During the planning process, many resources were generated to aid in the creation of the comprehensive plan for the Muddy Creek watershed. Public meetings were held, educational materials developed, maps created, and documents produced. Below are many of those resources that can be used for educational purposes or future outreach activities.
Muddy Creek publications, presentations, and educational materials
- State of the Watershed: A summary publication about the issues and solutions in the Muddy Creek watershed.
- Updated Approved Watershed-Based Plan: The revised watershed-based plan that was approved by the USEPA and the WVDEP. This document serves as the main planning and implementation document for the Muddy Creek project. Every subwatershed is broken down impairment type and severity and plans for restoring Muddy Creek, subwatershed by subwatershed. To learn more about this document, go to the planning page.
- Overview of the Muddy Creek Plan: Brief presentation of the Muddy Creek Planning effort
- Stakeholder Meeting #1: Presentation given at the first stakeholder meeting at the Asbury community center.
- Stakeholder Meeting #2: Presentation given at the second stakeholder meeting at the Williamsburg community center. This presentation follows the state of the watershed report.
- Stakeholder Meeting #3: Presentation given at the third stakeholder meeting at the FOLGR office, highlighting the key findings of the CWP and summarizing implementation goals and resources.
- Kitchen Creek: Presentation developed by Dennis Burns of the WVCA, highlighting a stream restoration project in the Muddy Creek watershed.
- Muddy Creek project posters:
- Riparian Buffers: This educational poster outlines the fecal coliform problem in the Muddy Creek watershed and describes the ecological and agricultural benefits of riparian buffers and streamside fencing.
- Lower Greenbrier River TMDL Summary Map: This poster covers Mudddy Creek as well as other nearby watersheds within the larger Lower Greenbrier River watershed. It shows impaired streams, predicted septic failure, and agricultural intensity.
- West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), 319 funding
- The Division of Water and Waste Management provides technical assistance for the use of BMPs, educates the public and land users on nonpoint source issues, enforces water quality laws that affect nonpoint sources, and restores impaired watersheds through its Nonpoint Source Program. Now that a watershed-based plan has been approved for Muddy Creek, the watershed ia eligible for funds from the 319 program through the USEPA. These grants can be used to help implement nonpoint source pollution control projects such as those that address fecal coliform.
- WVDEP Contacts:
- The West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA)provides support to local watershed organizations across West Virginia. WVCA helps coordinate and implement 319 projects, especially those related to agriculture and streambank stabilization. The Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, has several programs specifically for the Greenbrier River and its tributaries. These programs include a cost-share program to eradicate multiflora rose, and a pilot program to increase productivity while conserving resources and improving water quality.
- USDA/NRCS farm bill programs
- There are several United States Dpartment of Agriculture/Natural ResourcesConservation Services (USDA/NRCS) programs with relevance to the Muddy Creek watershed. These programs can help address fecal coliform impairments in Muddy Creek by establishing riparian buffers, protecting wetlands, and conserving water resources. The voluntary Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) provides funds to private landholders who wish to devote some of their land to the development of habitat areas. Wildlife habitat may include upland, wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat. The projects must target a specific species for habitat improvement, generally require an agreement of 5-10 years, and offer up to 75% cost-share assistance.
- The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has a stated goal of promoting agricultural production while maintaining or improving environmental quality. The program provides payments of up to 75% of project costs and associated foregone income.
- One specific sub-program of EQIP is the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP). AWEP provides technical and financial assistance to help farmers plan and implement projects aiming to conserve water and improve water quality.
- The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a source of support for farmers who are willing to retire marginal farmland acreage in order to restore, protect, or enhance wetland areas. Program options include permanent and 30-year easements, and easement-free restoration.
- Some landowners may be interested in participating in the NRCS Floodplain easement purchase program. Through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, the NRCS purchases floodplain easements for active restoration. The original landowner retains the right to control public access to the property and to use the easement for undeveloped recreational uses.
- The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary program in which landholders agree to retire some portion of their land from agricultural production for a period of 10-15 years. The government pays the rental value of the retired land plus $100/acre, as well as some portion of the costs for necessary improvements.
About the Watershed
To help explain the Muddy Creek planning project at various meetings, a 3-foot by 4-foot poster was created that highlights all the major topics in the Muddy Creek watershed. The poster highlights the importance of riparian buffers, explains the pollution issues, offers advice, and provides a list of the benefits to cleaning up the Muddy Creek watershed.