- LiDAR Project
- GeoMine Project
- Trends in Mining Fills
- Mapping Vegetation Change
- Extraction and Characterization of High Walls
- Using Remote Sensing to Map Vegetation
- Well Location Accuracy Assessment
- Estimating Changes in Drainage patterns
- Development of a Mining Fill Inventory
- Detection of Mining Valley Fills
- Assessment of LIDAR Data Quality
- GIS Data
- Map Services
- DEP Home
The WVDEP provides download services for GIS data developed or maintained in-house. Data is available as shapefiles or file geodatabases. Lidar data is available as LAS files. Nearly all commercial mapping software can read the shapefile format. In addition there are a variety of open source or free software that can read shapefiles, including QGIS, ArcGIS Earth and Google Earth Pro. Most vector data is updated daily Monday-Friday.
- (DMR) Underground mining limits-- Extents of potential underground mining. Data is taken from subsidence control plan maps. It represents the area within which mining may take place, for purposes of subsidence planning, and not the area wich already has been mined.
- (DMR) NPDES outlets (mining only)-- Mining related discharge outlets associated with the Clean Water Act's NPDES program.
- (DMR) Permit boundary-- Mining permit boundaries, representing areas of surface disturbance associated with coal and quarry mining operations.
- (DMR) Mining Permits (points, from ERIS database)-- point locations of mining permits, from the WVDEP ERIS database. Includes many older, closed permits for which no permit boundary is available.
- (DMR) Mining refuse structures-- Locations of coal refuse fills and impoundment.
- (DMR) Valley fills-- Extents of overburden fills associated with mining activity.
- (OER) Open dump cleanup sites
- (OER) Open dumps, not completed
- (OER) Voluntary remediation sites-- point locations from DEP's ERIS database associated with voluntary remediation projects
- (OOG) Gas well lateral extents -- Simplified two-point line segments connecting top and bottom hole locations of horizontal wells, from the DEP's RBDMS database.
- (OOG) Oil&gas wells-- Well locations from the DEP's RBDMS database.
- (OSR) Special reclamation sampling locations-- Locations and sample information associated with the Office of Special Reclamation projects.
- (OSR) Special reclamation sites
- (OWR) NPDES outlets (non-mining)-- Locations of discharge outlets associated with the Clean Water Act's NPDES program, not including outlets related to mining activity.
- (OWR) NPDES permits (non-mining)-- Locations of permits issued under the Clean Water Act NPDES program, not including permits related to mining activity. Also, note that residential sewage (septic tank and home aeration unit) permits have been removed from this dataset.
Data published by other offices
- 2012 303d/305b streams shapefile: [direct link] Available from the West Virginia Integrated Water Quality and Monitoring Report page
- Tier 3 stream shapefile: [direct link] Available from the Water Quality Standards Page
- Land use Covenants associated with Voluntary Remediation Agreements [direct link] Available from the Voluntary Remediation Page
- active mining program-- feature classes associated with the active mining program:
- permit boundary
- mining limits
- valley fills
- refuse structures
- permit point locations
- oil and gas data-- includes feature classes from the office of oil and gas
- water resources data-- permit data from the office of water resources
- watershed assessment branch-- datasets created and maintained by the Watershed Assessment Branch (Also see section above-- Data published by other offices)
WVDEP Lidar data was collected by the Natural Resource Analysis Center at WVU under contract with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Mining and Reclamation.
The data was collected between 04/09/2010 and 12/13/2011 during leaf-off, snow and flood free conditions in the spring and fall.
The data format is 1.5x1.5 km LAS v1.2 files in UTM 17 NAD83 (CORS96), NAVD88 (GEOID09). Contractor software initially classified ground returns for comprehensive and bare earth tiles, but did not perform other classifications. The Technical Applications and GIS (TAGIS) unit at the WVDEP performed Quality control checking and error correction on a tile-by-tile basis before creating derived products and edited LAS files.
Individual LAS format tiles are available for download through the LiDAR application. Tiles are 1.5km square. Using the application is easy-- just zoom in until the 1.5km tile grid is visible and click on a tile. A popup window will contain a link to the tile. Tiles also can be downloaded directly from the lidar repository
Hardware and flight parameters:
Scanner: Optech ALTM-3100
Post Spacing (Average): 3.3 ft / 1.0 meter
Flying Height (Above Ground Level): 5,000-ft / 1,524 meters
Average Ground Speed: 135 knots (155 MPH)
Scanner Pulse Rate Frequency: 70,000 Hz
Scanner Frequency / Field of View: 35 Hz / 36 degrees (18 half angle)
Overlap (Average): 30%
Lidar Documents & shapefiles:
- dataset boundaries for lidar datasets in West Virginia
- tile boundaries for lidar datasets in West Virginia (shapefile))
- tile boundaries for WVDEP lidar datasets in West Virginia (downloadable from this site
- metadata overview
Features digitized from the "Geologic Map of West Virginia" by D. H. Cardwell, 1968.