|Posted by Michael Brooks on September 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
From Jeff Iliff:
Here are the level 3 Stream Survey results for Warm Springs Run just south of Widmeyer Elementary School 09-03-15, 8:00 am.
Participants: Jeff Iliff, Kate Leahman, Andy Swaim, Bob Wurster, Michael Brooks, and Norman Dean.
Latitude: 39-36-42 Longitude: 78-14-15
Ambient temp: 86 deg. hot, humid, and sunny
Habitat conditions: 114 Marginal
Biological conditions: 64.3 Marginal
There were 140 low tolerance benthic macroinvertebrates represented by 4 types, 17 ‘critters’ of 4 types in the medium tolerance category, and 19 bugs of 4 types in the high tolerance category.
|Posted by Michael Brooks on August 4, 2015 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
West Virginia leads the way on pollution reduction milestones for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
The interim progress report recently came out from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Choose Clean Water Coalition. The report evaluates the progress toward attaining their 2017 pollution reduction milestones for the 6 states and D.C. that consist of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The pollutants measured are: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sediment. The sources of pollution under scrutiny are: Agriculture, Urban/suburban pollution runoff, Waste water, and Septic systems. The states monitored consist of (In order of best to worst): West Virginia, D.C., Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The only category that WV fell short on was urban/suburban pollution runoff where we were less than 10% short of our goal, and we here in the panhandle are working on that issue through the implementation of many ongoing projects such as; tree plantings, streetscape/permeable pavers, and rain barrel and rain garden programs.
These milestones are critical components to Bay restoration efforts because they provide a mechanism to hold our government agencies accountable for short-term progress toward the long-term pollution reduction goals. The milestones enable the states and the EPA to identify shortcomings and take corrective actions before the deadline arrives.
Take heart WV watershed associations, our efforts are paying off! Let’s keep up the good work.
You can check out the milestones interim progress chart at: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#label/waterkeepers/14eb6df376f4170b?projector=1
By Jeff Iliff
|Posted by Michael Brooks on May 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Three level-3 stream surveys were preformed on May 14 by the Warm Springs Watershed Association; two on Warm Springs Run and one on Yellow Run just before it joins Warm Springs Run. It was 60 degrees and sunny.
Site 1; behind Earth Dog Cafe: Habitat conditions: Marginal. Biological Conditions: 54.1=Marginal. Benthic Macroinvertebrate count: Low tolerance: 32 critters represented by 6 types, medium tolerance: 39 but only two types, high tolerance: 30 of three types.
Site 2; about 100 yards downstream from site 1, behind Coldwell Bank: Habitat Conditions: Suboptimal. Biological Conditions: 68.7=Suboptimal. Benthic Macroinvertebrate count: Low tolerance: 140 of 7 types, medium tolerance: 86 of 5 types, and there were 36 high tolerance organisims all of the same species.
Site 3; Yellow Run by Sheetz. Habitat Conditions: Suboptimal. Biological Contitions: 54.3=Marginal. Benthic Macroinvertebrates: Low tolerance: 17 of 7 types, medium tolerance: 13 of 4 types, and there were 19 high tolerance organisms of the same type.
These results show that there is room for improvement in the water quality in Warm Springs Run. Warm Springs Run Watershed Association will continue to work on addressing the issues that are causing these marginal and suboptimal results.
The Level III Summary reports are posted under "Our Watershed".
|Posted by MikeB on October 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM||comments (0)|
800-642-3074 is who to call if you observe a spill in a West Virginia waterway....
|Posted by MikeB on July 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM||comments (2)|
The Summary Report for the Widmeyer Steam Monitoring effort on July 3, 2013 is now online.
Go to the Stream Monitoring page to view the WV Save Our Streams Advanced Summary Report.