Nonpoint Source Program


​​​​The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program is part of WVDEP's Watershed Improvement Branch (WIB). The NPS Program coordinates multi-agency and non-government organizations efforts to address nonpoint pollution by:

  • Providing assistance in the proper installation and maintenance of (BMPs)
  • Supporting citizen based watershed organizations
  • Supporting partners whose activities relate to nonpoint issues
  • Restoring impaired watersheds with nonpoint abatement projects

§319 Grants


§319 grants are used for Nonpoint Program administration and Watershed projects. Watershed projects attempt to restore waters impaired by nonpoint pollution. 303(d) listings, TMDL development and Management Plan priorities determine eligibility.

Note: §319 funds are reimbursable only; advanced payments are not allowed.

§319 Success Story

Lamberts Run

Acid mine drainage (AMD) projects to restore pollution from abandoned mines. Featured here is one of many project sites in the Lamberts Run watershed. This stream is a significant source of AMD to the West Fork River.

Programs and Resources

Below are resources and programs provided by, supported or affiliated with WIB.

  • Chesapeake Bay Program

    Since 1983, the Chesapeake Bay Program has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Bay Program partners include federal and state agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

  • In Lieu Fee Mitigation

    In Lieu Fee (ILF) Program was initiated by DEP to provide an additional tool for achieving compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to waters of the United States and state waters, including wetlands, streams and associated buffers.

  • Project WET

    Project WET is an international, interdisciplinary water science and education program for educators of all sorts - public and private school teachers, water resource professionals, youth club leaders and many others.

  • Save Our Streams

    The main purpose of WV Save Our Streams (SOS) is to encourage, train, and provide basic equipment to support volunteer monitoring.

  • Stream Partners

    Stream Partners Program (SPP) is a cooperative effort amoung multiple West Virginia Agencies and is housed within the WVDEP's Division of Water and Waste Management.

  • Watershed Pilot Program

    The intent of WPP is to assist in managing and implementing §319 projects and improve watershed oganization sustainability.

  • Homeowners Packet

    The packet provides information and tips on various problems affecting streamside homeowners and focuses on practical solutions.

  • Streambank Monitoring

    Monitoring protocols that describe methods for monitoring and evaluating the success of restoation projects with the focus on streambank/channel restoration.

  • Stormwater Assistance

    WIB's Stormwater Team provides assistance for regulated and unregulated stormwater sites in the Potomac Basin.

  • Stream Permit Guidance

    This informational guide provides a brief overview of the various permits or certifications required before remedial work is conducted in and around West Virginia streams and wetlands.

  • Watershed Groups

    Watershed groups (WGs) are dedicated groups of individuals and organizations, usually volunteers, who represent the interest of the community and the environment with a mission, goals, and plan for implementing water quality improvement projects, enhancing habitat, developing recreational activities and informing their neighbors of the importance of natural resource protection.

  • NPS Management Plan

    Clean Water Act §319 guidelines require that all State NPS Programs revise their Nonpoint Program management plan every five-years.

  • NPS Program Annual Report

    The annual report provides a summary of program accomplishments from the previous year.

  • NPS Project Information

    Examples of projects implemented and supported by §319 grant funding.

  • O&M Guidance Manual

    The purpose of this manual is to encourage watershed groups to develop plans for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of all their projects and to gather resources to carry out those plans.

  • Quality Assurance Project Plans

    Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) integrates all technical and quality aspects of a project, including planning, implementation, and assessment.

  • Business Owners Packet for Single-Use Plastic Reduction

    This packet was created for business owners to view price comparisons of common takeout containers and cutlery (single-use plastics versus green replacements) and it lists the steps to take to reduce plastic and benefit their business.

To learn more about water quality collected by WVDEP-WAB use this online tool for your queries. Click here to query data from WAB​ ambient stations and here to access benthic data. Click here for USEPA NPS outreach/education information.

§319-Supported Activities

Below are activities suppoted by §319; click the images to learn more.