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Page 8--e patahantas imes--June 5, 2014 Pocahontas County Water Resources Task Force offers free events Grazia Apolinares Water Resources Coordinator ocahontas County is blessed with excep- tional water resources. Often referred to as the "Birthplace of Rivers," the county is home to the head- waters of eight rivers: the Cherry, Cranberry, Elk, Gauley, Greenbrier, Shavers Fork of the Cheat, Tygart Valley and Williams. In fact, all the surface water in Poca- hontas County originates here. This makes the county unique, and gives us an added responsibility to downstream communities. In 2008 the state legisla- ture mandated that the West Virginia Department of En- vironmental Protection (WVDEP) develop a state- wide water resources man- agement plan. When we learned that there was a pro- vision for counties to de- velop their own plans to be included in the state plan, the Pocahontas County Com- mission formed the Poca- hontas Water Resources Task Force (WRTF) in order to have a local voice. Since then, the Pocahontas County WRTF has been hard at work creating the Pocahontas County Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP). It was developed with signif- icant input from various local stakeholders, a team of qualified scientists and envi- ronmental consultants. The methodology used to create this plan has been reviewed and approved by the WV DEP and has been filed as part of West Virginia's statewide water resources management plan. No other counties chose to develop a WRMP. In other words, the Pocahontas County Water Resources Management Plan is the first - and only - of its kind in the.State of West Vir- ginia. In June, and throughout the coming year, the Poca- hontas County Water Re- sources Task Force will offer activities to introduce the community to the WRMP. Clean water is essential to our lives and livelihoods, and it is becoming clear that we cannot take it for granted. Although the state has passed new regulations to protect water, the Pocahontas County WRMP does not contain any regulations. It was developed on good faith that the people of Pocahon- tas County will choose to make responsible and sus- tainable decisions if given enough information to do so. It is our sincere hope that in- terest in and utilization of this plan will be widespread. The informational re- sources in the Pocahontas County WRMP include sci- entific reports, data, and tools, all available online at www.pocahontas water.org Features of this new web- site include an innovative mapping tool which illus- trates Pocahontas County's countless recreational oppor- tunities. A mix of rivers, trails, trout streams and points of historic interests in- vite residents and tourists to explore the county. These maps also present water as a critical resource to public health, the economy and the health of our ecosys- tems through our water man- agement and water quantity maps. The fundamental goal of the Pocahontas County WRMP involves monitoring, maintaining and, when pos- sible, enhancing the quality and quantity of Pocahontas County's water resources. In order to work toward this goal, Strategic Water Re- sources Areas (SWRAs) have been identified as loca- tions of priority for further monitoring. Data was col- lected from a variety of pub- lic and private sources to complete the analysis and the results have been mapped and quantified on the web- site. Despite this effort, more data is needed in order to stay informed of baseline conditions and be aware of any changes on our water sources. This is why the Pocahontas County WRTF is organizing the First Spring Stream Volunteer Monitor- ing Day. We invite you to participate. 1. Stream Volunteer Mon- itoring Day: Friday, June 13, 5 to 8 p.m. Site: We will do the study behind the bridge over Knapp's Creek located near Pocahontas Center. We will meet at the park- ing space across from the Board of Education offices near the bridge. This event will be a hands- on water quality traifling and sampling. Learn how to test for pH, alkalinity, iron and dissolved oxygen, and have fun learning about biological tests. This is a family-ori- ented activity. Please send us an email to pocahontash2o@ gmail or call 304-376-1996 if you plan to attend. 2. Informative Sessions at the libraries: Explore the WRMP through a series of Informative Sessions at your local library. Water resources task force coordinator Grazia Apolinares will be on-hand during these events to guide you through the website and answer any questions you may have. Information Sessions Schedule: Thursday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - McClintic Library Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Hillsboro Li- brary Tuesday, June 24, 2 to 6 p.m.- Durbin Library Friday, July llth 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Linwood Tuesday July 15th 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Green Bank The Water Resources Task Force is also interested in presenting at public and private organizations and agencies in the county, where we could explain the Water Resources Manage- ment Plan, in detail. For more information, please contact Water Re- sources Coordinator Grazia Apolinares via email at poc ahontash2o@gmail.com or by calling 304-376-1996. Pipeline, from page I A letter sent to affected Virginia residents states that the purpose of the pipeline is to "increase the availability of natural gas supplies in parts of the Southeast, in- cluding Virginia, thereby helping promote stable en- ergy prices and economic de- velopment ." While the letter implies the gas will be for domestic use, Dominion is in the process of obtaining govern- ment approval to export natural gas. Last September, the Obama administration granted a Dominion request for permission to export nat- ural gas from a facility in Maryland. On May 15, in its quest to export natural gas to Japan and India, the com- pany cleared another major hurdle when it received a fa- vorable environmental re- view for the export operation from FERC. The Pocahontas Times asked Dominion specifically if gas transported by the pro- posed pipeline would be ex- ported. Mack's email respon- se did not address the ques- tion of gas exports. "The pipeline would pro- vide improved domestic sup- ply of natural gas for power generation and for industrial, commercial and residential energy consumers," he wrote. Mack said Dominion would know by the end of the year if it plans to pursue the project. "Surveying will occur as early as this summer," he wrote. "If Dominion decides to pursue the project, then it will submit a pre-filing re- quest with the Federal En- ergy Regulatory Commis- sion by the end of the year, If the project is approved, we would anticipate project con- struction in 2017 and 2018, with service to oar customers beginning as early as the end of 2018." Geoff Hamill may be con- tacted at gshamill@pocahon tastimes.com County, from In other appointments, the commission appointed: Franklin Murphy and Cheryl Cassell to the Dramas, Fairs and Festivals Board; and Shawn Dunbrack, Cindy Wilfong, Joseph Smith, Jaynell Graham, Preston Cline, Tom Taylor, Randy Wilfong and Steve Tritapoe to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Snowshoe resident Richard Marker was on the commission agenda to re- quest a modification to the Snowshoe resort area district (RAD) petition. Specifically, Marker wants a dissolution clause inserted into the peti- tion. Pocahontas County Assis- tant Prosecuting Attorney Robert Martin said a dissolu- tion clause is not authorized under the state law that au- thorizes creation of RADs, and recommended that the commission not allow Marker to speak, because public meetings have been scheduled in July regarding the proposed resort area dis- trict. Martin said the com- mission risked being sued by Snowshoe if it allowed com- ments outside of the sched- page 2 uled public meetings. Marker requested to speak and Walker allowed him to speak. Marker gave his opin- ion that the process to create the RAD is undemocratic and recommended having a dissolution clause in the charter creating the RAD, if it is approved. A public meeting to hear comments on the RAD peti- tion is scheduled for Mon- day, July 7, at 5:30 p.m. A public meeting to consider and act on the petition is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, at 10 a.m. Members of the Pocahon- tas County Farmers Market board requested a $10,000 donation for construction of a Farmers Market pavilion in Linwood. Another non-profit group, Linwood Alive, re- ceived $10,000 for the same project last December. Commissioner William Beard said he would support the additional money if the group showed proof that the Farmers Market board ap- proved the full donation for the Linwood project. Beard moved to grant the contribu- tion request, contingent on the proof. Commissioner Jamie Walker opposed the contri- bution. Walker said the com- mission had already contributed $19,000 to Lin- wood groups in the current fiscal year. Walker said the commission policy is to con- tribute a maximum of $10,000 to any group during a fiscal year. He said a sec- ond $10,000 donation for the same project, through a sec- ond group, would violate the spirit of the policy. Walker objected, therefore the motion did not pass. In other business, the County Commission: - Approved an expenditure of $7,000 to Total Tech, LLC, to repair heat pumps in the Hanover Building. - Tabled action on a drug testing policy. Accepted a $34,000 Homeland Security grant for rescue training. Referred Snowshoe RAD administrative items to Martin for action. - Approved the sale of a county-owned vehicle, cur- rently used at the animal shelter. - Took no action on Health Department funding. The next County Commis- sion meeting is scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m. Calendar, from page 3 Author Carter Taylor Seaton, Sunday, June 8, 2 p.m. at the Linwood Library. She will discuss her new book, Hippie Homesteaders: Arts, Crafts, Music and Liv- ing on the Land in West Vir- ginia. For more information call 304-572-BOOK. Block Party, Monday, June 9, through Wednesday, June 11, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Marlinton Mini Park, First Avenue. Free Yard Sale, Monday, June 9, through Wednesday, June 11, 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Marlinton Mini Park, First Avenue. Green Bank Farmers Market, Wednesday, June 11, 3 to 6 p.m. at Henry's Quick Stop parking lot. Pocahontas County High School Beautification pro- ject, Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. Bring rakes, shovels and buckets. Lunch pro- vided. Habitat for Humanity Father's Day Build, Satur- day, June 14. For more infor- mation contact Pat at 304-358-7642. Cub Scout Pack #33 Awards Ceremony, Satur- day, June 14, 5 pan. Marlin- ton United Methodist Church. Youth Retreat, June 15 to 18, Ambassadors For Christ Campground. Registration deadline is June 9. For more information call 304-799- 7344. Huntersville/Minnehaha Community Yard Sale, June 20 and 21. Summer Reading Pro- gram, weekdays from 10:30 aan. to noon, for ages five to 12, June 25 through July 30, at the Green Bank Library; and June 18 through July 30 at the Durbin Art Center. Parents are urged to call the library to be on a call/email reminder list ahead of the program. Council, from page 2 The mayor said the firm C.I. Thornburg is in the nrocess of repairing the dam- aged control panels. In the meantime, he said, he would implement a council recom- mendation to create a log and have employees record tank water level checks in a log- book. Regarding bad taste, Smith said a team from Rural Water Association was expected in town this week to work on water plant filters, which could alleviate the problem. But the mayor said the problem is much larger than the control panels and filters. "The water system is out- dated and ready to collapse," he said. Last month, Council ap- plied for a $1.5 million Small Cities Block Grant (SCBG) to make repairs to the aging water plant. Smith reported that an additional $2,8 million loan for the project had been approved by Region IV Jobs Develop- ment Council, contingent on receipt of the SCBG grant and availability of funds. Councilmember Lousie Barnisky urged Council to contact elected officials. "I think we, as a council, need to keep after our House of Delegates, our senators, all these people that go to Charleston, and let them know that we are in a bad state for water," she said. "We should be asking them to help us to get our plant back in order. This is terrible that it's gone hot and no- body's done nothing about it." After hearing water com- plaints and discussing water issues for nearly 90 minutes, Vegetable Plants Tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower Flowers Hanging BaskeB xexif to got 304-799-4898 Open 7 days a week From fit. 2892:Take Laurel Run Road about 3 miles south of Dunmore. At Clover Lick, go straight 3 miles and turn left on Barnett Road. From Marlinton: Take Airport Road 5 miles to 'T' intersection, bear right onto Back Mtn./Edray Road. Go 4 miles and turn right on Barnett Road. We're at the end of the road. Council considered the sec- ond reading of an ordinance which would prohibit the feeding of wild animals. Council passed the first read- ing of the ordinance last month, in response to com- plaints about nuisance deer. Smith read an amendment to the ordinance which he said addressed public con- cerns. The mayor proposed that the ordinance apply only to areas east of the Green- brier River and north of Knapps Creek, thereby ex- cluding Pocahontas Center from the regulated area. The amendment also made the ordinance apply only to mammals and specifically excluded birds. Recorder Robin Muts- cheller also read an exemp- tion which she prepared to exclude Pocahontas Center, but said she would support Smith's amendment, which beds. Deer frolic in our yard daily and the residents al- ways look forward to watch- ing this activity. Residents and family members feed these deer in an effort to bring great joy to their loved ones. It would be a grievous hardship to our residents if you were to pass this ordi- nace, as it stands." Councilmember Loretta Malcomb said she opposed excluding the nursing home. "The deer don't know to stay at the nursing home, of course, so they do go every- where," she said. "And feed- ing animals is not good for them. Anybody will tell you - from DNR and all those - it isn't even healthy for them. Then, it brings in other crea- tures and other animals, as well. We saw three bear the other day coming down Thomastown Road." Councilmember Norris Long said he opposes ex- emptions, in general. "I did not like the idea of accomplished the same pur 'r exemptions, per se, because pose. Before Council acted on the ordinance, Pocahontas Center Director Judd Worth and Department Director John Lamb pleaded with Council to exempt the nurs- ing home, because residents there enjoy seeing and feed- ing deer. Worth presented a letter to Council which read, in part: "The Pocahontas Center has 68 residents that live here full-time. Most of these elderly citizens have limited mobility and therefore are unable to enjoy the beauty of our local area. As many of you know, our frail residents are able to watch our local deer population eat and play from the comfort of their then, somebody up the road might ask for an exemption for their place," he said. Long said he was willing to allow the exemption for the nursing home, as long as Council reserves the right to reconsider, if deer problems persist in the area. Council voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance, incorporat- ing Smith's amendment to exclude Pocahontas Center. Malcomb voted in opposi- tion. 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