As a citizen of West Virginia, there are many
ways you can interact with Department of Environmental Protection to
help us promote a healthy environment. This page will introduce you to
the WV DEP and show you some of the ways you can get in touch with us.
Knowledge is power, and we're here to help. WVDEP offers guidance
and notifications for activities that impact our environment.
Burn Safely and Legally
Know the law about open burning. Open
burning is illegal. Open air burning is a sort of tradition, but every
time we burn outdoors, we contribute to air pollution in our area.
Whether it's waste from yards, home, businesses, or land-clearing, it
all adds up to unhealthy air.
- Describe what a public hearing is, why it is important, and why someone may want to attend.
- How do I know about a public hearing in my area / that affects me?
- Brief into to DEP mailing lists
- Describe what typically goes out in a public noice and why someone may want to receive them.
- How do I sign up to receive public notices?
- Nonpoint Source Program
Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program is part of WVDEP's Watershed Improvement
Branch (WIB). WIBs mission is “To inspire and empower people to value
and work for clean water”.
West Virginia's Nonpoint Source (NPS)
Program coordinates multi-agency and non-government organizations
efforts to address nonpoint pollution by:
* Providing assistance in the proper installation and maintenance of best management practices
* Supporting citizen based watershed organizations
* Supporting partners whose activities relate to nonpoint issues
* Restoring impaired watersheds with nonpoint abatement projects
- Stream Partners Program
program is a grant program created to support the efforts of the local
watershed volunteers. A Stream Partner is a community-based organization
comprised of local citizens, industry, environmental groups, sportsmen,
local government, and landowners that are interested in improving the
quality of life in and around their stream and watershed.
- WV Save Our Streams
The mission of WV Save Our Streams (SOS)
is to promote the preservation and restoration of our state's waters by
providing an understanding of their ecological integrity. This mission
is accomplished by conducting workshops, training volunteers on how to
monitor their local wadeable streams and rivers.