Publication Date:    January 14, 2015

Expiration Date:    February 14, 2015

State Water Quality Certification, as required by Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, has been requested of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) for:

Lost River Watershed Site #16 Project
Project Name

Potomac Valley Conservation District, 500 East Main Street, Romney, WV  26757
Name and Address of Applicant

SCOPE OF CERTIFICATION:  Pursuant to Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act, the State may, either certify, certify with conditions, deny or waive certification that the proposed activity will comply with Sections 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Federal Clean Water Act and other appropriate requirements of State law.  When issuing certification, the WVDEP may consider the proposed activity’s impact on water resources, fish and wildlife, recreation, critical habitats, wetlands and other natural resources under its jurisdiction.  Procedural and interpretive regulations governing the scope of the Department’s certification, public comment, hearings and appeals are in Title 47, Series 5A.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ACTIVITY:  Provide a description which details the activity proposed for the wetland, river or stream to be affected.

Construct a multipurpose flood control and water supply impoundment on Lower Cove Run, tributary to Lost River, Hardy County.  The dam will be approx. 90 ft. in height and create a 47-acre reservoir.  PVCD has applied to the US Army Corps of Engineers for a Section 404 Clean Water Act Permit for permanent and temporary impacts to waterways and wetlands associated with the construction of the Lost River 16 Project.  As part of that application, PVCD has also applied for 401 Water Quality Certification from WVDEP.

PROJECT LOCATION:  Provide topographic or county highway map showing location of project and include mile point for rivers and streams.

From Lost River State Park in Mathias, WV travel southeast on Howards Lick Road for approx. 3.5 miles.  Turn left onto WV-259 North and travel approx. 4 miles.  Turn right onto WV-59 (Lower Cove Run Road) and continue for approx. .5 miles.  The project site is on the right.

INFORMATION AVAILABLE:  The Water Quality Certification application is available for inspection between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the following location:

WV Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management
401 Certification Program
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, West Virginia  25304

COMMENTS:  Comments and information relating to Section 401 Water Quality Certification for this activity are hereby solicited.  Such information on the activity’s impact will be considered if postmarked prior to the expiration date of this notice.  The need for a public hearing will be determined based on an evaluation of specific request for such hearing.  All comments and information should be mailed to:

WV Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management
401 Certification Program
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304

Comments and information postmarked later than the expiration date may not be considered.