|Posted by Michael Brooks on September 24, 2020 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
This is the text of a letter to WV DEP requesting a public hearing in Berkeley Springs about the 522 ByPass.
Director, Division of Water and Management, DEP
ATTN: Sharon Mullins, Permitting Section
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304-2345
Re: Application No. WVR110602
Berkeley Springs Bypass Construction
We are writing to request that a public hearing be held in Berkeley Springs regarding the NPDES permit application by WVDOH to construct a bypass in the Warm Springs Run watershed. The Warm Springs Watershed Association has been active in the Berkeley Springs community since 2008. We annually monitor and report to WVDEP the water quality of Warm Springs Run, have commissioned a number of watershed assessments, and have installed numerous best management practices and demonstration projects in the watershed that will be affected by the proposed activity. A few of our concerns raised by the WVDOH NPDES application include:
The construction disturbs a significant amount of land, impacts 14,650 feet of stream and 14.8 acres of floodplain. This amount of disturbance in a watershed already subject to flash flooding requires additional information not found in the permit application.
The application places the burden on the successful low bidder to the project to interpret the necessary protections to streams and wetlands in the area. This seems deficient and an abdication of necessary guidance.
Over 89% of the area is comprised of Weikert or Weikert -Berks Soils, with highly erodible fine and usually with less than 18 to bedrock. The soil has severe limitations for construction of embankments and ability to establish vegetation.
The calculations used for sizing sediment basins uses a woods/grass combination in good or fair condition and a Hydrologic Soil Group B infiltration as the basis for sizing all basins. The soil is Hydrologic Group D, and there are many areas that would be considered poor cover due to the documented depletion of top soil and organic matter.
The watershed hydrology is increasingly subject to flash flooding resulting from lower amounts of rain than previously caused such events. It is a narrow watershed with a large amount of impervious area. The addition of a number of sediment basins have altered the time of concentration and appear to increase the number of out of bank occurrences resulting in increased flood damage. Adding additional basins without improving infiltration of collected runoff will exacerbate flooding for the community.
Forested areas and urban tree canopy are important flood control methods for the community. The removal of over 100 acres of trees and conversion to impervious area will alter the stream conditions.
The opportunity to discuss mitigation was not afforded to the community because the WVDOH completed a renewal of a 20 year old Environmental Impact Statement. As a result residents are in the dark as to what, if any, mitigation will be done to offset the negative environmental effects of construction. We are concerned that issues that have been raised during public meetings have gone unheeded by WVDOH. The minimal thought and process in this NPDES application seems to verify that.
We are requesting that a public hearing be held in Berkeley Springs to provide the opportunity to provide more detailed information regarding our concerns and afford the community residents more time to discuss mitigation needed as a result of this project.
Katherine Lehman, President
Post Office Box 757
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
|Posted by Michael Brooks on November 15, 2019 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Our Watershed Association, the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association and the Friends of the Cacapon River are hosting a year-end gathering at Angus and Ale beginning at 6pm with buffet dinner served at 6:30. There will be door prizes.
Come on down, meet old friends and make some new ones while we talk about accomplishments and plans. The cost is $20 per person.
You can register and pay on the Sleepy Creek website ( https://sleepycreekwatershed.org/3watershedceleration/) or you may call Susan Jones to RSVP. She can be reached at [email protected] and at 304-258-6122. Mail payments to to SCWA, PO Box 991, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
Angus and Ale is located at 146 Southridge Dr, Berkeley Springs.
Hope to see you there.
|Posted by Michael Brooks on June 28, 2017 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
Put on your calendar: August 12 6-8pm for a presentation about Rain Gardens
Recent Happenings and Events:
June: Stream Monitoring was performed at several locations this month:
June 26: Double T building across from the new Sheetz Station on 522
June 20: Widmyer Elementary School
June 13: Country Inn in Berkeley Springs
June 7: Jimstown Road
May 30: Stream Monitoring at Fairfax Rd
May 23: 3 members attended the Watershed Group Gathering in Martinsburg
May 13: A sewage spill near Warren St that flowed in the Run was reported; the Public Service District responded immediately and repaired the blockage in the sewer line.
Bob Wurster was our 'Volunteer of the Year' and was recognized at the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce's 34th Community Volunteer Day. Stan Oaks was there also representing the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association.
The Annual Meeting was held at the Board of Education building on April 12. David Lillard of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition spoke about what's happening in Washington that will affect watershed work.
Our Adopt-a-Highway program volunteers met at 9 am on April 14 to pick up litter along State Highway 522 from Winchester Grade to the Post Office.
Our annual Make-it-Shine event held on April 11 where participants met on Myers Rd near the Dollar General Store. This was our contribution to the state-wide WV Make-it-Shine clean up program.
Three pet waste stations were installed in Berkeley Springs over several days. First, holes were dug, then posts cemented in, the the waste stations attached. Location were the Berkeley Springs State Park, the Water Works building on Wilks St and on W. Independence St near the Rag Shop. The devices were purchased using funds from the latest Stream Partners grant.
|Posted by Michael Brooks on June 10, 2016 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
The 2016 Stream Monitoring season is here. Please call Kate Lehman at 304-279-0717 ([email protected]) if you can help. We will then be able to contact you in case of weather or other issues.
June 13 at 8 am - the Double T Homes, opposite Winchester Grade Rd just S of Berkeley Springs on Rt 522
June 18 at 9 am - Widmyer Elementary School, just S of Berkeley Springs on Rt 522
June 29 at 9 am - Behind the Earthdog Cafe, Rt 522 S.
Come enjoy the great outdoors!
|Posted by Michael Brooks on September 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
From Jeff Iliff:
Level 3 Stream Survey results for Warm Springs Run at Fairview Dr. Sept. 11, 2015, 9:00 am.
Participants: Jeff Iliff, Bob Wurster, Norman Dean, Kate Lehman, Andy Swaim, and Susan Trump.
Latitude: 39-24-52 Longitude: 75-6-14
Ambient temp: 85 deg. and sunny
Water temp. 17 deg. C
Dissolved Oxygen: 17 Mg/l
Habitat conditions: 138= Good
Biological conditions: 68.3= Suboptimal
There were 266 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates (water-dwelling bugs/critters) represented by 6 types (families), 56 ‘critters’ of 4 types in the medium tolerance category, and 32 bugs of 4 types in the high tolerance category.