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WRTF Presentation to Pocahontas County Commission 2.4.2014

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Lynmarie Knight

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Transcript of WRTF Presentation to Pocahontas County Commission 2.4.2014

Pocahontas County
Water Resources Management Plan

Phase 2: Objectives, Analysis, Tools, Implementation Plan
Where are we now?
Pocahontas County's WRMP is the only countywide WRMP in WV to be filed with the WV DEP
website and summary document review
5 year implementation plan is complete
new WRC on board
complete water resources inventory and assessment
Phase 1: Water Resources Assessment
Phase I Report published in February 2012
project development and stakeholder planning
identify data and information gaps
define WRMP objectives
§22-26-9. Regional water resources management plans; critical planning areas.

(f) Any county or municipal government may enter into an agreement with the secretary to designate a local planning area and develop a local plan which may include all or part of a region. The secretary shall assist in development of any such plan to the extent practicable with existing staff and funding.

(g) Plans developed by a county or municipal government shall comply with the secretary's requirements and shall be filed as part of the State Water Resources Management Plan.
Water Resources Protection and Management Act
Pocahontas County Water Resources Task Force
formed by Pocahontas County Commission at the behest of citizens
first meetings in late 2008, early 2009
Creating a model for a countywide WRMP
What is a Water Resources Management Plan?
a scientifically researched tool used for managing water resources
used to help kick-start successful water management program
publicly available for use by local government, agencies, businesses, industry, farmers/land owners and all citizens of Pocahontas County
How does a county create a WRMP?
We researched other rural counties with WRMPs (Elko County, NV, Rice County, MN, Albermarle County, VA, Carroll County, MD).
The case studies we looked at utilized resources not yet available to Pocahontas County, namely county staff (water resources/natural resources managers, environmental planners, engineers, etc.) and state & county funding.
Creating a WRMP for Pocahontas Co.
We've worked with the resources we have to create a WRMP as the county asked us to do. There is no regulatory component. Successful implementation relies on continued funding.
Resources utilized to create Pocahontas County's WRMP

Local Government -
Pocahontas County Commission (fiscal agent, provided
for 2013 summer internship & supplies), Health Dept., Sanitation Dept., County Floodplain Manager, local mayors, Pocahontas County PSD
State Government -
start up funding, free training, collaboration), WV DNR, WV Legislature
Federal Government -

Phase I funding), SRS Title II funding (
awarded by WV Resource Advisory Committee, administered by USFS), AmeriCorps VISTA (
WRTF Staff -
part time Water Resources Coordinator (on board since August 2011, grant funded)
Local Stakeholders -

WRTF steering committee volunteers (
), local agency representatives (USFS, WVU Extension Service, WV DEP basin coordinator, local DNR representatives), NRAO, local business/industry representatives, local farmers, community members
refine existing and project future water use estimates
refine hydrologic connections
fill data and information gaps
Water Monitoring Plans
(groundwater monitoring, water quality monitoring)
Assessment Tools
(safe yield, groundwater & surface water vulnerability, septic & floodplain analysis, GIS data, web mapping)
Implementation Tools
(website, summary document, 5 year implementation schedule)
Strategic Water Resource Areas
(based on source water protection, safe yield, groundwater vulnerability, current watershed efforts/plans)
designate strategic water resource areas for the county
Thank you !
Lynmarie Knight
Pocahontas County
Water Resources Task Force
continued government support
continued stakeholder support
source water protection
groundwater monitoring
water quality monitoring
Did I mention staff ?...
What does an effective Water Resources Management program require?
Why do we need effective Water Resources Management in Pocahontas County ?
We are a unique headwaters county (Cherry, Cranberry, Elk, Gauley, Greenbrier, Shavers Fork of Cheat, Tygart Valley, and Williams)
Karst topography
proactive rather than reactive
advantages of local input and "boots on the ground"
communication/collaboration between all stakeholders
water is a hugely important resource for all of us
County funds - $2,000
Outside funds + volunteer hours = $268,092
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