This Watershed Based Plan covers the North Fork of the Blackwater River (“the North Fork”) in West Virginia, from its headwaters at Fairfax Summit to the mouth, including all tributaries. The North Fork and three main tributaries are impaired by acid mine drainage (AMD) pollutants. Biological impairments of unknown causes and bacteria and sediment problems have also been documented.

After summarizing the range of impairments documented in the watershed, this plan focuses on AMD—by far its most significant water quality problem—and documents the nonpoint sources of AMD. Where data allow, costs of remediating each site are calculated. This plan also addresses technical and financial assistance needs, proposes an implementation schedule with milestones and measurable goals, and documents an outreach and education program that will help make this plan a reality.

Click here to read the North Fork of the Blackwater Watershed Based Plan.