Projects

Various watershed improvement projects had already been completed before the comprehensive watershed plan had even been started. It is important to understand these projects and to use them as a recruiting tool for other landowners. Since the inception of the CWP, several additional projects have been proposed and designed as part of the 319 planning process. A 319 proposal was written and approved in coordination with WVCA, WVDEP, Southeastern Appalachian Rural Alliance (SARA), and FOLGR. Listed below are some of the details of these projects.


Agricultural

For the initial 319 grant, WVCA will be the lead coordinator in developing conservation plans and working with landowners and USDA toward increased enrollment into CREP. WVCA will also coordinate 319 incremental funds. The goal is to reach as many landowners as possible through workshops and field days, along with personal site visits from agency personnel. Specifically, WVCA aims to develop a minimum of 10 conservation plans for landowners to participate in CREP and 319, with installation of BMPs completed by the fall of 2013.

FOLGR’s role will be to help WVCA implement the agricultural portion of the grant by providing outreach support, mapping projects, assisting with water quality monitoring, and providing volunteer labor for restoration or exclusion projects.

Components

  1. Continue education and outreach efforts through field days and workshops targeting agricultural landowners.
  2. Develop conservation plans for interested landowners.
  3. Encourage landowners to enroll in CREP or 319 programs.

Schedule

Milestone Date
Submit project proposal to WVDEP June 2010
Announcement of 319 incremental funding Fall 2010
Publicize award and conduct community outreach January 2011
Hold agricultural workshop for landowners Summer 2011
Begin developing conservation plans; conduct pre-BMP monitoring Fall/Winter 2011
Begin BMP installation; continue monitoring Winter/Spring 2012
Hold a second agricultural workshop Spring 2012
Develop additional conservation plans; conduct pre-BMP monitoring Spring/Summer 2012
Complete BMP installation for first round of contracts Fall 2012
Begin BMP installation for second round of contracts; continue monitoring Fall/Winter 2012
Complete BMP installation for second round of contracts Summer 2013
Achieve reduction of 370 trillion counts/year; continue monitoring Fall 2013


Septic

FOLGR, WVDEP, and SARA will be the lead parties implementing the septic portion of the 319 grant. FOLGR will administer the program and work with homeowners to either repair or replace septic systems in priority subwatersheds. The first stage of the project will be to hold a septic workshop by March 2011, with a goal of reaching 50 families/contractors in the Muddy Creek watershed. Workshop attendees will leave the workshop with a better appreciation for the effects of pollution on their local waters, and of steps they can take to mitigate the problems. Specifically, attendees will better understand the necessary schedule for proper maintenance of their septic systems. They will also learn how to recognize signs of damaged and leaking systems. 

Additionally, a septic census will be completed for all home septic systems within the six priority subwatersheds: 2201, 2202, 2207, 2209, 2211, and 2213. The census will include:

  • type of system,
  • date of installation,
  • date and nature of most recent maintenance,
  • date of most recent pumping, and
  • an on-site assessment of the current state of repair of the system.
This information will be entered into a database and used to determine resident eligibility for the voucher program. The septic census will be completed by the end of April 2012.


A voucher program will be implemented to pump 100 septic systems and repair or replace 15 systems within the priority subwatersheds. Funds for pumping and replacement/repair may be redistributed based on the findings of the census. Vouchers will be distributed as requested on a rolling basis as systems are evaluated. Work will be completed by the fall of 2013.

Components

  1. Sponsor a workshop on septic pollution and maintenance.
  2. Conduct a more thorough inventory of the septic problem.
  3. Provide vouchers to residents to cover a portion of the cost for inspection and repair.

Schedule

Milestone Date
Submit project proposal to WVDEP June 2010
Announcement of 319 incremental funding Fall 2010
Publicize award and conduct community outreach January 2011
Collect baseline data as part of regular monitoring schedule January 2011
Host septic workshop for community members March 11
Assess progress toward meeting fecal coliform water quality standard Quarterly
Inventory septic problems in priority watersheds April 2011-April 2012
Distribute vouchers for discount septic repair or replacement as needed Summer 2011-Fall 2013
Achieve reductions of 1.3 trillion counts/year Fall 2013

319 Project Proposal

Through this incremental proposal, funding to continue work in the watershed through septic system evaluation and repair along with additional agricultural projects is being requested. In addition to improving water quality for its own sake, reducing inputs from septic systems and implementation of additional agricultural projects will help mitigate the algae problem in the Greenbrier River. Wastewater discharges and agricultural runoff carry fecal coliform and other excess nutrients to the streams.

Kitchen Creek CREP & Stream Bank Stabilization Project

This project is intended to demonstrate the importance and feasibility of utilizing buffers along streams to prevent non-point source pollution from agriculture and cost effective methods of stream bank stabilization for erosion control. A summary PowerPoint presentation was developed by the WVCA.

Proposed Projects

Potential projects were developed by the Greenbrier Valley Conservation District during the Muddy Creek planning process. In addition, site visits were conducted by a natural stream restoration specialist from the Canaan Valley Institute and FOLGR. These potential projects are funded for restoration efforts. Refer to the 319 Incremental plan for more information.

Project and Outreach Tracking Database

A database was created to track progress on the following fronts: septic census, project implementation, and outreach and education. The database also includes a tool to help re-prioritize subwatersheds based on additional information. This database has been provided to FOLGR and shared with WVCA, but is not being posted on this website due to privacy issues.  Please contact FOLGR for more information.