Sustainable Practices - Land Use

The policies and practices governing land use within communities are fundamental to sustainability and protection of ground and surface water quality and quantity.

The Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic in conjunction with the Center works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments and communities within watersheds in West Virginia to provide transactional legal assistance to protect and enhance water quality and promote sustainable land use practices. The LUSD assists with protection of land essential to watersheds through conservation/riparian easements or other land and water protection strategies; drafting of land use plans and ordinances to protect ground and surface water quality and quantity; and solving residential wastewater issues (e.g., “straight piping”) in order to protect both ground and surface water.