Currently, safe yield is not being exceeded in any watershed in Pocahontas County. The large quantity users in the county consume less than 1% of the safe yield for the annual values, and less than 2% of safe yield values in the summer. The only exception to this is in the Stony Creek basin, which contains the Edray Fish Hatchery. Even if this basin, however, the water consumed is only 5.4% of the annual groundwater safe yield and 17.63% of summer groundwater safe yield.
There are eight HUC-12 watersheds in the county which contain large quantity water users (those consuming more than 750,000 gallons/month, as defined by the WV DEP). All eight of these basins are considered SWRAs as it is prudent to continue to monitor demand on water resources in these areas. Although there have been no exceedances of either surface water or groundwater safe yield, safe yield values are cumulative for entire basins. Thus, there is still potential for water shortfalls in individual streams or groundwater aquifers, particularly during times of drought. Increases in water consumption or additional water users should be monitored to maintain safe water withdrawals within each of these basins.read more →