Stream Partners Program

A clean, flowing stream against a background of forest.


West Virginia's Stream Partners Program is a cooperative effort amoung multiple state agencies and is housed within the WVDEP's Division of Water and Waste Management. In 1996 the West Virginia Legislature passed HB 4497. This action amended 60CSR4 of West Virginia Code and created the Stream Partners Program (SPP).

SPP is a grant program created to support the efforts of local watershed groups. A Stream Partner is a community-based organization comprised of locan citizens, industry, environmental groups, sportsmen, government, landowners and more. These stakeholders come together to improve the quality of life in and around their streams and throughout the watershed.

The Legislature appropriates an annual $100,000 from general revenue funds to be distributed as $5,000 seed grants to these organizations to complete watershed improvement projects. These grants are awarded with the approval of all four state agency directors.

West Virginia Conservation Agency

It is the purpose of the Stream Partners Program to encourage citizens to work in partnership with appropriate state agencies so that the state's rivers and streams:

  1. Are safe for swimming, fishing, and other forms of recreation

  2. Can support appropriate public and commercial purposes

  3. Can provide habitat for plant and animal life.

Learn More

More information about the Stream Partners Program can be found with the West Virginia Conservation Agency.

Contact Us

Jennifer Liddle, Environmental Resources Specialist III (She/Her)
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management
Stream Partner's Coordinator, Watershed Improvement Branch
1159 Nick Rahall Greenway
Fayetteville WV 25840
Phone: (304) 574-4465 x00294