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To better serve the people of West Virginia, the WVDEP dedicates resources to providing information to citizens and communities about environmental issues in their area and how to address them. The WVDEP offers programs geared towards citizen outreach and involvement, education, cleanup and recycling, and community assistance, as well as provides tools to help the public stay informed. We are ready to work with the citizens and communities of West Virginia to ensure that we are accomplishing our mission of promoting a healthy environment.

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston Headquarters
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
Fax: (304) 926-0446
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Resources

  • WVDEP Citizen's Guide

    Revised: 2018
    The DEP Citizen's Guide is a document intented to introduce citizens to the divisions within DEP as well as provide guidance and insight for requesting information, public participation into rulemaking processes, filing environmental complaints, and more.

  • DEP Quick Guide

    Revised: 2019
    The DEP Quick Guide lists the contact information for each DEP field office as well as contact information for each DEP division and support office.

  • Environment Matters on YouTube

    Informative videos covering an array of environmental topics, how they impact you, and more. Producted in-house by our Public Information Office.

Overview

To help keep citizens aware of important environmental topics, the WVDEP provides information on these issues and ways to address them.

Check out the resources here to learn more about what is important to you and your community.

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston Headquarters
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
Fax: (304) 926-0446

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Local air quality affects how we live and breathe. Like the weather, it can change from day to day or even hour to hour. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others are working to make information about outdoor air quality as available to the public as information about the weather. A key tool in this effort is the Air Quality Index or AQI. USEPA and the Division of Air Quality use this standardized system to provide the public with timely and easy-to-understand information on local air quality and whether air pollution levels pose a health concern

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a standardized system to provide the public with timely and easy-to-understand information on local air quality and whether air pollution levels pose a health concern.

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Renu Chakarabarty
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0475
Email: Renu.M.Chakrabarty@wv.gov

Algae blooms caused by species capable of producing toxins are called Harmful Algal Blooms or HABs. Toxins produced by cyanobacteria are collectively referred to as cyanotoxins. These toxins can affect the liver, nervous system and/or the skin of people, pets, and wildlife. Children are more susceptible, than adults, to the effects of cyanotoxins. Cyanotoxins may be present before a visible bloom, during a bloom, or after a bloom. Cyanotoxins may persist in the environment for months or years after a bloom. Cyanotoxins and/or cyanobacteria blooms can float downstream affecting other areas. Harmful Algal Blooms are not restricted to lakes; they can form in rivers and streams as well. However, Harmful Algal Blooms tend to occur in calm, stratified waters.

DEP offers several mailing lists to which you can subscribe. The lists will allow you to receive immediate notifications announcing statewide press releases on various topics, permits open for public comment and review, draft permits for water and coal under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, air quality, solid waste, hazardous waste and voluntary remediation notices.

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Nationally, U.S. EPA is working to reduce diesel exhaust emissions from many types of sources. These emissions are being reduced in West Virginia through partnerships with our sister agencies to help protect our environment at schools, via public transit, and on our highways.

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WVDEP
Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0475

Energy efficiency means using less energy to accomplish the same task. The idea is to eventually reduce our energy consumption and demands without diminishing our quality of life. Becoming more energy efficient will save you money, reduce pollution and ease energy demands within the economy.

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WVDEP
Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0475
Fax: (304) 926-0479

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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WVDEP
Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0475
Fax: (304) 926-0479

The mission of the Public Information Office is to provide information to the public about the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and its work to promote a healthy environment.

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WVDEP
Public Information Office
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
Fax: (304) 926-0446


Public Notices and Hearings

The WVDEP issues public notices to allow for public input before issuing permits or implementing new regulations. Public participation is a vital piece of the environmental process and we want to ensure residents have the opportunity to engage the WVDEP during this process.

Public notices are printed in local newspapers and are available on the WVDEP website. To view agency notifications or receive them via email, click here. Our Public Notice calendar is also available on this page.

Public hearings are held to give the public the opportunity to submit comments or information to the WVDEP about the proposed permit or rule. Requests for a public hearing should be sent within the comment period listed on the public notice.

More information about public hearings is available in the WVDEP Citizen's Guide.

Overview

The WVDEP oversees numerous programs that allow citizens to contribute to the environmental health of our State.

From recycling and litter-control grants to Adopt-A-Highway and Save Our Streams programs, we aid citizens and communities who want to keep West Virginia a great place to live, work, and play.

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston Headquarters
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
Fax: (304) 926-0446

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The Adopt-A-Highway Program is co-sponsored by the Division of Highways and the Department of Environmental Protection. It was established in the late 1980s under the DNR (now a REAP Program) to improve the quality of our environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Its objective is to save taxpayers money by increasing public awareness and to serve as an educational tool by focusing on the consequences which result when littering is allowed to continue unchecked. The program offers volunteers the opportunity to take charge of their environment by making a positive effort to create a cleaner, more aesthetic place in which to live.

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Kim Smith, Coordinator
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49763
Toll Free: (800) 322-5530
Email: Kim.L.Smith@wv.gov

Since 2002, West Virginia has been a formal partner in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. Our state signed on to the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), which was released on December 29, 2010, established the foundation for water quality improvements embodied in the new Agreement. It drives the nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reductions West Virginia committed to in our Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).

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Alana Hartman
22288 Northwestern Pike
Romney, WV 26757
Phone: (304) 822-7266
Email: Alana.C.Hartman@wv.gov

Did you know that you don't just have to send your e-waste (computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices) to the landfill when it has reached the end of its useful life? As of April 2010, the law in West Virginia establishs a registration process for manufacturers of covered electronic devices, to determine if manufacturers have adopted or implemented a takeback/recycling program for their products that is free to the public and to award recycling grants to counties and municipalities for recycling or other programs that divert covered electronic devices from the waste stream.

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Lisa Facemyer
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49757
Email: Lisa.I.Facemyer@wv.gov

The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program is part of WVDEP's Watershed Improvement Branch (WIB). The NPS Program coordinates multi-agency and non-government organizations efforts to address nonpoint pollution by: Providing assistance in the proper installation and maintenance of (BMPs), Supporting citizen based watershed organizations, Supporting partners whose activities relate to nonpoint issues, Restoring impaired watersheds with nonpoint abatement projects.

§319 grants are used for Nonpoint Program administration and Watershed projects. Watershed projects attempt to restore waters impaired by nonpoint pollution. 303(d) listings, TMDL development and Management Plan priorities determine eligibility.

Operation Wildflower has brought beauty and diversity to West Virginia highways for many years. The program has been and continues to be, an asset to the Mountain State. The program began in 1990 under the DNR with a test site on I-64 near Huntington, West Virginia. The success of the site led to the expansion of the program to include donations from garden clubs and the public. Today, more than 250 acres of wildflowers grow on state roads, including sites on every interstate highway.

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Kim Smith, Coordinator
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49763
Toll Free: (800) 322-5530
Email: Kim.L.Smith@wv.gov

The Open Dump Cleanup Program uses landfill fees to clean up illegal dumps and to gather evidence to prosecute illegal dumping activity. Currently the program has completed more than 15,000 projects that have resulted in the removal of an estimated 147,000 tons of material, including 26,000 tons of steel, 62,000 appliances and over 2,000,000 tires. There are an estimated 15,000 open dumps across WV. The efforts of the PPOD average up to 900 dumps removed yearly, at a total of 9,500 tons/year. With assistance from volunteers, solid waste authorities, and county commissions, PPOD has been able to reclaim 10,504 acres of WV land as of September 30, 2010.

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Greg Rote, Supervisor
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49779
Email: Gregory.A.Rote@wv.gov

Since 2005, the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan strives to clean up West Virginia and rid the state of unsightly litter. The REAP initiative harbors all of the state cleanup programs within the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. REAP is a powerful force in the campaign against illegal dumping and littering. REAP focuses on cleanup efforts from both program staff and volunteers statewide. In a unique partnership, the program empowers citizens to take ownership of their communities by providing technical, financial, and resource assistance in cleanup efforts.

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Sandy Rogers, Program Manager
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49762
Email: Sandra.D.Rogers@wv.gov

The Recycling section was established in 1989 to ensure compliance with the West Virginia Natural Resources Laws (Chapter 20, Article 11) before moving to the REAP program. This section is responsible for administering the following programs which have been developed and implemented to meet our goals. We also provide support in the following areas: public education programs and recycling market development.

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Lisa Facemyer
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49757
Email: Lisa.I.Facemyer@wv.gov

The implementation of water quality improvement projects in West Virginia is a coordinated effort of state, federal, and local government working in cooperation with citizen groups and other NGOs who are passionate about environmental issues and dedicated to improving the quality of life within their watershed. WVDEP coordinates these efforts through the Division of Water and Waste Management, Nonpoint Source Program, 106 and Stream Partners.

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water & Waste Management
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0495

Each year, REAP's PPOD Program conducts tire collection events across the state. At least one collection event is held in each county. During these events, individuals with proof of WV residency can dispose of ten tires in a safe way. PPOD is also responsible for the removal of tires piles located across the state. During 2009, more than 400,000 tires were collected and/or removed from West Virginia's landscape.

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Travis Cooper
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49754
Toll Free: (800) 322-5530
Email: Travis.L.Cooper@wv.gov

The WV Make It Shine Program is a comprehensive program aimed at making WV the cleanest state in the nation. Throughout the state, groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations, and local governments are working to accomplish this goal. It is the responsibility of the WV Make It Shine Program to coordinate the effort of these people to make our state shine. The WV Make It Shine Program is involved in several events each year.

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2021 Spring Cleanup

Applications for the 2021 Spring Cleanup (May 1 through May 15) are now available. Applications are due April 2, 2021.

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Travis Cooper
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49754
Toll Free: (800) 322-5530
Email: Travis.L.Cooper@wv.gov

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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Educating the public on how they can be good environmental stewards is one way the WVDEP accomplishes its mission of promoting a healthy environment. Through outreach programs, resource guides, fact sheets, and other educational materials, we help citizens learn how environmental conditions can impact their lives and how they can protect West Virginia’s resources.

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston Headquarters
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
Fax: (304) 926-0446

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The mission of the Dam Safety Section is to protect lives and property from the danger of a dam failure. Public safety is accomplished by ensuring that dams are constructed, rehabilitated, maintained, operated, or removed in a safe manner.

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Delbert Shriver, Program Manager
2031 Pleasant Valley Road
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 368-3955 x49751
Fax: (304) 368-3953
Email: Delbert.G.Shriver@wv.gov

Due to their complexity, air quality issues are often difficult to convey. In 2006, the Division of Air Quality formed an "outreach" team to explore more contemporary ways of communicating with the public. The team includes personnel from all sections and job classifications of the agency. Expenditures are paid for from the DAQ's Air Pollution Education and Environment Fund, funded by enforcement settlements.

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Stephanie Hammonds
Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0475
Fax: (304) 926-0479
Email: Stephanie.E.Hammonds@wv.gov

The mobile aquarium highlights partnerships between the Division of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Protection in which both agencies strive to improve water quality, conserve resources, and restore fish habitat. Although the aquarium’s primary purpose is to assist with stream surveys, it also functions as a unique teaching tool at public events. At these events, children and adults alike can observe the diversity of fish species native to West Virginia.

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Terry Fletcher
Public Information Office
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x49720
Email: Terry.A.Fletcher@wv.gov

Our Enviro Fact Sheets are infographics published by our Public Information Office explaining how various environmental control processes work.

Acid mine drainage (AMD) is water contaminated when pyrite (iron sulfide) is exposed to air and water. The exposure often results in reactions that form sulfuric acid and dissolved iron. Some or all of this iron can precipitate to form the red, orange, or yellow sediments (yellowboy) on the streambed. The acid runoff further dissolves heavy metals such as aluminum, copper, lead and manganese. The rate and degree which acid can increase mine drainage proceeds by the action of certain bacteria. Note: There is also basic mine drainage (BMD).

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Timothy Craddock
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
Fax: (304) 368-3953
Email: Timothy.D.Craddock@wv.gov

A compiled list of services available in West Virginia for disposing of various types of hazardous waste. These lists are produced for convenience only and are not an endorsement of any company by WVDEP. These lists contains only companies known to provide services within West Virginia.

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Penny Harris
1149 Nick Rahall Greenway
Fayetteville, WV 25840
Phone: (304) 574-4471
Email: Penny.L.Harris@wv.gov

Project WET is an international, interdisciplinary water science and education program for educators of all sorts - public and private school teachers, water resource professionals, youth club leaders and many others. Project WET workshops are FREE and conducted throughout the state.

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Tomi Bergstrom, Program Coordinator
Watershed Improvement Branch
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x43862
Email: Tomi.B.Bergstrom@wv.gov

Septic tank systems are very much like people. They need periodic check-ups and proper care to remain healthy and function properly. Also like humans, they must have a proper diet and cannot over indulge to excess without the homeowner suffering dire consequences (repair bills).

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The Watershed Improvement Branch Stormwater Team provides assistance for regulated and unregulated stormwater sites in the Potomac Basin. The team researches information about stormwater in order to provide the best available techniques as they relate to the requirements of their permit and provides guidance for others who want to manage their stormwater and learn more about low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure. The team also tracks and reports BMP data to WVDEP's Stormwater Program and the Chesapeake Bay Program as needed.

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The program is sponsored by the DEP. It is designed to unite existing youth groups such as 4-H clubs, scouts, kindergarten, elementary, junior high/middle and high schools, FFA chapters, church youth fellowships, and others toward the common goal of Making West Virginia Shine! The program provides incentive to the groups to actively participate in environmental projects such as litter cleanups, recycling drives and tree plantings. It creates an interest and enthusiasm for preserving our natural resources, with more than $15,000 in cash and other awards including a college scholarship.

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Annette Hoskins
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x41347
Fax: (304) 957-0338
Email: Annette.L.Hoskins@wv.gov