(Center for Coastal Resources Management, James River Watershed Map Gallery, 2000. Comprehensive Coastal Inventory Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, Virginia, 23062.)
The health of the watershed can be affected by factors such as sediment runoff from development as well as chemical and waste products from roads, parking lots and agricultural sites. For this reason, the park shares responsibility for the health of this valuable watershed by conducting all actions in a manner that will protect the water quality in its many stream habitats. This includes properly disposing of chemical products, following labeled instructions for pesticide applications, and maintaining forested buffers around stream and wetland habitats. This will help to ensure that the natural resources of the James River watershed, as well as the Chesapeake bay, will be preserved for the future.