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WV issues new stormwater management guide

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A new guide is helping West Virginia communities reduce the impacts of polluted stormwater on the state's streams and rivers.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said it has issued the West Virginia Stormwater Management and Design Guidance Manual.

Officials say the 500-page guide produced by the Center for Watershed Protection is the first of its kind in the state. State and federal funds were used for the $150,000 project.

The guide outlines ways to use plants and soils to reduce runoff volumes and pollutants at development and redevelopment sites.

The state environmental agency says the manual can be used as a design resource by any community interested in more effectively dealing with the harmful effects of polluted stormwater to West Virginia's waterways.

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