Why should we, the Pocahontas County community, care about managing our water resources?

We are a community of farmers, artists, miners, teachers, students, mothers, entrepreneurs and laborers for whom water plays a crucial role in each of our distinct activities. As an example: water importance is often overlooked to beef cattle production. Beef cattle diets are balanced if vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates allow the animal achieve a desirable level of performance. Regardless of all these nutrients demands, animal performance can be affected by water intake. In fact, of all these nutrients water is the most critical to maintain a proper body growth, replace what is lost by excretion, and for a balanced functioning of all animal physiological process. Our life without water or with impaired water coming out of the tap is hard to imagine. We use water to produce valuable goods, generate new ideas and forge a better future thanks to the abundance of this resource. However, events like the recent Elk River chemical spill, bring such a possibility to the table. These type of disasters could be even more catastrophic if it happened in a headwaters county like ours, because it would result in the contamination of the entire downstream water supply, as well as discouraging tourism necessary to Pocahontas County's economy. The need for protection and emergency plans whenever disasters like this happen are some of the reasons to have a Water Resources Management Plan and be informed about it.

On a larger scale, Pocahontas county is lucky to have ample sources of water while all around the world there is a current water global crisis. The stage in most of the world is set for drought on an unprecedented scale that could lead to mass starvation, migration, etc. We are gifted residents enjoying an abundance of water, hence our responsibility to be stewards of it for the welfare of our community, for those surrounding us and for this and all generations to come.

What is the Pocahontas County Water Resources Task Force?

The Pocahontas County Water Resources Task Force (WRTF) is a volunteer group sanctioned by the Pocahontas County Commission to oversee the development and implementation of a water resources management plan for Pocahontas County.

What is a water resources management plan?

A water resources management plan (WRMP) is a comprehensive, scientifically researched planning tool for managing water resources.

Who is a water resources management plan for?

This plan is intended for anyone and everyone interested in water management in Pocahontas County. The resources that comprise this plan may be used by agency representatives, local government, educators, residents, and visitors alike.

How do I use Pocahontas County’s WRMP?

This website is your key to unlocking the WRMP. It allows you to download all the data and documents (reports, sub-plans, etc.) which make up the plan. Additionally, it links to other relevant resources on the internet, and gives you access to spatial data via the mapping tool. We invite you to dive in and explore all this plan has to offer. If you have questions about how to apply this plan in your daily life, or if you’d like a WRTF representative to give a presentation on the WRMP for your organization, please contact us at

Are there regulations attached to Pocahontas County’s water resource management plan?

No. There is no regulatory component to Pocahontas County’s Water Resources Management Plan. This plan is built on the assumption that the people of Pocahontas County each want to do their part to ensure future generations have the benefit of enjoying our abundant water resources. Thus, implementation of this plan is intended to happen on a strictly voluntary basis.

How did the WRTF determine what to put in Pocahontas County’s WRMP?

Pocahontas County’s WRMP includes all the requirements laid out by the West Virginia State Legislature in SB 641 §22-26-1, The Water Resources Protection and Management Act. If you are interested in seeing a complete list of these requirements, check out the DEP Methodology document in the Assessment Tools section of this site.

In addition, this plan was developed with significant input from various local stakeholders. Based on surveys collected from local farmers, agency representatives, officials, and the general citizenry of Pocahontas County, WRTF expanded this plan to include additional components not required by the state.