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Removal of Wood Debris... Your Questions Answered - 6/30/17
posted by: Jami Thompson

 The West Virginia Conservation Agency can provide technical assistance and oversight to landowners who wish to remove stream blockages from their property.


To report a blockage, call

1-866-UC-Flood (823-5663)


* See attachment for more information on the removal of wood debris.


Attachments: 21224.Wood Debris Removal Brochure.pdf
Protecting Wetlands, Streams, Lakes, Tidal Waters & Wells from the Impacts of Land Development - 1/29/16
posted by: Jami Thompson

 A new web resource shows neighborhood, watershed and environmental advocates how to win the use of highly-effective aquatic resource protection measures for shopping centers, townhouse projects, highways and other land development proposals: ceds.org/aquatic.

For more than 40 years CEDS has been helping citizens win cases from Hawaii to Maine.  The new web resource is a compilation of all the best practices used by the government agencies, advocates, attorneys and other experts we’ve worked with in hundreds of cases across the nation.

Of course by aquatic resources we mean wells and other groundwater resources, wetlands, streams, rivers, lakes and tidal waters.  Impact prevention measures include innovative negotiating techniques that frequently produce success at a fraction of the usual cost.  Prevention measures also include strategies for improving compliance with aquatic resource protection laws by enhancing public support for enforcement agencies.

Through this web resource we explain how you can determine if a development project is utilizing the very best practices for:

  • minimizing construction phase sediment pollution;
  • saving sufficient watershed forest and buffers to preserve sensitive resources;
  • highly-effective stormwater runoff control measures;
  • preventing sewerline leaks;
  • minimizing wastewater treatment plant impacts; and
  • preparing your own watershed growth management plan.

The new web resource can be viewed at: ceds.org/aquatic.

Organizing a Watershed Partnership - 5/11/15
posted by: Jami Thompson

Attachments: 6058_OrganizingWatershedPartnerships.pdf
Watershed Organizational Structure - 5/11/15
posted by: Jami Thompson

Attachments: 6057_Watershed_Organization_Structure.pdf
Steps of Organizing a Watershed Association - 5/11/15
posted by: Jami Thompson

Attachments: 6056_Organizing_Steps.pdf
EPA Healthy Watersheds Fact Sheet - 6/6/12
posted by: Jami Thompson

Attachments: 3417_Healthy Watersheds.pdf
EPA Healthy Watersheds Initiative - 4/16/09
posted by: Jami Thompson

Our nation has made significant progress in cleaning up polluted waters. Yet, while we devote substantial resources to restoring impaired waters, we continue to experience the loss of some of our remaining healthy aquatic ecosystems. Some key statistics provide clear evidence of both recent and ongoing declines in our aquatic resources.

  • Over the last 50 years, coastal and freshwater wetlands have declined; surface water and groundwater withdrawals have increased by 46%; and non-native fish have established themselves in many watersheds (Heinz Center, 2008).
  • A recent national water quality survey of the nation's wadeable streams showed that 42% of the nation's stream length is in poor biological condition and 25% is in fair biological condition (U.S. EPA, 2006).
  • Nearly 40% of fish in North American freshwater streams, rivers, and lakes are found to be vulnerable, threatened, or endangered; nearly twice as many as were included on the imperiled list from a similar survey conducted in 1989 (Jelks et al., 2008).

The objective of the federal Clean Water Act is to "restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters." While other EPA programs focus on restoring impaired waters, the Healthy Watersheds Initiative augments the watershed approach with proactive, holistic aquatic ecosystem conservation and protection. The Healthy Watersheds Initiative includes both assessment and management approaches that encourage states, local governments, watershed organizations, and others to take a strategic, systems approach to conserve healthy components of watersheds, and, therefore, avoid additional water quality impairments in the future.

image of waterfall in a forested watershed

This Web site provides information on Healthy Watersheds, including:

Concept, Approach and Benefits: Approaches and benefits of conserving and protecting healthy watersheds.

Assessment Framework: A systems approach to watershed assessment.

Examples of Assessments: Current assessment approaches being used by regions, states, and communities.

Conservation Approaches & Tools: Conservation and protection approaches used by states and communities for ensuring healthy watersheds remain intact.

Outreach Tools: Strategies and resources for watershed managers to encourage stakeholder engagement in conservation and protection of healthy watersheds.

Where You Live: Links to projects at the national, regional, state, and local scales.

Publications: Related documents.

Hands On Experiments To Test For Acid Mine Drainage 2nd Edition - 2/9/09
posted by: Jami Thompson
This is a series of experiments about acid mine drainage, geared towards a middle school to early high school grade level. 

See attachment.
Attachments: 1597_Handson_AMDExperiments.pdf
Federal Register Notice for the Regional Permit for AML in WV - 10/1/07
posted by: Jami Thompson
This is to inform you that the US Army Corps of Engineers has finalized the Federal Register Notice for the Regional Permit for AML in WV that includes AMD projects. I know this has been a long time coming and hopefully the New Regional Permit will be a benefit to the public, the environment and those qualifying entities working on AML / AMD projects. To access the Final Federal Register Notice follow this link: http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/_kd/Items/actions.cfm?action=Show&item_id=12215&destination=ShowItem

If you have problems accessing the document or have questions, contact Rick Buckley at e-mail address rbuckley@osmre.gov or at 304-347-7162 X3024
WV's Potomac Basin Yellow Pages - 9/17/07
posted by: Jami Thompson
WV's Potomac Basin Yellow Pages ~ Printable / Downloadable version.

A listing of local and state government offices, watershed groups and nonprofits that might be useful for people who are interested in different aspects of reducing pollution to local streams.

The intended audience is people in the 8-county region of the Potomac Basin.

Attachments: 1005_PB Yellowpage updated8_23_07.pdf
WV Stream Disturbance Permitting Requirements - 8/13/07
posted by: Jami Thompson

In March of 2007, the West Virginia Watershed Network (WVWN) sponsored a statewide forum to discuss permits required when conducting remedial work in or adjacent to West Virginia Streams and Wetlands. Representatives from federal, state, and local government agencies, who regulate and permit such activities, gave presentations on the different permitting processes. At the conclusion of the forum, it was the WVWN’s goal to prepare a single document that briefly described all the various stream disturbance permits and make that available in electronic form to the public. Please click on attachment for final version.

The WVWN wishes to thank all those that contributed time and energy in helping to prepare this document and hope it proves to be a helpful tool for anyone performing remedial work around West Virginia streams and wetlands.

Attachments: 966.WV Stream Disturbance Permitting Requirements Guide.doc
Stream and Wetlands - West Virginia Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification - 7/20/07
posted by: Jami Thompson
A Guide to West Virginia's Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification for WV's Streams and Wetlands
Attachments: 931_rb-cwa 627.pdf
Stream Restoration After Flooding - 7/20/07
posted by: Jami Thompson
A Quick Guide on Emergency Flood-Related In-Stream Work
Attachments: 930_Strm Rstoratn after Flooding.pdf


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