Elizabeth River

Industry lines the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, left, and Portsmouth, Va., on Oct. 23, 2015. "Elizabeth River in South Norfolk, Va." by Will Parson is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

The Elizabeth River is a six-mile tributary of the James River located in southeastern Virginia. The mouth of the river is in Norfolk, Virginia. The river has been heavily polluted by “goo” from now-defunct wood treatment plants and is highly susceptible to intense bacterial concentrations following heavy rain events. (Based on Chesapeake Bay Program and Elizabeth River Project.)