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The Department of Environmental Protection, under the authority of the federal Clean Water Act, Section 303(d) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’ s Water Quality Planning and Management Regulations, 40 CFR Part 130.7 has developed a draft list of West Virginia’ s impaired streams and lakes.

An “impaired water” is a water body, which, due to a pollutant or combination of pollutants, fails to meet state water quality standards. By violating applicable water quality standards, impaired waters fail to support one or more of their designated uses such as, public drinking water supply, aquatic life propagation and maintenance, or contact recreation.

The WVDEP is required to update its list of impaired waters every two years. The list, commonly known as the 303(d) List, is compiled from readily available information and serves as an inventory of waters for which Total Maximum Daily Loads must be developed.

In order to allow public participation in the listing process, a public comment period began July 21, 2017. The comment period ends August 21, 2017.

Comments may be submitted by e-mail to AND or via U.S. mail to:

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management
2016 303(d) List – Attn: Stephen A. Young
601 57th Street, S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304

The draft West Virginia 2016 Section 303(d) List may be viewed on DEP’ s Web site,

For more information about the impaired streams list, please contact Steve Young or Jim Laine at (304) 926-0495.