The Watershed Assessment Branch of DEP has developed a standardized method for rapidly assessing some of the important natural functions of all types of wetlands present in West Virginia. It is called the West Virginia Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (WVWRAM). WVWRAM uses on-site observations and off-site spatial data. This is a regulatory assessment tool for agency staff and environmental professionals. It requires a knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), wetland soils, plants, hydrology, and stressors.
WVWRAM has two components: (1) GIS tool for preliminary scoring and off-site metrics, and (2) rapid field method for final scoring. Both components are required for regulatory use, but the GIS tool can be used as a stand-alone for planning purposes.
A WV Rapid Assessment Methodology Public Meeting will be held on Feburary 12th, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm at the WV DEP Charleston Headquaters Office. The meeting will focus on topics discussed in the public notice. All are welcome to attend.
WVWRAM is currently out for public review. Click the link to view the public notice WVWRAM Public Notice
Download a powerpoint presentation introducing WVWRAM
Download the WVWRAM Field Form
Download the WVWRAM User Manual
Download the WVWRAM Reference Manual (Technical Document)
Download the WVWRAM Reference Manual Appendix
View information about our WVWRAM Trainings 2019
Download the WVWRAM Database
WVWRAM GIS Tool Website
Statewide Map of Preliminary WVWRAM Scores
View mapped wetlands in West Virginia, including wetland types and preliminary wetland function (WVWRAM) scores. Note that West Virginia's wetland maps are based on the National Wetland Inventory, which was mapped in the early 1980's in our area. Many wetlands are only approximately mapped. Smaller, drier, or forested wetlands are often missing from this map. WVDEP hopes to be able to update the wetland maps after LiDAR imagery becomes available for the state.