|Posted by Michael Brooks on March 10, 2021 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
West Virginia transportation officials have unveiled several options to improve travel and safety along WV-9 between Berkeley Springs and Martinsburg, with particular emphasis on high-congestion areas around Hedgesville.
Residents can take an online survey about their preferences for different WV-9 improvement options. That survey is found at http://metroquestsurvey.com/eq2n2y and can be found linked off the DOH project website.
"This is likely decades in the future, but the state of West Virginia Highway department has aired plans for a rerouted Route 9 between Berkeley Springs and Berkeley County. All proposed routes would have impact on the Warm Springs Run."
"LuAnn May, Project Manager for Michael Baker International, said Morgan County has “many natural resources” to take into consideration when planning upgrades to WV-9. She said Warm Springs Run and Sleepy Creek Watersheds are on planners’ radar, along with Morgan County Farmland Protection parcels, Spruce Pine Hollow Park and the Tuscarora Trail, which runs through the area. All proposed improvements to WV-9 avoid Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area."
|Posted by Michael Brooks on February 25, 2021 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
About the 522 Bypass review request:
Dear Senator Manchin:
The Warm Springs Watershed Association requests your help in urging the Department of Environmental Protection to hold a public hearing in Berkeley Springs so residents can address issues of concern regarding plans for the 522 bypass.
The Association is not opposed to the construction of the 522 bypass; however, the four-lane highway will pass through a long, narrow watershed with an already large amount of impervious surface area that is increasingly prone to flash flooding. The proposed project adds 36 more acres of impervious road and hard shoulder, which will increase the volume and velocity of runoff.
The Association is concerned about apparent inaccuracies included in the permit. Specifically, it states that sediment basins controlling over 500 acres will be installed in the watershed to capture runoff; however, incorrect land cover and soil characteristics are used to calculate sediment basin capacity. About 90% of the area is comprised of very shallow, fragile soils. Not only will increased erosion be a factor, it will be difficult to re-establish vegetation in these soils. As a result, the proposed flood control basins will be inadequate for handling the amount of runoff they are designed to capture. Further, there is no discussion of long-term maintenance of these basins.
Mitigation of stream and wetland impacts is mandated in the permit; however, there is no information what these mitigations might be or where they might be located.
We have already brought our concerns to the following department:
Division of Water and Management, DEP
Sharon Mullins, Permitting Section
Application No. WVR110602
Since there was no response, we have also reached out to the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District and the Morgan County Commission to address these concerns.
Your attention to this matter, and any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
Kate Lehman, President
|Posted by Michael Brooks on January 6, 2021 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Cacapon Institute is seeking a design contractor to draw plans for the Natural Stream Restoration at Widmyer Elementary and Berkeley Springs High School, Berkeley Springs, WV.
The RFP is available at www.cacaponinstitute.org.
Time is of the essence. Proposals are due February 1st and the completed design must be finished by June 1, 2021.
We anticipate the designs for two segments of steam (~2,000 feet total) to cost $40,000 (+/-) but all proposals will be accepted and considered. Inquiries are welcome.
For more information, contact
Frank F. Rodgers
#10 Rockford Rd
Great Cacapon, WV 25422
304-258-8013 (o) 304-240-2721 (c) 304-258-7657 (h)
|Posted by Michael Brooks on December 1, 2020 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
In partnership with the City of Martinsburg Stormwater Team, WV Rivers Coalition has created a new “Find Your Watershed” tool for the three counties of the Eastern Panhandle.
Looking for opportunities to protect your land and water? Find your watershed and get connected with your local watershed group at
Thanks for being involved...
|Posted by Michael Brooks on November 24, 2020 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Norman Dean is the 2020 Watershed Hero!
Watershed Network news: See this link for more information. https://wvrivers.org/2020/11/symposium/
Last year, WV Rivers Coalition became the fiscal sponsor of the West Virginia Watershed Network (WVWN), a statewide organization of of nonprofits, state, and federal agencies who support the work of community-based watershed groups.
The Symposium, staying true to its Watershed Celebration Day roots, kicked off by honoring five outstanding groups and one individual for their contributions towards watershed restoration.
And the prestigious Watershed Hero Award, presented to an individual for their volunteer efforts that go above and beyond their call of duty, was bestowed upon Norman Dean for his nearly 20 years of service to both Sleepy Creek Watershed Association and Warm Springs Watershed Association based in the Eastern Panhandle. Norman has been the steadfast lead for the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association and Warm Springs Watershed Association’s WV Save Our Streams monitoring programs. He has trained individual volunteers and led in-stream sampling and the collection of benthic macroinvertebrates, spending countless hours analyzing, categorizing, and reporting sample results to watershed association members and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.