburg. The dead are members of Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade.