Our mission is to preserve and protect Monroe County’s abundant, pure water. Education that leads to citizens’ involvement with watershed issues and local planning efforts are the key to Monroe County water protection.
Announcing: ICWA’s Interactive Environmental Map
We welcome your help to defend West Virginia’s precious water resources!
- Use the map to identify critical risks and sensitivities. Send your comments about potential impacts to the FERC, the WV Department of Environmental Protection, the US Army Corps of Engineers, legislators, and others. Click to view or print a Quick-Start PDF guide.
- Share your ideas and suggestions. Email us at IndianCreekWater@gmail.com.
Read printable copies of documents ICWA has submitted to the FERC, Dr. Ernst Kastning’s about karst and Dr. Pamela Dodds report about about hydrogeology in Monroe and Summers Counties.
FERC Comment Index Project
Please help compile data about key informational comments that have been submitted to the FERC by individuals, groups, and agencies. This information will be shared for use in preparing comments on the DEIS and other state and federal permit applications.
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Here are two ways to support future development of the Interactive Environmental Mapping Project:
- Send a check: Please make your check payable to Indian Creek Watershed Association or ICWA, and indicate “Environmental Map Project” on the check. Mail to: Indian Creek Watershed Association, P.O. Box 711, Union, WV 24983.
- Donate on-line:
ICWA is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Indian Creek Watershed Association (ICWA) has been an active watershed organization since 1996. Our focus and mission is “The preservation and protection of Monroe County’s abundant, pure water.” Our members come from all walks of life including the public and private sectors, self-employed and retired individuals, outdoor enthusiasts, old time families and newcomers, farmers, homemakers, school employees, social workers and historians. We are fortunate to have a strong core of individuals who are extremely interested in how the quality of our waters impacts the well being of area citizens and we continue to seek out ways to expand our membership.
Water is essential for life. It is in constant motion, running over and through the earth in groundwater, creeks, streams and rivers, collecting in lakes and ponds, and flowing into the oceans. Along the way, it evaporates into the air and returns to the earth as rain, ice and snow.
A watershed is an area of land that acts like a funnel, collecting all of the water that falls from the sky and delivering it back into a common body of water. Most of the water that falls on Monroe County flows west into the New River. Indian Creek and Rich Creek flow directly into the New, while waters from Second Creek and Wolf Creek get to the New by way of the Greenbrier River. A small amount of water in the eastern part of the county flows eastward into the James River. The water we drink and use in Monroe County comes out of our watersheds from springs and wells tapped into groundwater.
Unlike 90% of all watersheds on earth, our water runs through karst formation. Karst is a landscape with sinkholes and caves caused by underground erosion of limestone bedrock. Cracks and hollows in the limestone create underground streams and aquifers that allow surface water to rapidly join with ground water. There are both advantages and disadvantages to living on karst formation. Water in our area is abundant. Unlike some other watersheds, our ground water is rapidly replenished by surface water. However, in other watersheds toxins and other contaminants are filtered out of surface water as it works it way slowly through the soil and rock into the ground water. Flowing through relatively hollow karst, contaminants can be rapidly dumped directly into our groundwater. People living in a karst region need to educate themselves and their neighbors about the nature of their water source and work together to protect the quality of their water.
Indian Creek Watershed Association pipeline statement:
Indian Creek Watershed Association is very concerned about the impact of the two proposed pipelines on the water and watershed areas. The large size and scale of the pipes and required easement corridors; the numerous stream crossings, including in sensitive limestone and karst areas; and the erosion and run-off from vertical cuts over ridges and Peters Mountain—all of these put our watersheds at serious risk and threaten the quality of life unique to Monroe County. There must be a very transparent review and decision-making process that both solicits and takes into consideration the concerns of everyone affected.
As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) considers its environmental impact study of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) routes, a county-wide effort is under way to help landowners to identify and protect their property, as well as the resources of Monroe County.
The Indian Creek Watershed Association (ICWA) is helping Monroe County landowners gather information to be used to help protect our environment and culture from the the threat of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).
This information on-line form is for everyone who wants to send in information to protect their property. No one really knows where the pipeline might cross our valley — the original path, alternate path or somewhere else.
ICWA Membership is $10 for individuals and $15 for families.
For more information or to become involved, email: email@example.com
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