WV Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (WVWRAM)

Overview

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.
  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.


WVWRAM Public Meeting

A WV Rapid Assessment Methodology Public Meeting was held on February 12th, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm at the WV DEP Charleston Headquarters Office. The meeting focused on topics discussed in the public notice.

Public Meeting Documents


Resources

Documents

  • WVWRAM Introduction

    PowerPoint presentation on introduction to WV Wetland Rapid Assessment Method.

  • WVWRAM Field Form

    West Virginia Wetland Rapid Assessment Datasheet.

  • WVWRAM User Manual

    The West Virginia Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (WVWRAM) is a standardized protocol for rapidly assessing the functions, services, values, and condition of wetlands.

  • WVWRAM Reference Manual

    This technical document describes the data analysis and formulas behind the two-part wetland assessment method, which consists of a rapid field assessment and GIS assessment.

  • WVWRAM Reference Manual Appendix

    ArcGIS procedures and Python 2.7.

  • WVWRAM Trainings 2019

    Information about our WVWRAM Trainings 2019.

Links

  • WVWRAM Access Database

    Microsoft Access database for entering field data and final scoring.
    Database Credentials (user/pass):
    Modify Data: user/user1
    View Data: viewer/viewer1

  • WVWRAM GIS Tool

    GIS tool for preliminary scoring and off-site metrics.

  • 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.​