Read about each of the major sections of this website below. This will help guide your research and your implementation actions!
Review the background page to learn more or refresh your memory about the watershed planning process as it relates to Muddy Creek. This page goes over the TMDL framework, summarizes the approved watershed-based plan, and highlights the major issues in Muddy Creek and how to fix them.
If you want to hold a public meeting or provide general education materials about Muddy Creek to interested parties, start by going to the outreach page. Here you will find presentations, the State of the Watershed report, agency contacts, program resources, and other general watershed educational guidance.
When you’re ready to plan new projects, use the resources on this page to guide you through the grant-writing process. Resources include a spreadsheet tool that helps you estimate costs and fecal coliform reductions, a prioritization matrix to point you to problem areas, and a grant proposal template.
This page outlines all the existing activities of the Muddy Creek CWP. Here you can review the latest
The data clearinghouse for the Muddy Creek project houses all the relevant datasets that have been gathered, analyzed, summarized, or produced throughout the planning process. This includes all the GIS datasets, the water quality database, TMDL data, summary spreadsheets, and other useful data-driven information to supplement or help develop future analysis and evaluations.
Part of the larger Greenbrier River watershed, the Muddy Creek watershed covers 168 square miles and includes the communities of Williamsburg, Blue Sulphur Springs, and Alderson. The watershed has an average elevation of approximately 2,250 feet, and is approximately two-thirds forest and one-third pasture and grassland, with other land uses taking up less than one percent of the area. While some headwaters tributaries are steep and fast-moving, Muddy Creek itself is predominantly a meandering, slow-moving stream, only averaging 25 feet of elevation change per mile.
The watershed is heavily agricultural and there is no public sewer system. Agricultural runoff and absent or poorly functioning onsite septic systems are the primary sources of a fecal coliform impairment in Muddy Creek. Over 34% of streams in the watershed are impaired by fecal coliform. Identifying the impairment was the first step in working to correct it.