Citizen Services


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.

Stay Informed

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.
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Public Hearings

  • 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

Public Notices

  • 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?


Get Involved


  • Adopt-a-Highway
  • Nonpoint Source Program

    The 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

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  • Stream Partners Program

    This 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.

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  • 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.

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