Rapidan and Robinson Rivers Watershed Description

There are 16 areas (called subwatersheds or catchments or drainage basins) that flow into the 2014 portions of the Rapidan and Robinson River watersheds. These are listed below (from west to east) and shown in the following image. Knowledge of the land cover in a river’s drainage basins helps understanding about river health.

  • Beautiful Run
  • Blue Run
  • Conway River
  • Crooked Run
  • Deep Run
  • Garth Run
  • Great Run
  • Hazel River
  • Hughes River
  • Leathers Run
  • Marsh Run
  • Poplar Run
  • Rapidan River
  • Rose River
  • South River
  • White Oak Run
Rapidan and Robinson River 2014 Subwatersheds
Rapidan and Robinson River 2014 Subwatersheds

The following charts show the proportion of types of land cover for each of these subwatersheds.

Blue Run

Note the majority of landcover in Blue Run is forest, hay, and pasture.

RA28 Blue Run Acreage
Blue Run Land Cover
Conway River

Note the very high percentage of the watershed in forest cover.

RA25 Conway River Acreage
Conway River Land Cover
Crooked Run

Again, note the high percentage of watershed in forest cover.

RA35 Crooked Run Acreage
Crooked Run Land Cover
 Deep Run

Again, this watershed has a high percentage of forest cover.

RA23 Deep Run Acreage
Deep Run Land Cover
Garth Run

Note the significant proportion of forest cover and lesser though consequential grazed pasture with manure, hay, and conservation tillage.

Garth Run Land Cover
Garth Run Land Cover
Great Run

Note the greatest types of land cover are forest, grazed pasture, and hay, respectively. Also note the significant proportion of conservation tillage.

Great Run
Great Run Land Cover
Hazel River

Again, as found in Garth Run, note the high proportion of forest cover, and consequential grazed pasture with fertilizer, hay, and conservation tillage.

RA44 Rapidan-Hazel Acre C
Hazel River Land Cover
Leathers Run

Note the significant proportions of forest cover and grazed pasture with applied manure in this subwatershed.

Leathers Run Land Cover
Leathers Run Land Cover
 Marsh Run

Note the significant proportion of forest cover, grazed pasture with fertilizer, hay, and conservation tillage.

Marsh Run Land Cover
Marsh Run Land Cover
Poplar Run

Note the exceptionally high proportion of forest cover in the Poplar Run subwatershed.

Poplar Run Land Cover
Poplar Run Land Cover
 Rapidan River Land Cover

Note that this area drains lands directly adjacent to river around the village of Rapidan (thus the name of this subwatershed within the larger Rapidan drainage basin). Other subwatersheds that also drain lands directly into the main stem of the river are Poplar Run and Marsh Run. Note the significant proportions of forest cover, unimproved pasture, grazed pasture with fertilizer, hay, and conservation tillage.

Rapidan River Land Cover
Rapidan River Land Cover
Rose River

Note the exceptionally high proportion of forest cover in the Rose River subwatershed.

Rose River Land Cover
Rose River Land Cover
South River

The South River subwatershed is predominately forested, with significant proportions of grazed pasture with fertilizer and hay.

South River Land Cover
South River Land Cover
White Oak Run

RA30 White Oak Run Acreage

The land cover total acres and percentages for these 16 subwatersheds combined are shown below. (coming)

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