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Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Applications for Spring 2017

 Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Applications available

 Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree (CTree) promotes tree planting and education on public land through volunteerism in the Potomac Headwaters of West Virginia (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, & Pendleton counties).  The program also focuses on enhancing and promoting awareness of watershed and riparian area needs such as storm water management, water quality issues, buffer zone planting, and soil erosion. The project is entirely volunteer based and engages stakeholders in the process of making priority decisions within their respective communities and offers a strong educational message along with a physical planting component. CommuniTree is a program of the WV Conservation Agency and the WV Potomac Tributary Team that is engaged in on-the-ground actions throughout the Potomac headwaters.

 CTree and its partners invite organizations and agencies to apply for CTree kits to organize, coordinate, and implement urban tree plantings through a competitive grant process.  Twice annually groups can apply for CTree Kits for spring and fall plantings.  CTree Kits include:


Trees in a variety of species and stock sizes for Shade, Reforestation, etc.   


Tree tubes or cages to protect from deer; and   


Mulch to foster good root growth

 Successful CTree applicants will receive technical assistance from CTree partners and the WV Division of Forestry.  Any interested group that is dedicated to increasing urban canopy cover in the Potomac Basin is eligible to apply (with or without prior experience planting trees).  Follow this link to see a map of priority planting sites.

 CTree is designed so any volunteer group or public entities, regardless of experience, can apply for help from CTree and the WV Division of Forestry.  We want your group to apply and join the growing number of volunteers who are making their communities more beautiful and health by planting trees.  CTree applications include: 


Cover Letter: General information about your group, including group name & address, project leader & location, etc.


Proposal: More in depth information about their organization (structure, number of members, past tree planting experience), details on the proposed project including description of need, objectives, and an explanation of how the project will be evaluated.


Site Checklist: Checklist for evaluating a proposed planting site including hydrology, topography, current vegetation, and potential conflicts with underground or overhead utilities.


Tree Maintenance Form: Groups must outline a multi-year plan to maintain the health of the trees through proper watering, mulching, and care.

 Application MaterialsYou prepare your application using a writeable PDF with an email button.  You will need to have Adobe Reader software on your computer to use the PDF form; if you don't already have it, download Adobe Reader for free.  




Applications for fall plantings are due by July 1


Applications for spring plantings are due February 1.

 Useful Resources for grantees:


       CTree Kits (113 KB, PDF)


       Volunteer Contribution and Material Donation Example  (38KB, PDF)


       Frequently Asked Questions 

 It is the law, call before you dig!  (CTree representatives will help successful applicants with contacting “Miss Utility” to have the planting site inspected.  Background information on Miss Utility.)

Additional Grant Opportunity

 Additional Grant Opportunity

WVDEP's Watershed Improvement Branch (WIB) is issuing an announcement of additional grant opportunities (AGOs) through the Nonpoint Source Program. We will consider one-two year proposals that focus on nonpoint source (NPS) issues. The amount of funding available is approximately $150,000. In order to qualify you must submit your initial proposal idea (letter of inquiry) using our online form. Carefully read all instructions / guidelines before submitting your initial proposal.

Please see attachment for additional information.


Attachments: 9621_AGOAnouncement2016.pdf
Cherry Fork Watershed Agriculture Projects


Including the tributaries of Stumpy Run, Painters Branch, Sigman Fork, or the Main Stem of Cherry Fork in Putnam County.

You may be eligible to receive significant cost share incentives for the construction of Agricultural Best Management Practices in the Western Conservation District.

Agricultural Best Management Practices Available for Cost Share include:

  • Fence (exclusion & division)
  • Water Systems
  • Manure Storage Structures
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Heavy Use Area Protection
  • Roof Runoff Management
  • Septic System Repairs / Upgrades

Contact Mark Buchanan, Conservation Specialist, CPESC with the West Virginia Conservation Agency for details at (304) 675-3054 or MBuchanan@wvca.us

*See attachment for additional information.


Attachments: 8467_Cherry Fork Poster.pdf
Residential & Community Rain Garden Rebates

Residential & Community Rain Garden Rebates

Elks Run Watershed Jefferson County, WV
The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, in partnership with the West Virginia Conservation, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Elks Run Watershed Group, and EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program is offering a "Residential Rain Garden Rebates" program in the Elks Run Watershed to promote the installation of rain gardens in order to reduce the amount of pollution that enters Elks Run and Elk Branch through rain water runoff. Elks Run and Elk Branch are impaired for fecal coliform bacteria and sediment. By capturing and filtering rain water runoff through the installation of rain gardens, levels of sediment, nutrients, and bacteria may be reduced in our local waterways.
What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground instead of flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, and flooding. The purpose of a rain garden is to help control stormwater on your property which will help improve water quality in nearby bodies of water.
How Would a Rain Garden Benefit My Property?
* Protect rivers and streams
* Reduce potential of home flooding
* Create habitat for birds and butterflies
* Reduce lawn maintenance
* Provide beautiful landscaping
How Can I Receive Assistance to Install My Own Rain Garden?
The Residential Rain Garden Rebates Program is offering a 50% reimbursement for rain garden installations in the Elks Run watershed, up to $1,200! In addition to the 50% rebate, EPCD provides plants and rain garden design at no additional cost, the combined value of which is up to $800! For more information, please review the enclosed program guidelines, which can also be found at www.ElksRunWatershed.org 
Question? Call (304) 263-4376 ext. 3 or email: scampbell@wvca.us
Question? Call (304) 263-4376 ext. 3 or email: scampbell@wvca.us

Attachments: 7400_2016_FINAL_Elks Run Rebate Guidelines and Application.pdf
Water Festival Planning Guide

Water Festival Planning Guide on the DEP webpage.

Water Festivals are a great way to reach a large number of students with a variety of water education lessons in a single fun day.

This guide is designed to provide some of the basic information and details that anyone interested in organizing this type of event might need. 

Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions that you might have.

Water Festival Planning Guide link: http://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/getinvolved/WET/Pages/WaterFestivalGuide.aspx

You can also get there from Project WET’s Water Festival page.

Free Online Diagnosis for Watershed Groups

Free Online Diagnosis for Watershed Groups

Working hard to protect rivers, but are the gears not quite meshing? Lacking talent, resources or financial stability?

You can now engage your staff and board in a free organizational self-assessment, courtesy of a new tool developed by River Network with support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

The two-part process includes an initial survey of key metrics of your organization’s health, followed by an opportunity for your board and staff to weigh in with more qualitative (and anonymous and confidential) feedback. Once everyone from the organization has responded, you receive a composite report that can help you and River Network’s capacity building staff determine your organization’s greatest needs and its future priorities.

Watershed Academy Online Training Tool
Visit the Watershed Academy Web on-line training site at
to strengthen your watershed protection skills.

The Web site offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. The modules are organized by the six themes listed above. Modules vary in the time they take to complete, from ½ hour to 2 hours. Fifteen of them (marked with asterisks * below) are the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program.

EPA Releases Recovery Potential Screening Website to Assist Restoration Planners

EPA Releases Recovery Potential Screening Website to Assist Restoration Planners

EPA announced the release of a new technical assistance tool for surface water quality protection and restoration programs: the Recovery Potential Screening website (www.epa.gov/recoverypotential/).  Recovery Potential Screening is a user-driven, flexible approach for comparing relative differences in restorability among impaired waters.  The website provides step-by-step screening directions, time-saving tools for calculating indices and displaying results, summaries of over 120 ecological, stressor and social indicators, a recovery literature database, and several case studies.
Practical applications include: assisting watershed-level programs that need to focus on priority places due to limited resources; developing a 303(d) impaired waters list prioritized schedule; prioritizing implementation among many TMDLs; planning statewide nonpoint source control projects and restoration initiatives; helping develop strategies to meet performance tracking measures; identifying opportunities for synergy between healthy watersheds protection and impaired watersheds restoration; and revealing underlying factors that influence restoration success to improve programs.  EPA developed this technical method and website to assist states and others in complex planning and prioritizing activities, provide a systematic and transparent comparison approach, and help improve program results.  For additional information, please contact Doug Norton (norton.douglas@epa.gov).

EPA PCB TMDL Handbook Released

EPA PCB TMDL Handbook Released (PDF) (33 pp, 262K, About PDF)

EPA has issued a technical document titled Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Handbook, which provides EPA regions, states, and other stakeholders with updated information for addressing Clean Water Act (CWA) section 303(d) waters impaired by PCBs.  PCBs rank sixth among the national causes of water quality impairment in the country, and of the 71,000 waterbody-pollutant combinations listed nationally, over 5,000 (eight percent) are PCB-related.  This handbook identifies various approaches to developing PCB TMDLs and provides examples of TMDLs from around the country, complete with online references.  It aims to help states complete more PCB TMDLs and ultimately restore those waters impaired by PCBs.



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