EPA §319 Project Tours

EPA Tour 2024

On June 4th and 5th 2024 representatives from WVDEPs Watershed Improvement Branch in coordination with our partners Friends of the Cheat and Friends of Deckers Creek hosted EPA Region III and guests on a tour of §319 project sites. The majority of the sites were acid mine drainage treatment systems, both active and passive, plus a few future sedimentation projects. A map, photos and a summary of the tour is provided below.

Map of Project Sites


Tour Photos

The tour group discusses FOC's future sediment project at the Jenkinsburg river access  

Tour Summary

The summary document provides a list of the projects visited, and a very brief description. A few project sites visited include Muddy Creek Phase II and Dillan Creek II Muddy Creek goal was to upgrade the treatment system and eliminate the ineffective steel-slag treatment. The Dillan Creek goal was to capture an abandoned seep and effectively treat the discharge. To learn more about other projects click the links provided in the summary document.


Tour highlights and interviews from the 2024 EPA §319 project tour.

EPA Tour 2022

On November 2nd and 3rd 2022, §319 and Chesapeake Bay Program partners gave EPA project officers a tour of West Virginia's many nonpoint projects in the Eastern Panhandle. The two-days were fully loaded with a wide variety of projects in various stages of completion, plus we highlighted several projects of the past that are still making improvements to the local streams. Projects included multiple stream restoration and enhancements, tree-planting and riparian development, porous pavers, conservation easements, examples of outreach and more. Below are select summary reports from our partners, as well as a link to the photos taken along the way and our tour map.

Map of 2022 Project Sites


2022 Tour Photos

EPA tour members near an open field at a WV visitor's center  

Canaan Valley Institute

Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) has received CWA §319, Chesapeake Bay and other grant funds to undertake a number of stream restoration projects to reduce the level of sediment pollution in the Opequon Creek watershed. The Opequon Creek watershed is the number one priority in West Virginia's Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort. Projects sites include:
Tuscarora Creek dam removal and stream restoration - Mill Creek stream restoration - Mill Creek natural stream channel design (pastureland) - 2nd Tuscarora Creek dam removal and stream restoration.

WV Conservation Agency

Projects completed by the West Virginia Conservation Agency include:
Tree planting and pet waste control at Elks Run Sam Michaels Park - Porous paver demonstrations at communities and an education center near Berkeley Springs - Stream restoration projects along Back Creek and Sleepy Creek - Conservation easements.

EPA Tour 2019

From November 12 through 14 2019, USEPA Region 3 project officers toured §319 project sites in Piney Creek, Second Creek, Indian Creek and Anthony Creek. A stop at the National Fish Hatchery constructed wetland/stream restoration was also included. State and local partners in this region include local landowners, Piney Creek Watershed Association, Greenbrier River Watershed Association, WV Conservation Agency and the local Conservation District. Federal partners include USEPA and NRCS. Included below are photos, reports and other relevant documents.