By Jean A. Flanagan
“Over the past five years, the health of the Potomac River has been increasing. We wanted to acknowledge the efforts of the counties to clean up their sewer systems.”
Chad Thompson, stormwater specialist with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection brought good news to the Hardy County Commission during their first meeting of the new fiscal year. The commission met Wednesday, July 5.
Thompson presented two studies as evidence the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay are on the road to recovery.
The Potomac Report Card, produced by the Potomac Conservancy, gives the river a B-minus grade in overall health. “That’s a big improvement from the “C” grade it received in 2013 and the “D” grade in 2011,” Thompson said.
Commissioner William “JR” Keplinger asked about the impact of the George Washington National Forest. “How is that deterioration of organic material being considered?” he asked.