The WVDEP provides download services for GIS data developed or maintained in-house. Our enterprise data is available for downloading from our Open Data Hub website and the links are below. 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 which 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: Completely Released mining permit boundaries, representing areas of surface disturbance associated with coal and quarry mining operations.
- (DMR) Permit Boundary: Revoked mining permit boundaries, representing areas of surface disturbance associated with coal and quarry mining operations.
- (DMR) Permit Boundary: Not Released 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 Fills-- Locations of coal refuse fills.
- (DMR) Mining Refuse Impoundments-- Locations of coal refuse impoundments.
- (DMR) Spoil Fills-- Extents of overburden fills associated with mining activity.
- (OER) Open Dump Projects
- (OER) Open Dumps, Not Completed
- (OER) Open Dumps, Archive Pre-2018
- (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-- Locations of discharge outlets, monitoring wells, and other points associated with the Clean Water Act's NPDES program, not including outlets related to mining activity.
- (OWR) NPDES Permits-- 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
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:
Features digitized from the "Geologic Map of West Virginia" by D. H. Cardwell, 1968.
- 2014 303d 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
- 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