Two Public Meetings on Water Quality in the Eastern Panhandle

WV Rivers’ friends are invited to attend one of two public meetings about restoration efforts in West Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay watershed. The meetings will be held on July 30 from 6–7pm at the Berkeley County Council Chambers (400 West Stephen Street in Martinsburg) and July 31 from 6–7pm at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College (316 Eastern Drive in Moorefield).

The meetings are hosted by the West Virginia Potomac Tributary Team, a partnership of local and state agencies that includes WV’s Department of Environmental Protection, Conservation Agency, Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, and the Eastern Panhandle Planning and Development Council (Region 9). WV Rivers and local watershed groups are also part of the team.

Come learn about the progress of our state’s watershed improvement plan, or WIP, to clean up West Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The presentation will highlight past work to implement West Virginia’s Phase Two Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP2). This 2011 plan identified strategies to achieve nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reduction goals under the Chesapeake Bay Program.

We’ll also look ahead to developing a Phase Three Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP3) that will continue to set the course for success. These efforts include tree plantings, education, working with farmers on best practices, and implementing innovative solutions to stormwater management. Many of these important projects are spearheaded by our terrific watershed groups.

Updates on West Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay progress can be found at

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