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Office of land & streams



Land and streams

The Office of Land and Streams is committed to preserve, protect and enhance the State's title to its recreation lands for today's citizens, visitor users and future generations.

The beds of West Virginia’s 34,000 miles of rivers, creeks and streams are under title to the State Of West Virginia and require protection to preserve, protect and enhance their ecological and recreational uses.

A Stream Activity Application must be submitted for activities such as the construction of pipelines; underground or underwater cables; overhead power and telephone lines crossing the state’s waterways; bridges; culverts; dredging operations; commercial docking, loading and mooring facilities; and other major operations of this nature. Special permits, rights-of-way licenses or stream structure agreements are required and must be approved in advance by the Division of Natural Resources Office of Land and Streams. 
You do not need to submit a Stream Activity Application if you are removing floating woody debris or trash from the stream such as tree limbs and trash blocking the mouth of a culvert or accumulating around the piers of a bridge, if this work can be performed from the stream bank without placing equipment in the stream or disturbing the streambed.

If you should have any questions on this issue, please contact the Office of Land and Streams at (304) 558-3225.

To print the application and fill out by hand, download the following file.

 Stream Activity Application 

To complete the application online and then print, download the following file.

Stream Activity Application