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Neither the Pocahontas County Commission nor the Pocahontas County Water Resources Task Force assumes responsibility for the accuracy of this information. Although a lot of hard work went into this mapping tool, the data herein comes from several organizations. Thus, persons using this information should take great care to verify its accuracy and ensure proper understanding prior to use for any project or reason.

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Please note, in order to refine these safe yield calculations, much more data is needed. The only water consumption data currently available for Pocahontas County is the WV DEP’s large quantity user dataset. Thus, all water consumers using less than 750,000 gallons/month are not accounted for in this analysis. You will notice on this map that most watersheds show 0 mgd of water consumption.

Although we know that in all likelihood there is some amount of water being consumed, we cannot quantify it without data. Given this, the “remaining safe yield” figures may be somewhat inaccurate. The Pocahontas County WRTF hopes to build a better water consumption database in the coming years in order to more precisely calculate safe yield. If you have water consumption data you are willing to share, please email us at pocahontash2o@gmail.com.

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West Virginia has no water quality standard for TSS. While it has a standard for turbidity, this standard is only applied using monitoring data from above and below sediment sources, and is therefore not an appropriate metric to assess whether an entire watershed is meeting its sediment goals.

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Pocahontas County

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Pocahontas County

Pocahontas County is the third largest county in West Virginia with a land mass of approximately 940 square miles. It boasts the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi River and is home to over 340,000 acres of public land. This includes five state parks, two state forests, and more than one third of the Monongahela National Forest. Over one million tourists visit the county each year and one out of four jobs in the county is generated by travel and tourism. Visit the Pocahontas County Commission and the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau online for more information.
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Rivers and Streams

Pocahontas County, West Virginia is often referred to as the “Birthplace of Rivers” as it is home to the headwaters of eight rivers: The Cherry, Cranberry, Elk, Gauley, Greenbrier, Shavers Fork of the Cheat, Tygart Valley, and Williams. In fact, all the surface water in Pocahontas County originates here. There are over 880 total miles of streams in the county as well as seven lakes and reservoirs. The eight rivers that get their start in Pocahontas County are within five HUC-8 subbasins: the Elk, Cheat, Tygart Valley, Gauley, and Greenbrier River basins. These subbasins can be further broken down into HUC-10 watersheds and HUC-12 subwatersheds. Pocahontas County contains all or part of 30 HUC-12 subwatersheds.

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Water Monitoring Locations

The single existing USGS groundwater monitoring well has been tested only three times, all in the mid-1980s. Many of the contaminants tested did not exceed standards. It would be valuable to study this well again, using the data from the 1980s as a baseline, and to set up monitoring wells in other parts of the county. Newer data would better illustrate the current groundwater quality and how it changes seasonally and over time. more...

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