WRMP - Water Monitoring Plans

Through the development of this plan, it became resoundingly clear that more data is needed on the water resources in the county. Two water monitoring plans have been developed in response to this issue: water quality monitoring plan and a groundwater monitoring plan. The latter is especially important as there is currently very little information about groundwater resources in the county. Both of these water monitoring plans are ready to be implemented, pending available funding. Click on the links below to access downloadable pdf versions of these plans.

Water Quality Monitoring Plan

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In order to supplement existing water quality data, and in direct response to requests from local stakeholders, a water quality monitoring plan has been developed as part of the Pocahontas County WRMP. Additional water quality data will allow for a more thorough assessment of the water quality baseline in the county. WRTF personnel and volunteers will collect water quality field measurements at routine intervals from established surface water sites (see Section 3.2) for the following field parameters: alkalinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, iron, nitrate-nitrogen, pH, turbidity, temperature, and stream flow. These measurements will establish trends over time and function as indicators of when confirmatory sampling and laboratory analysis may be warranted.

Additionally, this plan will be used to collect water samples in watersheds considered impaired for fecal coliform with the following objectives:

    • confirm fecal contamination issues reported in the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study performed on the Greenbrier River watershed (Tetra Tech, 2008),
    • pinpoint potential sources of fecal coliform pollution in order to inform the development of programs to mitigate the pollution, and
    • utilize the results to inform citizens about the issue and what can be done to minimize the pollution.

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    Groundwater Monitoring Plan

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    Implementing a groundwater monitoring plan is an important step in developing an understanding of the quantity and quality of local and/or regional groundwater systems. Long-term groundwater monitoring can allow for the identification of seasonal and/or anthropogenically- induced changes to water levels and water quality. Pocahontas County, surrounding counties, and the state of West Virginia could all benefit from the collection of additional data within the county. This groundwater monitoring plan is designed to address the West Virginia Code of State Rules (WV CSR) §22-26-8(c)(3), that requires the development of a “plan for the development of the infrastructure necessary to identify the groundwater resources of each region of this state…”

    Developing an effective groundwater monitoring network is a long-term endeavor. Data collected from one-time sampling or monitoring events are generally of limited value in developing an understanding of local hydrogeology. Since financial support for the implementation of a groundwater monitoring plan is uncertain, three plan versions (Tiers 1 – 3) have been developed to provide options at different funding levels. This plan lays out proposed objectives, design, methods, and costs for three different versions of a countywide groundwater monitoring plan.

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