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West Virginia Chesapeake Bay

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.

Like all of the Bay States, West Virginia has been actively involved in pollution reduction programs for over twenty years.

Bay program partners agreed to develop and carry out cooperative and voluntary Tributary Strategies to reduce the flow of nutrients and sediment loads to the Potomac River, and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay.

Additional Chesapeake Bay resources

Success Story Service Center | RC&D Office Program
Diamond of the East Potomac Headwaters
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WV Potomac Headwaters Watershed Partnerships for Conservation Action
Jefferson County WHIP Partnership Projects Benefit Bay and Farmers Ranson WHIP
Riparian Buffer Establishment in Hampshire County Romney CREP
Preserving Farms Protects the Bay Philippi-East Area Office FRPP
Riparian Buffers Benefit Farm to Potomac Moorefield CTA, WHIP
FRPP Grand Slam Philippi-East Area Office FRPP
WV Potomac Headwaters Land Treatment Watershed Project Moorefield Service Center PL-534
Farm Partnerships Protect the Bay (HTML)

Farm Partnerships Protect the Bay (PDF 920 KB)

State Office Chesapeake Bay
Litter Provide a Heating System State Office CIG
Gap View Farm Riparian Planting Project Ranson Service Center CREP
Assisting Farmers with Protecting Water Quality and Improving Wildlife Habitat Moorefield Service Center CTA
Purple Loosestrife Controlled in Bay Tributary Potomac Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) RC&D
WV Soil Interpretation for Disaster Planning Moorefield Service Center Soils
Abram Creek Restoration State Office WHIP
New Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative Successful in Mineral County Keyser CBWI
Potomac Headwaters RC&D sponsors First Consumer Drug Take-back Program in the State Potomac Headwaters RCD
Managing Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Moorefield EQIP
Rehabilitation of New Creek Site 14 WV State Office ARRA
Orchard Improvements Protect the Bay and Increase Production Romney AMA
Feeding Structure Improves Farm and Watershed Franklin EQIP