In Monroe County, Indian Creek and Rich Creek watersheds flow west into the New River. Second Creek and Wolf Creek watersheds flow west into the Greenbrier River on their way to the New River. Water from the New River eventually joins the Mississippi and flows into the Gulf of Mexico. In the eastern part of the county, Potts Creek, Sweet Spring Creek and Cove Creek flow into the James River headed for the Chesapeake.
As it flows through our county we benefit from the water, using it for many things including drinking, farming, irrigation, industry, and sanitation. The citizens of Monroe County have been blessed with ample clean water.
We, and our watersheds sit on a karst formation. Karst occurs in limestone originally created as ocean bottom. Over the millennia as the earth’s crust has shifted, the limestone has been lifted well above sea level. It has cracked. Water running into the cracks, has eroded the soft limestone. Acidic water has cut caves and large cavities into it.