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:
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 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 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.
The packet provides information and tips on various problems affecting streamside homeowners and focuses on practical solutions.
Monitoring protocols that describe methods for monitoring and evaluating the success of restoation projects with the focus on streambank/channel restoration.
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 (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.