Public Meeting on Water Quality Standards Set for Jan. 27


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Quality Standards Program will hold the first quarterly meeting of 2016 on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public meeting will be held at DEP headquarters in Charleston at 601 57th Street SE.

The focus of this quarterly meeting will be on the application of Category A drinking water use designation in West Virginia’s Water Quality Standards (WQS) rule (47 CSR 2). As required by House Bill 2283 passed during the 2015 legislative session, and as part of the 2017 triennial review of WQS, DEP will be considering potential alternative applications for the Category A designation. The agency will take into consideration stream flow, stream depth, and distance to public water intakes.

The agency has received public comments both for and against making changes to the interpretation of 47 CSR 2 as it pertains to Category A use designation. This meeting will allow the opportunity for a public discussion of this topic, and allow for interested parties to put forth information and ideas. Related materials in advance of this meeting may be found as they become available at:

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Jake Glance
(304) 926-0499 ext 1335