EPA approves state water report

HNN Staff
Ohio River Huntington West Virginia
Ohio River Huntington West Virginia
A comprehensive report detailing the health of the state’s
waters and a listing of impaired streams and lakes
statewide has been approved by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency.


The Department of Environmental Protection submitted the
West Virginia 2010 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and
Assessment Report to the federal agency for review and
approval after soliciting public input. The report was
approved Feb. 8.

The report fulfills requirements of Section 303(d) and
Section 305(b) of the federal Clean Water Act. Section 303
(d) requires the creation of a list of impaired streams and
lakes in the state and Section 305(b) necessitates an
overall assessment of West Virginia’s waters.

The DEP’s Division of Water and Waste Management’s
Watershed Assessment Branch compiled, evaluated and
summarized all readily available water quality data for
West Virginia’s waters. The integrated report contains
assessment methodologies and results, information on Total
Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development, water pollution
control programs and various other water resource
management issues. The 303(d) list is used for TMDL
selection and development in West Virginia. A TMDL is a
plan of action used to clean up streams not meeting water
quality standards.

Individuals may request a CD version of the West Virginia
2010 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
Report or download all or part of the report from
www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/303d.

For more information about the report or to request a CD
version, please contact Steve Young at (304) 926-0495, ext.
1042.

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