The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again identified a significant gap in a list submitted by the WV Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) for their combined report for 2018, 2020, and 2022, identifying streams not meeting water quality standards. This is a grave oversight that we simply cannot afford to ignore:
346 streams, accounting for over 1,600 miles, were missing from WVDEP's combined report.
To truly protect our environment, WVDEP must employ the most up-to-date science to assess biological impairments in streams. WVDEP continues to use an outdated methodology by only identifying aquatic insects at the family level despite EPA's recommendation to use genus-level classifications.
We stand with the EPA in holding the WVDEP accountable for their role in this oversight.
It is imperative that WVDEP update its methodology to assess biological impairments. By doing so, we can ensure that our polluted streams receive the resources they need to meet the standards.
Join us in sending a powerful message to the EPA: Hold WVDEP accountable and insist on the implementation of the best science and methodologies to protect our water resources across West Virginia.
Our polluted streams should not be ignored.
Thank you for your advocacy.
-West Virginia Rivers Coalition
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