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DEP to hold hearings on improving water quality

June 26, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced this week it is seeking information from Eastern Panhandle residents to improve water quality in the Tuscarora Creek watershed.

Workshops will be held Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in Martinsburg to help the DEP prioritize pollution reduction projects, the agency said in a press release.

The first session will be in the Dunn Building cafeteria, Room 200, at 400 W. Stephen St., and the second session will be in the boardroom at the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District offices off Edwin Miller Boulevard behind The Daily Grind.

The workshops are being sponsored by the DEP and other community partners.

Residents of Martinsburg, Nollville, Dry Run Road and Poor House Road with knowledge of situations including eroding stream banks, failing septic systems and "unsewered" areas are invited to attend the workshops.

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"Whether the issue is failing septic systems, stormwater or sedimentation, the DEP is interested in all ideas about potential water quality improvement projects in the area," said Alana Hartman, the DEP's Potomac Basin Coordinator. "The people that live in the watershed are the best resource for information and ideas. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard if you want to make a difference."

Information gathered during the workshops will be used in a watershed-based plan for the Tuscarora Creek watershed, which is the area that drains to Tuscarora Creek and Dry Run, according to the release.

The resulting watershed-based plan will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will set the stage for future funding opportunities under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

For information, call Hartman at 304-822-7266 or send an e-mail to alana.c.hartman@wv.gov.

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