WVDNR Receives $700K in Wetlands Program Development Grants
The State Journal
3 October 2014
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources was one of six
recipients sharing $2,642,270 in Wetland Program Development
Grants, EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin announced Oct.
2 at an event in Dover, Delaware.
The WVDNR will receive $700,000 to develop a wetland functional
assessment protocol for assessing impacts to wetlands. The
Division will also evaluate success in mitigating those impacts
and evaluate wetland status statewide.
“Wetlands are one of our nation's most unique ecosystems and they
play a significant role in protecting our nation's water supply,”
Garvin said. “West Virginia continues to advance wetland science
which is essential for protecting and restoring these valuable
resources and keeping our lakes, rivers and streams clean.”
The Clean Water Act recognizes the dangers of having pollution
upstream. As water flows downstream, it carries pollutants with
it. And because wetlands are instrumental in eliminating
pollution, they have a huge impact on water downstream.
Grant recipients also included the Delaware Department of Natural
Resources and Environmental Control ($443,233), Penn State
University ($668,764), Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources ($400,000), the Virginia Institute of Marine
Sciences ($392,773) and the Maryland Department of Environment