This report is a continuation to the Lower New River State of the Watershed Report and highlights the water quality improvement projects being implemented to restore the health of Wolf Creek.
The following report provides a brief summary in the methodology associated with the landuse change analysis component of Coalfield Environmental Health Project. The objectives were: (1) to analyze surface disturbance associated with surface mining operations managed by Frasure Creek Mining, LLC, (2) to monitor the potential boundary conflict with a source water protection area and (3) to create educational maps documenting the analysis.
This report provides an assessment of the river’s current health and a basic roadmap to guide the people of the Lower New as we work to promote clean water. The goal is to improve water quality in the Lower New River and its tributaries to sustain its environmental, cultural, recreational, and economic benefits. Our approach is to identify the issues, incorporate community input, focus priorities, and set the stage for improving water quality in the Lower New. Everyone who values clean water in the New River region has a role, including those who fish, boat, swim, live, work, visit, or have family ties in the area. This report serves as an invitation to all to get involved and help restore our river.
This watershed-based plan covers the entire Wolf Creek watershed in Fayette County, West Virginia from the headwaters near Oak Hill to its confluence with the New River near the Fayette Station Bridge (Figure 1). Streams within the Wolf Creek watershed are impaired by high levels of iron, aluminum, and fecal coliform bacteria, as well as low pH. In addition, biological impairments are caused by organic enrichment and sedimentation. Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) have been calculated for the Wolf Creek watershed as part of a broader TMDL report for the New River (Tetra Tech, 2008).
Lombardo Associates, Inc. (LAI) in association with Stafford Consultants, Inc. were contracted to develop wastewater management solutions to protect the public health and safety for the citizens of Fayette County. Solutions focused on upgrading and expanding the existing sewer system as necessary, developing cluster systems to serve villages throughout the County as appropriate, and repairing and upgrading individual onsite systems.
The Unified Development code establishes zoning regulations for the area illustrated in the “Zoning Maps for Fayette County”. The Ordinance provides for the administration, enforcement, and amendment thereof, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 8, Article 24 of the Code of West Virginia.
In 2003, the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO), through an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, sponsored the Wolf Creek Stormwater Management and Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan for the West Virginia Disaster Recovery Board. The Plan was being prepared as part of an overall economic and flood recovery strategy for southern West Virginia in response to the flooding that occurred in July 2001 and May 2002.