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Clean Water Act Status: WEST VIRGINIA
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    WEST VIRGINIA contains a portion of 31 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 14%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 722
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Aquatic Life Support 96%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 5%
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 16
    High 96
    Medium 331
    Low 140
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 139
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 710
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in WEST VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 24%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Metals 74%
    pH 43%
    Unknown 14%
    Pathogens 1%
    Dioxin 1%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 12
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in WEST VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 96%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Sediments 75%
    Metals 50%
    Nutrients 50%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 8%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.




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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 710 (cause not reported for 0%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in WEST VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 24%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Resource Extraction 71%
    Unknown Sources 19%
    Atmospheric Deposition 8%
    Agriculture 1%
    Industrial Point Sources 0%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 12
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in WEST VIRGINIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 96%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Construction 58%
    Agriculture 42%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 42%
    Septic Systems 25%
    Other Sources 17%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.




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