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FREE Webinar Series: Flood Insurance and Community Resilience


Are you interested in reducing flood insurance premiums while enhancing your community's resilience? Then this webinar series is for you.

 The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a federal incentive program that provides flood insurance policyholders with discounts on their premiums in exchange for their community taking actions to reduce flood risk. This free webinar series will specifically highlight how communities may achieve success in the green elements of the program.

 This four-part webinar series is your opportunity to learn more about nature-based solutions for community resilience, hear success stories from around the country, ask questions, and share input. CRS experts will share their experience and knowledge about tools, regulations and the process for building community resilience through the CRS.

 Webinar Series

Individual registration is required for each session. All sessions will run from 2:00 – 3:30PM EST.

Continuing Education: 1 CEC for each webinar for CFMs who participate in the entire event.

 COST: Free, but registration is required. Seating is limited, register early.

 REGISTRATION: Individual registration is required for each webinar. Click the date for each event above to register. 

 All webinar presentations and materials will be made available through the

CRS for Community Resilience website.

By the end of this webinar series, participants will be able to:

  • Identify natural and beneficial functions of floodplains and how they increase community resilience; 
  • Explain how to use the CRS Green Guide and other tools to improve their community's scores in CRS with elements that enhance community resilience; 
  • Describe best practices for achieving success in the CRS program; and
  • Recognize actions that are credited through specific elements of the CRS program

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
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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