West Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed is the land that drains into the Potomac River and its tributaries and a small area that drains into the James River. Fourteen percent (14%) of West Virginia drains into the Potomac River and on to the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay drainage area in West Virginia includes Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, and small portions of Preston and Tucker counties. The headwaters of the James River is in Monroe County.
Bay program partners agreed to develop and carry out cooperative and voluntary TributaryStrategies to reduce the flow of nutrients and sediment loads to the Potomac River, and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay.