Water Resources
 
Major Tributaries
 
According to the U.S. Geological Survey 7 1/2 minute quadrangle maps, Dunkard Creek has 80 named tributaries. The following table lists the major tributaries and the respective drainage areas.
 
TABLE 3. Major Tributaries    
Tributary Name Drainage Area State Located
Pennsylvania Fork 24,098 acres PA
West Virginia Fork 16,233 acres WV
Miracle Run 14,854 acres WV
Toms Run 11,259 acres PA
Days Run 9,237 acres WV
Jakes Run 8,204 acres WV
Roberts Run 7,766 acres PA
Hoovers Run 7,214 acres PA
Dolls Run 6,967 acres WV
Rudolph Run 6,453 acres PA
Shannon Run 6,259 acres PA
Meadow Run 4,896 acres PA
 
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Chapter 93 Water Quality Standards, all tributaries to Dunkard Creek in Pennsylvania are designated as warm water fisheries with the exception of Little Shannon Run which is designated as a cold water fishery. There are no streams designated as high quality or exceptional value in this watershed.
 
Wetlands
 
The National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) has documented 203 wetlands in the Dunkard Creek watershed. They range in area from less than 1 acre to about 20 acres. Over 90% are classified as Palustrine, and many of those are either persistent emergent or deciduous scrub-shrub, and they may be temporarily or seasonally flooded. A great number of the wetlands are classified as Palustrine-permanently flooded impoundments having an unknown bottom, and are associated with active or recent mining operations. Several of the larger wetlands, classified as Lacustrine-limnetic with unconsolidated bottom and permanently flooded, are actually coal waste impoundments. In the far western reaches of the watershed, several wetlands associated with beaver activity are located on an unnamed tributary of the Pennsylvania Fork of Dunkard Creek. The approximate range of total area covered by this wetland type is 300-500 acres. Other wetland types and regimes are located throughout this watershed area.
 
Flood Plain Characteristics
 
The floodplain characteristics of the watershed were identified in 1992 as part of the Statewide Flood Damage Assessment. The floodplain is approximately 1600 acres. An estimated 220 homes and 60 commercial properties are located in the floodplain. The following data was collected concerning land use of the 1600 acre floodplain:
 
TABLE 4. Floodplain Land Use
 
Land Use Percentage Acres
Grassland 45% 720
Woodland 19% 304
Urban/Residential 3% 48
Cropland 0% 0%
Other(mine land, roads) 33% 528