On August 12, 2010 the WVDEP released the Permitting Guidance for Surface Coal Mining Operations to Protect West Virginia’s Narrative Water Quality Standards (revised May 11, 2012). This guidance document assists WVDEP permit writers in developing site-specific NPDES permit conditions for surface coal mining operations using a holistic watershed monitoring approach through the use of biological and chemical monitoring, whole effluent toxicity (WET) testing, and the development of Aquatic Ecosystem Protection Plans (AEPP) and, where necessary, Adaptive Management Plans (AMP) to protect the state’s narrative water quality standards.
Linked below are resources to assist NPDES permit applicants & their consultants in complying with the requirements instituted by the Narrative Guidance.
Narrative Guidance, Justification documents, and comments
Standard instructions to address Narrative Water Quality Standards for new (NPD) or modified (NPM) NPDES applications
Standard instructions to address Narrative Water Quality Standards for a reissuance (NPR) of an issued NPDES application
Environmental Resource Analyst Contact Information
List of WET certified labs in West Virginia
2012 Narrative Water Quality Standard Benthic Sampling & Reporting Requirements meeting presentation
WVDEP - Watershed Assessment Branch Benthic Macroinvertebrate & Fish Info page
WVDEP - Watershed Assessment Branch SOPs
WVDEP-DNR Scientific Collection Permit Database Version 4.03 download
2013 Coal Symposium Presentation on addressing the Narrative Water Quality Standards in an NPDES application
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