CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), under the authority of the federal Clean Water Act Section 303(d) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Quality Planning and Management Regulations, has developed a draft list of West Virginia’s impaired streams and lakes.
The WVDEP is required to update its list of impaired waters every two years. The list, commonly known as the 303(d) List, serves as an inventory of waters for which Total Maximum Daily Loads must be developed.
The draft West Virginia 2016 Section 303(d) List may be viewed on DEP’s website here: www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/303d
An impaired water is a water body which fails to meet state water quality standards. By violating applicable water quality standards, impaired waters fail to support one or more of their designated uses, such as public drinking water supply, aquatic life propagation and maintenance, or contact recreation.
In order to allow public participation in the listing process, public comments are being accepted from July 21, 2017 to Aug. 21, 2017.
Comments may be submitted by e-mail to Stephen.A.Young@wv.gov or James.C.Laine@wv.gov or mailed to:
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management
2016 303(d) List – Attn: Stephen A. Young
601 57th Street, S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304