Save the Date: Virtual Public Hearing on Biological Assessment Rule – 4/20

Is this action alert déjà vu? You might remember that we shared a very similar action alert on the biological assessment rule nearly one year ago.

But WVDEP missed the deadline to file the rule with the Secretary of State, so now WVDEP is collecting public comments on the rule again.

On April 20 the WVDEP will be hold a virtual public hearing on the biological assessment rule.

WV Rivers has long encouraged WVDEP to hold virtual hearings to provide more West Virginians the opportunity to participate in the hearing process. During the virtual hearing, you can provide verbal comments on the proposed rule. Rather submit your comments in writing? That’s OK! Soon, we’ll share an action alert to make online commenting easy. Even if you do not plan to speak during the virtual hearing we encourage you to listen in – your presence shows the WVDEP that West Virginians care about water policy!

Why is the biological assessment rule important? This rule defines how the WVDEP uses the presence of aquatic life to determine whether the stream is meeting the state’s water quality standards, and if it needs help to reduce pollution so it can support a healthy ecosystem. WVDEP’s proposal uses an outdated method to assess stream health. In 2010, the EPA has recommended WVDEP adopt a more scientifically precise system called GLIMPSS. Learn more about the biological assessment rule here.

What: Virtual Public Hearing on WVDEP Biological Assessment Rule

When: April 20, 2020 from 6-8PM

How to Join:

By internet connected device – Go to: Enter Meeting ID: 975 579 059

By phone – Dial: (646) 558-8656. When prompted, enter Meeting ID: 975 579 059

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